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Sounds play along with Will Ferrell

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Give the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate some credit for playing along with a gag at Round Rock, Tex. on Thursday night. 
The Nashville Sounds’ game was interrupted in the top of the sixth inning for an appearance by Rojo Johnson, an East Texas-born, Venezuela-raised ex-con who had just signed with the Astros and was actually comedian Will Ferrell. He didn’t last long, firing his only pitch behind a fake Sounds batter and drawing an ejection. 
Ferrell, of course, didn’t let the gag end there. He ran around the field while the batter gave chase. The video is available at MLB.com.
“Mentally, I feel like I have the strength of 10 men, after that,” Ferrell/Johnson, who ripped off his mustache during the on-field chase, told reporters in a postgame press conference.
“Nashville showed a lot of stuff tonight,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of moxie.”
They also won the game. Nashville avoided a three-game sweep with a win behind six scoreless innings from starter Kameron Loe and home runs by Adam Stern and Jonathan Lucroy. 
Keep an eye on Stern, who returned from a rib-cage injury about a week ago and could be a candidate for a promotion this weekend, depending on the results of Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez’s MRI scan this morning. The Brewers would probably prefer to promote a right-handed outfielder if Gomez misses time, but Lorenzo Cain is still on the disabled list at Double-A Huntsville and Brendan Katin is still injured at Nashville. 
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Gomez to undergo tests Friday

Banged-up Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez said he expects to undergo an MRI scan on Friday in Phoenix to determine the extent of his injured left shoulder. 
Gomez was out of the starting lineup on Thursday, a day after he hurt his right wrist and his left shoulder diving safely back to second base in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ second straight win over the Dodgers. He remained in the game for the rest of that inning but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth. 
On Thursday afternoon, Gomez’s left arm hung limp next to his body. 
“It feels a little better but still sore,” Gomez said. “I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with my shoulder but hopefully [on Friday] I’m going to find out.”
The Brewers delayed the test because their year-round training facility is in Phoenix and Gomez can see the team’s own doctors there. 
Asked whether the pain was in the front or the back of his shoulder, Gomez said, “The whole shoulder.”
He’s already had one MRI scan on this road trip, last weekend in San Diego to determine the severity of a sore left knee. That ailment has been with him since Spring Training, but Gomez aggravated it trying to beat out a bunt on Friday and missed the team’s final two games against the Padres.
“It happens,” Gomez shrugged. “It’s frustrating, but I’m not going to be negative. I’m always positive. You feel bad, but you can’t do anything about it.” 
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No Gomez for series finale in L.A.

As of this writing, there’s no official word on the health of Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez, who injured his right hand and his left shoulder in a dive back to second base on Wednesday night. But he’s out of the lineup for Thursday’s series finale against the Dodgers, so Jim Edmonds will man center field as the Brewers seek their first-ever sweep of L.A.
I will pass along an update on Gomez as soon as possible. In the meantime, here’s the lineup:

Rickie Weeks  2B 

Jim Edmonds  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Gregg Zaun  C
Corey Hart  RF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Dave Bush  RHP
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Gomez banged-up in win

Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez’s eighth-inning scramble back to second base on Wednesday could prove costly. His right hand was swollen after his half-headfirst slide, half-belly flop, but the real concern was Gomez’s left shoulder, which will be examined further on Thursday. 
“My hand is going to be all right,” Gomez said. “I don’t know about my shoulder.” 
Gomez was at first base on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning when Ryan Braun hit an RBI single to right field. Gomez fell after making the turn for third base and was briefly caught in a rundown, but he was able to scamper back safely and flop into second base. 
He lay in the dirt for a moment while members of the Brewers’ athletic training staff gave him a look. Gomez remained in the game and eventually scored, then played the bottom of the inning in center field before giving way to a pinch-hitter in the top of the ninth.  
Gomez was 1-for-5 with a pair of runs in Wednesday’s 11-3 win and is batting .276 this season with a .321 on-base percentage. He’s third on the team with 16 runs scored.
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Gomez back in Brewers' lineup

