Braun feeling better, but still sidelined
The bottom line for the Brewers on Sunday was that Ryan Braun’s neck was still too stiff to start against Arizona. He missed a third straight game.
“I don’t want to do status updates every day,” Braun said. “As soon as I’m able to get to a point where I have any chance to contribute and play, I’ll be playing. It’s a little bit better today than yesterday, which is a good thing. Other than that, as soon as I can play, as soon as I have any chance to contribute, I’m playing.”
He was not playing Sunday, so manager Ron Roenicke employed another new left fielder (Logan Schafer) and another new lineup, this one with second-year shortstop Jean Segura batting in Braun’s three-hole and second baseman Rickie Weeks hitting cleanup for the first time in his Major League career.
With Braun sidelined and third baseman Aramis Ramirez on the disabled list with a sprained knee, Segura and Weeks were the only two healthy Brewers regulars batting better than .286 through the team’s first five games.
Sitting has not been fun, Braun said.
“I feel like I’ve been out for a week,” he said, “and it’s been less than 48 hours since I did it. Hopefully it gets better sooner rather than later.”
Here’s that full lineup, by the way, as the Brewers debut the gold jerseys that were approved by Major League Baseball over the winter as alternates:
1. Norichika Aoki RF
2. Carlos Gomez CF
3. Jean Segura SS
4. Rickie Weeks 2B
5. Alex Gonzalez 3B
6. Logan Schafer LF
7. Yuniesky Betancourt 1B
8. Martin Maldonado C
9. Yovani Gallardo RHP
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