5/19/2014 7:43 P.M. ET
Gomez back in Brewers lineup
By Joe Morgan / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Carlos Gomez was back in the Brewers lineup on Monday night after lower back tightness and a stomach bug sidelined him for five games last week. He tested both ailments with a pregame running session in the outfield at Turner Field.
"It's still weak, but it's good enough to play today," Gomez said. "Sometimes, you don't have to be 100 percent to play, so I've decided to play today. It's still weak and still painful, but at least I ate today."
Gomez believes food poisoning is the issue. He ate a burrito and eggs on Saturday morning in Chicago and began experiencing issues late Saturday night. He did not eat again until Monday and experienced no issues following his pregame workouts.
"He should be fine," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Milwaukee has slumped in Gomez's absence, compiling a 2-3 record and averaging only 2.2 runs per game. The club is 25-14 with Gomez, who leads the Brewers with nine home runs, 21 RBIs and 27 runs scored entering Monday.
Even not at full strength, Milwaukee's struggling offense will be glad to have Gomez back against Atlanta. The Braves lead the Majors with a 2.82 staff ERA.
"You don't necessarily have to hit 4-for-4 to help your team to win," Gomez said. "Play good defense and play smart, and I think my name in the lineup makes a big difference and makes you think."
Ramirez feels good after testing hamstring
ATLANTA -- Aramis Ramirez felt good after testing his strained left hamstring with some light jogging in the outfield on Monday afternoon at Turner Field. He dealt with some pain, but plans to run again on Tuesday.
"It's coming along," Ramirez said. "It's not there yet, but it's only been a week."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was also encouraged by Ramirez's jogging, but he reiterated his cautious approach to Ramirez's injury, saying it was too soon to determine when Ramirez would be ready to begin a rehab assignment.
"That was the jogging for the first time, and we'll see where he's at," Roenicke said. "He felt good. He still feels it a little bit, but I thought that was a good step."
Ramirez, who shares the team lead with 21 RBIs this season, could have tested his hamstring at Wrigley Field, but the veteran opted to wait for the warmer temperatures at Turner Field instead.
"Especially coming from Chicago, it was really cold there," Ramirez said. "It's nice and warm here, and I'm looking forward to going again tomorrow."
Henderson to begin rehab assignment soon
ATLANTA -- Jim Henderson will throw what will likely be his last bullpen session on Tuesday before beginning a rehab assignment. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, however, did not say where Henderson would potentially begin his path back to the Majors.
Henderson, who is sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, played catch on Monday as part of his regular throwing program. He has not felt any pain since throwing a bullpen session on Saturday. Henderson felt a little weak, but said that was expected.
"It's one of those day-by-day things now," Henderson said. "You're anxious, but you've got to be patient with it, too."
Henderson, who has missed 15 games since he went on the disabled list on May 2, is comfortable with how his recovery process is progressing. He believes the warmth and humidity in Atlanta will only help his condition.
"One of the problems was I wasn't able to get loose," Henderson said. "That hasn't been a problem so far. It was cold in Chicago, but I got loose playing catch fine there, too, so that's been encouraging. Everything's going well."
Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.