8/24/2013 7:48 P.M. ET
Roenicke urges Gomez to be cautious with knee
By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- Before Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez took the field on Friday for the first time since he sprained his right knee on Aug. 15, manager Ron Roenicke talked to him about taking it easy while easing his way back into things.
Gomez was happy to oblige -- for the most part.
In the top of the sixth inning in Milwaukee's 6-4 win, Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips hit a drive to deep center field. Gomez, as he's accustomed to doing, tried to climb the wall and rob Phillips of a homer. Not only did the ball make it over the wall, it also marked the only point on Friday that Gomez's knee bothered him, as he came down on his right leg.
"Anything else, it's fine," Gomez said of the knee. "But it's that stupid [stuff] that I did."
In the lineup again on Saturday, Gomez said he was surprised at how little soreness he felt. He also said he felt good at the plate Friday, but added that defense is a slightly bigger challenge. Roenicke mentioned Friday night that a completely healthy Gomez likely would have prevented two runs from scoring on Zack Cozart's single in the fourth inning, and the 27-year-old center fielder agreed.
Entering Saturday, Gomez had stolen 30 bases to go with 18 home runs and 55 RBIs. He admitted that he needs to be smart about what he tries to do with the knee, and Roenicke said that includes being aggressive on the basepaths, but Gomez said that shouldn't be an issue going forward.
"If I'm playing, I should be stealing," Gomez said. "If I get on base, and I get an opportunity to steal a base, I'm going to do it."
As everyday player, Davis swinging hot bat
CINCINNATI -- There wasn't much consistency for Brewers left fielder Khris Davis in the first 15 appearances of his Major League career.
Bouncing between Milwaukee and Triple-A Nashville this season, Davis started just two of those games, with most of his opportunities coming as a pinch-hitter. He went 3-for-17 (.176) with two doubles, a walk and nine strikeouts.
Then, on July 22, Ryan Braun was suspended 65 games for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, and Davis was called up the next day. In the 23 games he's played since then, he's started 14. He entered Saturday batting .386 in that stretch, driving in 17 runs and hitting eight homers, including his first career multi-homer game in Friday's 6-4 win.
"I think, early on, when we were playing him not very often and he was just getting that one pinch-hit appearance, it's a different guy," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a different game. It's really hard to do. He was chasing stuff. But right now, he's really good."
Davis made his ninth straight start on Saturday, and extended his hit streak to 10 games with an RBI double in his first at-bat. He said the regular playing time has been crucial to his success.
"Now that I'm getting it, I'm just having fun with it, being loose out there and doing whatever I can do to help the team win," Davis said.
Segura still solid, but sees dropoff in extra-base hits
CINCINNATI -- Since the beginning of July, Brewers shortstop Jean Segura hasn't been quite as productive as he was to start the year. In large part, that's because he began the season batting .327 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs through the end of June.
That average, which still sat at .304 entering Saturday, has dipped, with Segura batting .263 in 45 games since July 1. Manager Ron Roenicke admitted fatigue might be playing a factor. Segura was in the starting lineup for the 122nd time for Saturday's game against the Reds, after playing a full Spring Training and participating in winter ball. Last season -- his first taste of the Majors -- Segura played in just 45 Majors games with 102 appearances in the minors.
The Brewers have been limited at shortstop this season, but Roenicke said that hasn't been the problem when it comes to getting Segura rest.
"I can give him days off," Roenicke said. "But he doesn't really want them. We certainly want him in the lineup every day, but if I think one day here and there will help, I'll try to do that for him."
Roenicke said he thought about giving Segura a break on Saturday, but after an off-day Thursday and another one coming up Monday, he figured he would save the individual off-days for later in the season.
"He's going to need them later on," Roenicke said. "I know we have a stretch of 20 games at the end of the season, but I'll try to give him some days here and there. He doesn't seem quite the same. I don't know if that's fatigue or if he was just so hot early. We'll try to watch him."
One of the most noticeable differences for Roenicke regarding Segura is the lack of extra-base hits. Through his first 79 games, Segura collected nine doubles, eight triples and 11 home runs. In his last 45 games entering Saturday, he had nine doubles, but just one triple and one home run.
"I'm still pleased with what he's doing," Roenicke said. "We love him on defense. The offensive part, we hope he gets back to where he was, but he's still doing a good job."
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.