9/22/2013 7:45 P.M. ET
Roenicke less optimistic about starting Nelson
By Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- It is looking less and less likely that Brewers pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson will get a start before the season's end.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke sounded less optimistic Sunday after maintaining the last two weeks that Nelson might get a start in the team's final series of the year against the Mets in New York this weekend.
"We may have a hard time working that in," Roenicke said. "We'll know a lot more in the next couple of days. What we kind of thought may happen probably won't, so we'll go on a new plan of action.
"I should know in a couple days. Maybe by tomorrow I'll get a better idea."
Nelson, the Brewers' top prospect according to MLB.com, will remain in the bullpen, where the right-hander has pitched five scoreless innings since his September call-up from Triple-A Nashville.
Roenicke said he is not concerned with the amount of time since Nelson's last start, which was on Aug. 31 with Nashville.
"Not so much that because we got him two innings [on Wednesday against the Cubs]," Roenicke said. "We want to get him some innings, so whether it's out of the bullpen or whether it's starting a game, I would like to see him out there. If we can get him three, four more innings, I think that'd be great."
Segura could pinch-hit in upcoming Braves series
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday that All-Star shortstop Jean Segura may be available to pinch-hit in the team's upcoming series in Atlanta, which starts Monday.
It has been unclear when, or if, Segura would return from a strained right hamstring he sustained on Wednesday, but Roenicke seemed optimistic he could use him this week.
"There's a chance he'll be available in the next series," Roenicke said. "That doesn't mean necessarily he'll be starting, but he'll be available. There's a lot of situations lately that I'm thinking, I look down to the end of the bench and I see Siggie sitting there and I'm like, 'It'd be great to have him just go pinch-hit.' You don't have to run hard, just swing the bat."
Hitting is not the issue for Segura, it is the running that follows that has kept Roenicke from writing his name in the lineup.
"You can wrap him up so tight that when you're up there, you know there's something there," Roenicke said. "Because if you don't and you just run instincts, he'd probably run down there hard."
Until Segura returns, the shortstop job belongs to Jeff Bianchi. Bianchi entered Sunday hitting .200 (3-for-15) with two doubles since taking over for Segura.
Roenicke said Bianchi is solid at short, but he is no Segura.
"I like him there. He's got good instincts," Roenicke said. "When you're really used to Siggie and the range and the arm strength and all, it's different when you have somebody else out there."
Roenicke saves Davis for Braves' lefties
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke held Khris Davis out of Sunday's finale against the Cardinals to rest his sore left wrist prior to two matchups against left-handed starters in Atlanta.
Davis has been in and out of the Brewers' starting lineup the past two weeks while dealing with the nagging injury, but Roenicke wanted to start him against Braves lefties Mike Minor and Paul Maholm in the opener and the finale in Atlanta.
"I don't want to put him out there every day if it's going to get any worse than it is," Roenicke said.
Davis has still produced despite the injury, delivering three hits, including a home run and four RBIs in three starts this past week.
Roenicke said second baseman Scooter Gennett will also get chances against the Braves' left-handers this week. Gennett entered Sunday hitting .067 (2-for-30) against lefties this season.
"History he's .240 or something against them," Roenicke said. "If he can do that, we're fine. But he's got to have the opportunities. If you have him in there just against right-handers and they bring in a lefty, it's always that specialist who's really tough on lefties. And that's usually his only at-bats against them."
Kevin Massoth is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.