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MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH
As if it's not bad enough that sluggers Ryan Braun (thumb injury) and Corey Hart (off-season knee surgery) are out of the lineup, cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez continues to be compromised by an ailing knee.
Ramirez was given another day of rest Sunday, a common procedure since he returned from a left knee sprain in May. But the veteran slugger continues to have trouble driving the ball while playing on one good leg.
Since May 17, Ramirez has hit just one home run for a total of four for the season. He collected three singles Saturday with an RBI in a 2-0 win over Atlanta.
Roenicke noted that Ramirez has had trouble driving the ball with a balky knee on his landing leg.
"It's still there," Roenicke said of the weak knee. "He's getting a little frustrated with it. Yesterday, I thought it was good he got a couple of hits. He's squaring up some more balls lately but the hitting part is getting frustrated for him. Hopefully, with today and a day off tomorrow, we can gain some ground and figure out how to get through these 20 straight games (prior to the all-star break).
"With some guys, it hurts their power with the back leg because you can't sit on it and drive. But most guys really don't hit that way. Most guys are hitting off that front leg and turning their hips. So, that's definitely an issue.
"He's also there (at cleanup) because he's a presence. When you're facing him with people on base, I don't care what numbers he's showing, you still don't want to do it because he knows how to drive in runs. That's the frustrating part for him lately that he's not driving them in at a pace he's used to."
With Braun and Hart out and Ramirez hobbled, the Brewers have been operating without their primary power base.
"It makes it tough," said Roenicke. "I know there are some guys having good years for us when you lose your Nos. 3, 4, 5 hitters, it's pretty tough to be consistent.
"In this ballpark, we're seeing it more the other way that (opponents) are hitting more homers than we are. That's not a good thing."
And, sure enough, the Brewers were outhomered, 3-1, in a 7-4 loss to Atlanta on Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Tuesday -- Cubs (Edwin Jackson, 3-9, 5.49) at Brewers (Kyle Lohse, 2-6, 3.68)
--RHP Kyle Lohse starts Tuesday when the Brewers open a three-game series with the Cubs at Miller Park. In his last four starts, Lohse is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA. Milwaukee has struggled to put runs on the board when Lohse pitches, averaging just 3.14 runs per game, giving Lohse the 11th lowest run support in the National League. Lohse is 4-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 16 career starts against the Cubs.
--CF Carlos Gomez left the game Sunday with a sprained left shoulder. Gomez suffered the injury while crashing into the wall trying to pull in Andrelton Simmons' long drive. He will be further evaluated Monday, when the Brewers have the day off, but is not expected to undergo an MRI or be moved to the disabled list after X-rays showed no structural damage.
--RHP Hiram Burgos was scheduled to make a minor league rehabilitation start Sunday but threw just 22 pitches, allowing a hit, a walk and a wild pitch before rain delayed Triple-A Nashville's game at New Orleans.
--RHP Marco Estrada threw 2 2/3 innings Sunday in a rehabilitation start with Class A Wisconsin. Estrada allowed six runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out five. He has been out since June 5 with a strained left hamstring.
--2B Rickie Weeks had a hit and a walk Sunday and is now hitting .349 (22-for-63) with three home runs, five RBIs and nine runs scored over his last 21 games. Weeks raised his batting average from .167 to .221 during that stretch.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's not staying down with his pitches. When he's not throwing a lot of off-speed pitches or enough to get them off the fastball, they know they only have one pitch to look for and if he makes a mistake, they're going to hit it well." -- Manager Ron Roenicke on RHP Alfredo Figaro after a loss Sunday.
MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - ROSTER REPORT
--LF Ryan Braun (sprained right thumb, nerve issue in hand) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10.
--RHP Marco Estrada (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4. He pitched a bullpen session June 17 and began a rehab assignment with Class A Wisconsin on June 23.
--RHP Hiram Burgos (right shoulder impingement) went on the 15-day disabled list May 24. He began a minor league rehab assignment June 14 with Class A Wisconsin, and he had his minor league rehab assignment transferred to Class A Brevard County on June 18.
--RHP Mark Rogers (right shoulder instability) went on the 15-day disabled list March 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 26.
--INF Taylor Green (labral tear and bone spurs in left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 15. He had season-ending surgery April 23.
--1B Mat Gamel (right knee surgery in March 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. He is out for the season.
--1B Corey Hart (right knee surgery in January 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9.
RHP Yovani Gallardo
RHP Wily Peralta
RHP Kyle Lohse
RHP Alfredo Figaro
RHP Francisco Rodriguez (closer)
RHP John Axford
LHP Michael Gonzalez
RHP Burke Badenhop
RHP Brandon Kintzler
LHP Tom Gorzelanny
RHP Donavan Hand
RHP Jim Henderson
1B Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Rickie Weeks/Scooter Gennett
SS Jean Segura
3B Aramis Ramirez
INF Juan Francisco
INF Jeff Bianchi
LF Logan Schafer
CF Carlos Gomez
RF Norichika Aoki
OF Caleb Gindl