After scoring two runs in four games against the Padres, the Brewers will try to find their collective swing at Dodger Stadium. Carlos Gomez will play for the first time since Friday, when he injured his left knee while trying to leg out a bunt.
Rickie Weeks  2B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Ryan Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Corey Hart  RF
Gregg Zaun  C
Alcides Escobar  S
Chris Narveson  LHP
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Gomez returns to lineup

Pretty standard stuff from manager Ken Macha, who returned Carlos Gomez to the lineup for Game 2 of the Brewers’ series in Pittsburgh. Hart remains in right field because the Brewers are facing a left-hander, Pittsburgh’s Zach Duke.

Rickie Weeks  2B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Corey Hart  RF
Gregg Zaun  C
Alcides Escobar  SS
Yovani Gallardo  RHP
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Gomez dropped to seventh

Game No. 8, lineup No. 8 for Brewers manager Ken Macha, who dropped center fielder Carlos Gomez down to the seven hole for Wednesday’s game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Corey Hart is up in the two-hole, where he has a .367 career on-base percentage. 
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Gregg Zaun  C
Carlos Gomez  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Dave Bush  RHP
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Gomez working on his swing (with some data)

Brewers manager Ken Macha said Carlos Gomez has been tweaking his swing to produce more ground balls. The key for the speedy center fielder is keeping his lead elbow low, and thus keeping the bat head from dropping down.
“Yesterday’s batting practice, I thought he swung the bat as well as he has this spring,” Macha said. “We want him to get it on the ground, but I don’t want him to conscious about it. … A lot of the balls he hit in batting practice were hard and low.”
Macha asked his statistical gurus to prepare a report of Gomez’s success on fly balls, line drives, ground balls and bunts. It bore out what Macha suspected, that he would be well-served to avoid hitting everything in the air. 
Here’s the data, courtesy of Brewers manager of advance scouting and baseball research Karl Mueller:
Career batting average by batted ball type… 
Ground Balls – .268 (306 put in play)
Line Drives – .631 (123 put in play)
Fly Balls – .195 (261 put in play)
Bunts – .446 (102 put in play, 10 of which were sacrifices)
It’s no surprise that the line drive average is so high. The Major League average is about .700.
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Macha repeated what closer Trevor Hoffman said Tuesday, that there’s no reason to worry about the fact he has yet to appear in a Cactus League game. Hoffman is taking it easy this spring to avoid a situation like the one that emerged last year, when he strained a rib-cage muscle. 
Hoffman threw a bullpen session on Monday and said he could debut in a game at some point next week. 
“Myself, personally, it’s not a concern for me right now,” Macha said. “He’s got plenty of time to get ready.”
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Third baseman Mat Gamel remained a “non-participant,” to borrow Macha’s phrase, on Wednesday as he tries to quiet a sore shoulder. Outfielder Trent Oeltjen (wrist) has been taking swings in the batting cage at 75-80 percent, Macha said, and was to see one of the team’s doctors on Wednesday. So was right-hander Josh Butler, who has a sore right elbow or triceps. 
Butler had a cortisone shot several days ago and conceded that unless he gets back to throwing very soon, he might miss out on Cactus League action. 
“It’s going to be close,” Butler said. “Hopefully I can [pitch in a game] but the biggest thing right now is getting healthy.”
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The Brewers play split-squad games on Thursday and again on Saturday, so third base coach Brad Fischer made a point in the team’s morning meeting of telling players to make sure they know where they are going over the next few days. 
This early in camp, the extra games are a good thing, at least from a pitching perspective. The Brewers say they are considering seven men for the starting rotation, and this week lines up such that Chris Narveson can pitch on the road against the Reds on Thursday while Randy Wolf works against the A’s at home, and Dave Bush and Manny Parra can each start a game on Saturday, when the Brewers play at home against Colorado and on the road at the White Sox. 
“We’ve got a large number [of pitchers] in camp and we’ve got a big competition in the starting [rotation] so we’ve been able to slot guys,” Macha said. 
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Emptying Thursday's notebook

