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05/17/10 7:25 PM ET

Edmonds day-to-day with oblique strain

CINCINNATI -- Brewers outfielder Jim Edmonds, who left Saturday's game with a left oblique strain, is listed as day-to-day and was available only to pinch-run in Monday night's series opener in Cincinnati.

"It'd be running, if anything," said Brewers manager Ken Macha. "Nothing rotating."

Edmonds suffered the injury on a check-swing in the second inning of Saturday's game.

The 39-year-old veteran is batting .280 with three home runs and eight RBIs in 27 games, including 22 starts.

Parra to replace Davis in Brewers' rotation

CINCINNATI -- Manny Parra, who won 11 games as a starter for the Brewers last season before being moved to the bullpen, will make his first start of the season on Tuesday.

Doug Davis being placed on the 15-day disabled list -- with non-life-threatening inflammation of the tissue around his heart -- put the Brewers' starting rotation in a state of flux.

Manager Ken Macha weighed his options before naming Parra as Tuesday's starter.

"We've done a lot of statistical analysis on where his pitches have been over the past 10 days," Macha said. "He's improved rather dramatically in four or five different categories. He won 11 games for us last year. Mentally, I think he's handled the bullpen well."

Parra, 0-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 15 relief appearances, made 27 starts for the Brewers last year, going 11-11 with a 6.36 ERA.

"I felt like I was coming in to Spring Training competing for a [starting] spot," Parra said. "I see myself as a starter, but I feel like I can do both. I have a routine as a starter, so it shouldn't be any different this time."

Davis, who's been diagnosed with pericarditis -- an inflammation of the lining around the heart -- is at home and under instructions to relax and "do nothing," as Macha put it.

Despite the difficult circumstances under which he's making his season debut as a starter, Parra is excited for the opportunity.

"The reason why I'm getting this start is tough," Parra said. "It's unfortunate, from a personal standpoint, to get the opportunity to start for this reason. I didn't really think about baseball when I first heard about it. I was just thinking about Doug."

Macha said Jeff Suppan and Chris Capuano were among other options considered. The Brewers also could have promoted Triple-A Nashville's Kameron Loe, who is 4-1 with a 2.44 ERA. But Loe was scheduled to pitch the first game of a doubleheader on Monday.

Despite having a handful of options at his disposal, Macha indicated that the decision to go with Parra was relatively easy.

"My feeling on Manny is that there's a lot of upside with him," said Macha.

Thursday's scheduled starter remains left-hander Chris Narveson, despite indications he might be given an extra day of rest. Narveson threw a career-high 130 pitches in just 5 2/3 innings on Saturday.

Narveson threw long toss on Monday at Great American Ball Park. Thursday is his normal turn in the rotation.

"If he's OK after today, we'll put him in there [Thursday]," said Macha.

Gomez gearing up to return to Brewers

CINCINNATI -- Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez will begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday with Class A Wisconsin.

Gomez, who was placed on the disabled list Tuesday -- retroactive to May 6 -- with a strained left rotator cuff, was batting .276 with two homers and six RBIs in 20 games before landing on the DL.

Gomez will rehab Wednesday and Thursday with the Timber Rattlers during their three-game series against the Peoria Chiefs.

"He took [batting practice] yesterday and was hitting balls into the seats," said Brewers manager Ken Macha. "With the left shoulder ... if he's launching them into the seats, it means he's getting good extension."

Gomez was expected to work out again at Miller Park on Monday, and is on track to rejoin the Brewers on Friday.

Gerut starts in center; Escobar in two-hole

CINCINNATI -- With Jim Edmonds nursing an oblique strain, Jody Gerut was the starter in center field for the Brewers on Monday for the second straight game.

In other lineup news, Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar was batting second for the second straight game.

Escobar made his season debut in the two-hole in Sunday's loss to the Phillies, going 1-for-3 with a walk. Prior to Sunday, the 23-year-old had batted seventh or eighth.

"He hit second in Spring Training a lot," said Brewers manager Ken Macha. "The reason we batted him eighth was to help him get indoctrinated to the big leagues."

Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.