Like the Cincinnati Reds in 2011, the Milwaukee Brewers are having some difficulty in the early stages of their NL Central title defense.
The injury-plagued Brewers will try to get headed in the right direction during their first matchup with the Reds this season, a three-game series that opens Monday night at Miller Park.
Milwaukee claimed its first division title since 1982 last season by winning a franchise-record 96 games, but victories haven't come as often so far during this campaign.
The Brewers (12-16) went 3-6 on their nine-game road trip that ended with back-to-back losses to San Francisco. Even worse, they put more players on the disabled list during their stay in northern California.
A strained left hamstring put outfielder Carlos Gomez on the DL before a 4-3 loss in 11 innings Sunday. Alex Gonzalez was placed there Saturday for a right knee injury, joining first baseman Mat Gamel (torn right ACL) and pitchers Chris Narveson (shoulder) and Brandon Kintzler (forearm)....