Roenicke OK, to manage tonight

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is expected in the dugout as usual Tuesday night after a morning bout of back spasms sent him to a Chicago emergency room.

Milwaukee’s WTMJ radio reported that news after a producer called Roenicke for his weekly segment and instead reached his wife, Karen. She told the station that Ron’s back had locked up around 5:30 a.m. CT, and he was taken to a local hospital.

At around 9:30 a.m. CT, a Brewers spokesperson said Roenicke has back at the team hotel and “fine.” He was expected to manage Game 2 of the Brewers-Cubs series Tuesday night.

That qualified as great news, considering the Brewers epic spate of early-season issues. Besides the fact the team is 2-4 and has already replaced its closer, Roenicke joined a growing injury report that had already claimed one first baseman (Mat Gamel) for the season, another (Corey Hart) for the first two months of the season and currently features five players on the 15-day disabled list, including two (third baseman Aramis Ramirez and reliever Chris Narveson) who were on the Opening Day roster. Plus, starting shortstop Jean Segura is day-to-day with a deep left thigh bruise.

The Brewers got one player back Monday, when Ryan Braun returned from three games missed to neck spasms. He contributed three hits, a run scored and an RBI to the team’s 7-4 win Monday in the Cubs’ home opener.

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