Braun, Ramirez out Sunday vs. Pirates
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez — Milwaukee’s No. 3 and No. 4 hitters — both had the day off Sunday to rest minor but troublesome injuries.
It’s the first time both players have missed the same game this season. And with catcher Jonathan Lucroy already on the 15-day disabled list, the Brewers were without their top three run producers in Sunday’s rubber match against the Pirates.
Manager Ron Roenicke said it’s been a tough task to come to Miller Park and write a different lineup nearly every day because of all the injuries his team has dealt with this season.
Setting Sunday’s lineup — different for the 18th consecutive game — might have been the most difficult, though.
“It’s been a weird season so far,” Roenicke said. “But I still think with the pitching staff and whoever we put out there — just like [Sunday]. We’ve done a lineup similar to this before, and we scored 16 runs so it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen.”
Ramirez remained confident on Sunday that his mild left quadriceps strain — suffered in Saturday’s 5-1 win — won’t keep him out long, but he said he was a little sore.
“We’re waiting on the doctor,” Ramirez said. “He’s going to check me out, and we’ll see what he says.”
Roenicke said Dr. William Raasch would also look at Braun, who has been bothered by a tight right Achilles since May 1. Trying to protect his Achilles, Braun slid awkwardly into second base on Friday and also agitated his right hip.
The Brewers have Monday off, and Ramirez said he hopes to be ready by Tuesday, when the Cubs come to Miller Park. Roenicke said he will have to wait and see how both Braun and Ramirez feel Tuesday morning before making any decisions.
The Brewers played Sunday’s game without five of the top eight batters from their Opening Day lineup. Still, Roenicke said he’s confident in any of the players he puts on the field.
“All of these guys are capable of having good days,” he said. “And if they do, we’re going to score a lot of runs.”
— Jeremy Warnemuende