Lineup changes for Sunday’s split squads

Hot-hitting shortstop Alex Gonzalez and center fielder Carlos Gomez were scratched from Brewers split-squad starting lineups on Sunday, Gonzalez with a bruised right heel and Gomez with an illness.

Gonzalez was to bat fifth in the Brewers’ split-squad game against the Dodgers at Maryvale Baseball Park. He was 2-for-2 with two runs scored on Saturday, and entered Sunday leading the Brewers with 23 total bases this spring. Cesar Izturis, originally slated to start the other split-squad game, in Surprise, Ariz. against the Royals, started at shortstop against the Dodgers instead.

“We talked about maybe playing [Gonzalez], but decided to give him today,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “Hopefully, tomorrow he’ll be back in there.”

Gomez was to play center field at Maryvale but started feeling sick Saturday night and was sent home Sunday. He was replaced by journeyman Corey Patterson, who has been playing in the Brewers’ Minor League camp.

For the record, here are the updated lineups:

Home vs. Dodgers
Norichika Aoki RF
Brooks Conrad 1B
Rickie Weeks 2B
Aramis Ramirez 3B
Jonathan Lucroy C
Cesar Izturis SS
Corey Patterson CF
Logan Schafer LF
Shaun Marcum RHP

Away vs. Royals
Nyjer Morgan CF
Scooter Gennett 2B
Travis Ishikawa LF
Mat Gamel 1B
George Kottaras C
Taylor Green 3B
Paul Phillips DH
Caleb Gindl RF
Edwin Maysonet SS

RHP Marco Estrada is starting against the Royals.


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