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08/10/10 1:19 AM ET

Crew glad for Edmonds, sad to see him go

Players express bittersweet emotions about trade

MILWAUKEE -- Jim Edmonds' now-former Brewers teammates expressed bittersweet emotions about the veteran's trade to Cincinnati on Monday.

"We're happy for him," fellow outfielder Corey Hart said. "He signed on thinking we were going to be in the playoffs, just like the rest of us. We can always put on a good run, but he's happy he's going to a team that's in first place."

The Brewers dealt Edmonds into the thick of the National League Central race, and he was in the starting lineup Monday night for the first-place Reds against the second-place Cardinals. The Brewers started the night in third place, 11 games back of Cincinnati.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin consulted with Edmonds, 40, before pulling the trigger on the deal. Word spread around the clubhouse over the weekend that a move was imminent, so players like Hart were not surprised Monday when the trade was official.

"We all kind of knew about it," Hart said. "Obviously, he's an older player and this might be it, and he's going to a first-place team with a legitimate shot to go to the playoffs this year. We're trying to find things as a group, and he might have realized that playing time might not be there anymore because they need to see what [recently promoted rookie Lorenzo] Cain can do and we're about to get [Carlos Gomez] back. We might find a run, but for him [it's a chance] to maybe go out on top.

"I think he was frustrated, just like all of us, because we were obviously hoping to be a playoff team and we thought we had a good chance," Hart said. "That's why he came here -- he thought we were going to be a winning ballclub. Now he has a chance to go play late into October, so you're happy for the guy."

Manager Ken Macha was disappointed to see Edmonds go.

"He was helping us out," Macha said. "This guy has a tremendous feel for the game, he studies the pitchers, knows the situation. That's a veteran guy that I hope our younger guys were listening to. He had a wealth of knowledge, and he took that knowledge out and applied it and did very well.

"I said to him a number of times that I hope he doesn't retire after this year. He still has got some gas in the tank. Best of luck to him, but not when he's playing against us."

Said third baseman Casey McGehee: "Who knows what his plans are beyond this year? If this is his last run at it -- I don't know if it is or not -- then it's a good situation for him. It's a little weird that it's in the division, but I hope it's something that in the end both sides look at it and say it worked for them."

Brewers All-Stars Braun, Hart banged up

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' All-Star outfielders were both out of the lineup for Monday night's 7-4 loss to the D-backs due to injuries suffered in Sunday's sweep-clinching win over the Astros. Left fielder Ryan Braun underwent X-rays on his left wrist and right fielder Corey Hart was on the bench with a stiff lower back.

Braun was hurt legging out an infield single in the fourth inning. The throw from shortstop Angel Sanchez pulled first baseman Brett Wallace into the baseline, where Braun clipped him. Braun played all nine innings, but went 0-for-2 after the collision.

When Braun was deemed unavailable to start Monday's game, the Brewers sent him to see off-site orthopedic specialists. Braun returned before game time but was not available to reporters, and a club spokesperson announced in the fifth inning that Braun was day-to-day with a left wrist strain and contusion.

Hart was also keeping the team's athletic trainers busy. His lower back felt stiff on Sunday morning, but he did some extra stretching and played the first five innings against the Astros before exiting with the Brewers holding an 11-4 lead.

"I probably shouldn't have played," Hart said. "But I tried to, anyway, and it's not there today. It's better than yesterday, so hopefully I'll be able to play [Tuesday]."

Hart was in the outfield at Miller Park early Monday afternoon for some running drills.

"He ramped-up the intensity and said he could feel it a little bit, so I'm not going to take any chances," manager Ken Macha said.

The injuries, coupled with newly acquired outfielder Chris Dickerson's travel troubles on Monday, left Macha with only one healthy player on the bench for the club's series opener against the D-backs: backup catcher George Kottaras.

Hart was healthy enough to pinch-hit in the ninth inning, grounding out to third base.

Injuries, travel troubles leave Brewers short

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers might have put outfielder Chris Dickerson right to work on Monday, hours after he was traded from Cincinnati to Milwaukee for veteran Jim Edmonds. But Dickerson missed one flight out of Cincinnati and then another, leaving Brewers manager Ken Macha in a real bind at Miller Park.

"He might have been in the lineup had he made his flight," Macha said.

Dickerson's travel trouble, coupled with injuries to starting outfielders Ryan Braun (left wrist) and Corey Hart (back) forced Macha to start rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar in right field and left only one healthy player on the bench in backup catcher George Kottaras. Pitcher Randy Wolf was told to be ready to play the outfield in an emergency.

Hart proved to be healthy enough to pinch-hit, as he led off the ninth inning of Monday's 7-4 loss with a groundout to third base.

The Brewers have been playing one position player short for most of this season because they are carrying 13 pitches.

"Yeah, we're a little shorthanded," Macha said. "That happens in the Minor Leagues. They take your players and you have nobody, so you make it through the game. We've been shorthanded quite a bit and it's funny, we've ended up winning quite a few of those games."

Once Dickerson gets settled in and Braun and Hart return to action, Dickerson could split time in center field with rookie Lorenzo Cain. Dickerson is a left-handed batter and Cain hits right-handed. The outfield could get more crowded by the end of this week or next, depending on the Brewers' plans for a couple of injured players. Jody Gerut's (heel) rehabilitation assignment expires Saturday, and Carlos Gomez (concussion) is eligible to return from the 15-day disabled list beginning Aug. 18.

"We'll see how it goes," Macha said. "We'll evaluate [Dickerson] as he plays."

Worth noting

Manager Ken Macha said Alcides Escobar was the "no-brainer" pick to make his first career start in right field on Monday because "Escobar has a cannon for an arm and [Joe] Inglett doesn't." Inglett started in left field. ... Dickerson will wear uniform No. 11 for the Brewers. ... The Brewers officially announced two more signings from the First-Year Player Draft: seventh-round selection Joel Pierce, a right-handed pitcher, and 10th-rounder Rafael Neda, a catcher. The Brewers have locked up their second- through 12th-round picks, leaving only first-rounder Dylan Covey, a right-handed pitcher, unsigned. ... Former first-round pick Mark Rogers was placed on the disabled list at Double-A Huntsville with a blister. Rogers, a right-hander, allowed six runs on two hits and four walks in just two innings on Sunday.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.