6/27/2013 8:07 P.M. ET
Roenicke expects Gomez back for Friday's opener
By Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gomez took batting practice Thursday, but Brewers team trainers advised manager Ron Roenicke not to let him play in the series finale against the Cubs.
Gomez, who took dry swings Wednesday, has felt better every day since spraining his left shoulder Sunday against the Braves.
"Trainers really didn't want him to start today, so it wasn't really me trying to give him an extra day," Roenicke said. "So today, if everything goes well in the cage, they're going to let me know how much he's available, whether it's defense, pinch-running or pinch-hitting."
Will Gomez be in the starting lineup when Milwaukee starts a seven-game road trip Friday in Pittsburgh?
"I think that's what the plan is," said Roenicke. "And then we'll see how he does."
Gomez injured his shoulder making an acrobatic catch on an Andrelton Simmons' fly ball Sunday. He fell back awkwardly, pinning his left arm against the center-field wall, and said his shoulder popped out and back in.
Halton earns promotion, gets first big league hit
MILWAUKEE -- Sean Halton became the most recent Brewer to earn a promotion from Triple-A Nashville on Thursday and grounded a single through the left side of the infield in his first Major League at-bat as a pinch-hitter in the fifth.
"It was an unbelievable experience," Halton said after the Brewers' 7-2 loss to the Cubs. "Just one of those moments you dream about. I wish it could have come in a win."
Halton took the roster spot of Scooter Gennett, who was optioned to Nashville following Wednesday's 5-4 loss. Halton was the seventh player to make his Major League debut for the Brewers this season, and when Johnny Hellweg starts Friday in Pittsburgh, he will be the eighth.
The two join Khris Davis, Josh Prince, Hiram Burgos, Donovan Hand, Caleb Gindl and Gennett on that list.
Halton said he was given the ball he hit between a diving Luis Valbuena and Starlin Castro off Cubs starter Matt Garza. He also said he will keep the lineup card.
"Every kid grows up wanting to fulfill their dreams and mine was to be a baseball player," Halton said. "Today's that day for me."
Halton hit .288 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 66 games at Nashville this year. He was drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho).
He was enjoying Nashville's first off-day in 20 days on Wednesday when he got the call that he would join the Brewers.
He was OK with giving up a little bit of his day off to make it to Milwaukee.
"Happily, yeah. No problem," Halton said. "I would have taken the Greyhound to get up here. It was a dream come true and I'm really looking forward to it."
Manager Ron Roenicke said Halton can play first base and the corner-outfield positions. With Carlos Gomez out, the Brewers have left-handers Norichika Aoki, Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl manning the outfield, so Halton gives them a righty bat against left-handed pitchers.
"If a left-hander starts, I've got to have three left-handers out there until Carlos gets back. That's not real comfortable when you're having to do that," Roenicke said. "I like what I saw in Spring Training [from Halton]. He's been [Nashville's] best hitter as of late."
Halton spoke of the revolving door that is the Brewers' Nashville affiliate this season.
"It's like playing for a good junior varsity team, almost," Halton said. "All your good players get taken, so it's been tough to stay consistent and keep a good clubhouse down there."
Aramis waits to reflect on 2,000th career hit
MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez became the 15th active player to record 2,000 career hits Wednesday with a solo home run off Scott Feldman in the second inning.
He will wait to enjoy the personal feat, though, as the Brewers' 5-4 loss put a bit of a damper on it for Ramirez.
"I would say that I'm going to look at my number when I retire. When I retire, I'll look back and see what I've done in my career," Ramirez said. "So far, I'm still playing. I've got one more year on my contract and we'll see where I'm at."
Ramirez, who added his 2,001st hit with an RBI single in the sixth inning, has played for the National League Central's Pirates, Cubs and Brewers in his 16-year career, manning third base the past two seasons for Milwaukee.
He has played through a lingering left knee injury this season that forced him to miss 23 games in April and early May. The third baseman's power numbers have been down, but his Wednesday homer marked his second in his last six games.
He went deep on June 19 against the Astros for his first homer since May 17.
"Yeah, I feel better," Ramirez said. "Hopefully, it's just a matter of staying healthy. If I feel good and I feel healthy, I think I'm going to be OK."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has struggled putting together lineups with Ramirez one of several regulars in-and-out of the order with injuries. But Ramirez has been more of a mainstay in the Brewers' lineup of late, starting for the eighth time in 10 days Thursday.
"Aramis, I've got to get him out of the lineup every once in a while, and then I'm searching for a fourth hitter," Roenicke said. "These lineups, they get difficult. They're not as easy as you think they are to line them up right to think that you're going to score a bunch of runs because of it."
• Ryan Braun swung a bat Tuesday and felt soreness in his injured right hand Wednesday. Roenicke said Braun may try to take more swings Thursday, depending on how he feels.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.