Some final notes after a 5-3 loss to the Giants in Scottsdale…

Jeff Suppan threw fastballs and changeups in an uneventful six-up, six-down spring debut and was happy with his afternoon. He focused on spotting his fastball and keeping his change-up low in the strike zone. 
“I felt good,” he said. “My goal was to go out and get ahead. That was No. 1. No. 2, I wanted to have a good downhill plane. I felt like I accomplished that.”
Suppan had to do a double-take when Giants starter Barry Zito drilled Prince Fielder with a pitch. (You can read some more about that later on Brewers.com.) 
“I was like, ‘What?’ I had to think what happened,” Suppan said. “Then, I remembered.”
Macha called the Zito-Fielder incident a, “non-issue.”
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Macha found a number of silver linings to the afternoon, and one of them didn’t show up in the box score. In Weeks’ second at-bat, he checked his swing on a Todd Wellemeyer pitch in the dirt without any complications. That was something of a big deal to Macha considering that Weeks is returning from a 2009 season mostly lost to wrist surgery. Weeks was injured on a check swing last year, Macha said. 
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Ryan Braun should make his spring debut on Friday after getting Thursday afternoon off but Macha couldn’t say for sure whether shortstop Alcides Escobar would start. Escobar had two root canals on Thursday (ouch) and has another dentist appointment scheduled for next week. 
On Friday, we should be able to provide more of an injury report on third baseman Mat Gamel, who was scratched Thursday because of a sore right shoulder, and pitcher Josh Butler, who has been bumped back a bit because of his own sore right arm. 
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Macha cautioned against reading too much into center fielder Carlos Gomez hitting second on Thursday. “We had problems with our two- and our five-hole last year, so we’ll give some [different] guys a chance to go out there,” Macha said. 
Speaking of the outfield, look for Jim Edmonds to get the start in center field or right field on Friday against the A’s. It’s Ben Sheets against Yovani Gallardo, whose contract was renewed Thursday, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. If you have MLB.com’s gameday audio package, you can listen to the exclusive webcast at Brewers.com. Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will step behind the mic for the first time this year. 
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Macha might hit pitcher eighth

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We’re planning to roll out story tomorrow morning about Ken Macha readying for his second season at the helm of the Brewers, in which he admits that he may have gotten off on the wrong foot with some of his hitters last spring. While that story is in the works, I thought I would pass along a couple of tidbits this afternoon. 
If he put together a lineup today, Macha said it would look like this: 
1. Rickie Weeks, 2B 
2. Casey McGehee, 3B
3. Ryan Braun, LF 
4. Prince Fielder, 1B 
5. Corey Hart, RF 
6. Gregg Zaun, C 
7. Carlos Gomez, CF 
8. Pitcher 
9. Alcides Escobar, SS  
That’s all subject to change over the next six weeks, of course, especially the idea of batting the pitcher in the eight-hole. The Brewers have tried that alignment a number of times over the past two seasons with varying results, and Macha remains intrigued by either Gomez or Escobar in the nine-spot. The idea is to get another man on base in front of the Brewers’ fabulous three-four hitters. 
“We’ll have to see,” Macha said. “I tried Escobar there last year, and the key is you’ve got to get on base. If you get somebody who gets on at a .360 [on-base percentage] rate, then it has some advantages. It may be something to look at a bit further.”  
As for the starting rotation, Macha said that all six primary competitors for the rotation – Dave Bush, Doug Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra, Jeff Suppan and Randy Wolf — would be on an even playing field. Barring injury, though, it seems extremely likely that Gallardo, Wolf and Davis will lead the group into the season.  
Macha wasn’t ready to officially name Gallardo his Opening Day starter, but it comes as no surprise that he’s the leading competitor.  
“It would be nice to put it out there for him this year,” Macha said.  
Macha also ticked off some of his priorities for camp. Look for those in my story tomorrow. 
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