MILWAUKEE -- Halfway through his stint on the 15-day disabled list for a strained left hamstring, Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez is ready to get back to work.
Gomez will join Class A Wisconsin on Monday for two days of workouts before beginning a rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday. He expects to play four games for the Timber Rattlers and, barring a setback, should be ready to rejoin the Brewers on the first day he's eligible to come off the DL -- May 20.
"I feel really good," Gomez said. "Throwing is fine, hitting is normal. The only thing to do is run."
He ran the bases at Miller Park on Sunday for the first time since feeling his hamstring grab on May 4 in San Francisco. Gomez said he went at about 70 percent of full speed.
"By 15 days, I'm going to be 100 percent," he said.
Brewers wear pink accessories on Sunday
MILWAUKEE -- There were no Bill Hall moments on this Mother's Day at Miller Park.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy used one of Major League Baseball's specially-produced pink bats in batting practice on Sunday morning but decided to go with his usual lumber in the game, an 8-2 loss to the Cubs that featured a pink-power home run by Chicago's Ian Stewart but not a single swing from a Brewers batter.
"It just didn't feel right," Lucroy said.
Hall provided the Brewers' best pink-bat moment in 2006, when he hit a game-winning home run against the Mets with his mom, Vergie, dancing in the stands. In the years since, at least a Brewers player or two has used a pink bat on Mother's Day, part of an MLB promotion to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research.
Not on Sunday, when all of the Brewers used their regular bats.
Lucroy & Co. accessorized for the occasion instead, wearing pink wristbands, pink ribbons and, in Nyjer Morgan's case, pink spikes. He might have swung a pink bat for his ninth-inning plate appearance had his first name not been misspelled on the model he was sent by Louisville Slugger.
Second baseman Rickie Weeks missed a second straight start on Sunday with a bruised left hand, and manager Ron Roenicke was not sure when Weeks would be able to play again.
"I know Dan [Wright, the team's head athletic trainer] told me he doesn't want to start doing anything until the swelling goes down quite a bit," Roenicke said. "It looked better today. It's still swollen, but it looked better. I don't know if it will be tomorrow, the next day; I don't know." Norichika Aoki's safety squeeze on Saturday produced the Brewers' fifth run-scoring bunt this season, most in the Majors. No other team has more than two. Aoki has two such bunts himself, a suicide squeeze on April 17 against the Dodgers plus Saturday's safety.