05/27/12 1:12 AM ET
Aramis scratched, speaks out on plunkings
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
That wayward pitch came after Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he would not be drawn into a back-and-forth situation, even if the gap continues to widen."I do have that philosophy [of not retaliating] because I think in the long run, that never comes out good," Roenicke said. "If you think your team is better than the other, why would you sacrifice losing your better players vs. their better players? I don't think it's ever the way to do it." Roenicke did leave the door open slightly, saying that, "Pitching inside is definitely something we can do better as a staff. I think we have command enough that we can do that. It's interesting that we haven't hit that many guys. I think we pitch inside more this year than we did last year. Maybe we just have that good of command that we don't hit people. I don't know." Ramirez was in the Brewers' original lineup on Saturday, batting cleanup, but that changed before the team took the field to stretch. Cody Ransom shifted from shortstop to third base and Edwin Maysonet was inserted as the starter at shortstop. "I'm doing all right," Ramirez said. "I'm going to take today off and work on it. Hopefully, I'll be ready to go [Sunday]."
Roenicke stays positive about injury woes
PHOENIX -- How has Brewers manager Ron Roenicke managed to stay positive as his club's injury report grows longer each week? Easy, he said."I still like the guys we're putting out there. We still think we're a good team," Roenicke said. "I think that's probably the biggest reason I still think we can play well." But, he added, "The injuries, I haven't seen anything like this before. The long-term ones, and all the short-term now. I've been difficult to figure out, 'Who do we bring up? Who do we put out there?' But I still think the core, the main crew, are still good enough to get it done." The Brewers have put seven players on the big league disabled list this season, and five resided there as of Saturday. Three have undergone surgery and are presumed lost for the season -- pitcher Chris Narveson (shoulder), first baseman Mat Gamel (knee) and shortstop Alex Gonzalez (knee). The others are less serious. Right-hander Marco Estrada strained his right quadriceps on Wednesday, and shortstop Cesar Izturis strained his left hamstring on Friday. Third baseman and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez was also absent from the lineup on Saturday, nursing a bruised left elbow after he was hit by a pitch in Friday's win over the D-backs. Other teams face the same issues. The Padres and Red Sox each have a whopping 13 players on the disabled list, and the Nationals, Rays and Royals have 10 apiece. The Brewers' next opponent, the Dodgers, have eight players on the shelf.
Utility man Brooks Conrad is back to being Babe Ruth at Triple-A Nashville. The utility man homered for the fourth straight game on Saturday, his eighth home run in his past nine Triple-A games. That streak goes all the way back to April 30 because it was interrupted by a stint in the big leagues, where Conrad was 0-for-21 in a Brewers uniform.