MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun returned to the lineup for the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday but in a very unfamiliar spot in the batting order.
For the first time since Sept. 14, 2008, Braun found himself in the No. 5 spot of the lineup and will continue to hit there for the foreseeable future.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is hoping to find a consistent top four in his lineup and he knows Carlos Gomez, one of Scooter Gennett and Rickie Weeks, Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez will be in there almost every day. He also wants to avoid having to replace the No. 2 or No. 3 hitter in the lineup if Braun's back flares up during the middle of a game.
"Part of that is just making sure he's out there every day," Roenicke said. "When he's in the second spot or if I move him back to the third spot and he's not out there every day, I'm always having to change the lineup. I'd like to do something a little more consistent.
"When Brauny gets back to where I feel like he's going to play every day and I f...