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After missing three games with a neck strain, Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is back in Milwaukee's lineup for Monday afternoon's game against the Cubs.
Braun first felt the neck strain while working out prior to Friday's game and it locked up during batting practice.
The decision to return Monday didn't come until late, as Braun tested the neck during batting practice.
Braun's return is a huge lift to a battered Brewers team. With Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart on the disabled list, Milwaukee was shuffling the lineup around without Braun.
Shortstop Jean Segura won't play Monday because of the left quad contusion he suffered Sunday on a hard takeout slide by Diamondbacks outfielder Gerardo Parra. Alex Gonzalez will play shortstop Wednesday, Yuniesky Betancourt shifts to third base and backup catcher Martin Maldonado had to play first base.
Changing his mind? Brewers manager Ron Roenicke responded quickly to shoot down a question of making a change at closer following John Axford's continued struggles Sunday.
Monday he told reporters at Wrigley Field that he plans to have a conversation with Axford on what the team's plans are at closer.
Another injury: Roenicke revealed to reporters Monday that left-hander Chris Narveson injured the middle finger in his pitching hand and is unavailable.
With such a taxed bullpen, the Brewers will likely have to make some sort of move in the near future. That could be bumping fifth starter Mike Fiers to the bullpen because the team doesn't need a fifth starter for some time because of three more off days in April.
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MILWAUKEE Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun's neck was feeling better Sunday, but he wasn't in the lineup against Arizona.
The five-time All-Star was scratched from Friday's lineup after suffering a neck strain during batting practice and hasn't played since.
"As soon as I'm able to get to a point to where I have any chance to contribute and play, I'...
Monday afternoon, the Brewers were leading the Cubs 7-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Brandon Kintzler took the mound, but after three straight batters reached base, he was replaced by Jim Henderson. Henderson allowed a little bit of damage, but he successfully slammed the door, picking up a save. Henderson pitched in part because John Axford threw 18 pitches on Sunday. Henderson...
Monday was a pretty mundane day for Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford as he literally was given the axe as the closer in the Milwaukee bullpen. Taking over until Axford gets back on track is Jim Henderson.
In 2 and 2/3 innings this season, Axford had allowed four home runs and a 20.25 ERA. Don’t over think yourselves though, as Axford does have 81 combined saves the past...
MILWAUKEE This was certainly not how the Milwaukee Brewers wanted to start their season -- especially having been gifted with six games at home.
Not only did Sunday's 8-7 extra-innings loss to Arizona drop Milwaukee to 1-5 on the young season -- its worst six-game start since 2003 -- but the Brewers lost three more starters to injuries in the process.
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Injuries have hit the Milwaukee Brewers so hard even their manager is battling an ailment.
Ron Roenicke was taken to a Chicago emergency room Tuesday morning when his back froze up at about 5:30 a.m. in his hotel room. According to the team, by late morning Roenicke was back at the hotel and doing fine. He is expected to manage Tuesday night against the Cubs.The news of Roenicke...
MILWAUKEE -- It was only a matter of time before the question got asked. Has Ron Roenicke had any thoughts of changing closers?
Due to a tired bullpen, John Axford came out for the 11th inning Sunday after working a scoreless 10th. Following a leadoff double by Diamondbacks shortstop Cliff Pennington, Wisconsin native and pinch hitter Eric Hinske belted a curveball to center for...
Ron Roenicke posed a question he's probably asked himself a variation of a lot between last season and the beginning of 2013.
"Our choices for the late innings, it's the same thing," Roenicke said. "When (Jim) Henderson is down, then where do you go to?"
The Brewers' manager turned to Michael Gonzalez and John Axford Tuesday night, and the results...
Shortstop Jean Segura has left the Milwaukee Brewers' game against the Arizona Diamondbacks with a bruised left quad.
Segura was injured when Gerardo Parra made a hard slide into his leg to break up a potential double play in the third inning. Segura was down for a bit, but stayed in Sunday's game after a brief jog in the outfield.
The injury-riddled Brewers then pulled...
If the Arizona Diamondbacks are to record their first-ever series sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers, they likely must find a way to finally get the best of Yovani Gallardo.
The visiting Diamondbacks look to accomplish both while trying for a fourth consecutive victory Sunday against the injury-depleted Brewers, who hope to avoid a fifth straight defeat.
These teams have previously...
Marco Estrada pitched seven effective innings and doubled home a run Monday, helping the Milwaukee Brewers stop a five-game slide with a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the season at Wrigley Field.
With a strong wind blowing out at the start of the game - a rare sight for an April date at the iconic neighborhood ballpark - Estrada allowed two runs and five...
I’ve been watching a couple Brewers games lately and I read a really good article by Baseball Prospectus this morning that has prompted me to rethink my position on Brewers’ skipper Ron Roenicke. Previously–specifically in my pre-2012 MLB manager rankings–I have been very supportive of Roenicke and I’ve thrown some pretty serious compliments his way. However, I’m not...
If the Diamondbacks are to record their first-ever series sweep of the Brewers, they likely must find a way to finally get the best of Yovani Gallardo.
The visiting D-backs look to accomplish both while trying for a fourth consecutive victory Sunday against the injury-depleted Brewers, who hope to avoid a fifth straight defeat.
These teams have previously played 33 series in the...
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Pinch hitter Eric Hinske belted a long two-run homer to straightaway center field in the 11th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep.
With Cliff Pennington aboard following a leadoff double, Hinske drove a 1-2 pitch from John Axford (0-1) onto the concourse beyond the wall in center. Hinske...