Brewers very shorthanded today

Ron Roenicke had his fingers crossed before managing the most shorthanded game of his career on Sunday, when right fielder Ryan Braun and shortstop Jean Segura were sidelined by injuries and backup catcher Martin Maldonado served the final game of his suspension.

A team doctor spent Sunday morning examining Braun, who exited Saturday win over the Cubs with a right rib-cage strain, and Segura, who was struck in the face by Braun’s bat earlier in the game as Braun got loose on the top step of the dugout, but Roenicke said there were no immediate plans to place either player on the disabled list.

Segura had stitches Saturday night and should be active in a few days. Braun’s absence is much more open-ended.

“I’ve dealt with it before, and it’s uncomfortable,” said Braun, who has been dealing with a strained intercostal muscle for several days. “Sleeping’s not very good. I’ll get treatment twice today and probably get treatment twice every day, and see what happens. Hope it gets better.”

Asked whether he worried he might end up on the DL, Braun said, “You know I don’t speculate on that. It’s day to day. I remain optimistic. I’ll get my treatment.”

Segura was not available to reporters during the open clubhouse session but had a nasty cut under his right eye. Braun has long warmed up by swinging his bat on the top dugout step when he is “in the hole,” especially of late because he has stopped taking pre-game swings in the batting cage to protect his troublesome right thumb. Teammates and coaches are aware of the practice and usually stay away.

Braun still felt terrible about the accident on Sunday morning.

“Whenever you hurt one of your friends, no matter how it happened, it’s always kind of disturbing,” he said.

Roenicke, meanwhile, was tasked with managing a game with only two position players available on the bench: Mark Reynolds, who could play anywhere but catcher, and Rickie Weeks, who is considered by the club a second baseman, period. Pitchers Yovani Gallardo and Kyle Lohse were at the ready Sunday just in case, Gallardo probably to pinch-hit and Lohse to play a corner outfield spot in an emergency.

As of Sunday morning, Brewers officials had not discussed with Roenicke a DL move for either Braun or Segura.

“We don’t expect them to be real long, but you never know,” Roenicke said.

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