7/2/2014 1:40 P.M. ET
Injured Davis aims to return after off-day
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
TORONTO -- The National League's top run-producer over the past six weeks was absent from the Brewers' starting lineup Wednesday, but Khris Davis expressed optimism about only missing one game.
The Brewers are off Thursday before opening a series in Cincinnati, and Davis hopes to be back in left field Friday night. He exited Tuesday's loss in Toronto during the seventh inning after sliding head-first into second base and tweaking a muscle near his left shoulder.
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"It was a tight, grabbing sensation. It's definitely more in my pec than my shoulder," Davis said before a Wednesday morning workout. "I think it was a little strain, but I don't think it popped or tore. So it's a mild strain."
Davis iced the area Tuesday night and was feeling "better than yesterday, that's for sure," when he reported back to Rogers Centre.
"As long as I'm not feeling worse," Davis said. "I woke up, got stretched out and massaged, and, whew, I feel comfortable."
Since May 19, when Davis snapped an 0-for-9 stretch with a two-run home run in Atlanta, he leads the Brewers with 10 home runs and leads the NL with 32 RBIs over a stretch that spanned 39 games played. Davis boosted his batting average from .215 to .260 over that span.
"There wasn't much [debate about holding Davis out a day]," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Last night, we talked about if he came in and there was no soreness that we'd get him back in there. But he was a little bit sore."
Slugging Reynolds undergoing power outage
TORONTO -- An unfavorable matchup moved first baseman Mark Reynolds to the Brewers' bench Wednesday at the same time he was sitting on a rare home run drought.
Tuesday's 0-for-3 game against the Blue Jays was Reynolds' 25th consecutive contest -- 21 starts and four games off the bench -- without a home run, matching the longest power outing of his career. He also had 25 straight homerless games in 2010, when he was in the midst of a 32-homer season for the D-backs.
Reynolds ranks second on the team this season with 13 home runs, and he has hit 198 since 2008, trailing only Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn and Prince Fielder. During his current 25-game drought, Reynolds has only three doubles.
"I'm not concerned about the homers, but squaring up balls more," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I like him out there all the time because of his defense. He's done an unbelievable job for us that way. Most of the time, I'd have him out there [on Wednesday]."
But Reynolds was not out there because he is 0-for-16 with eight strikeouts in his career against Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ. That was too significant a number of at-bats for Roenicke, who started regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy at first base instead. Martin Maldonado handled the catching.
"We wanted to keep Luc in the lineup, but also giving him a day off [catching]," Roenicke said. "He's comfortable over there, and I know physically it's a lot easier."
• It appears Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz will keep Brewers starting pitchers on-line through the All-Star break, with one possible exception.
"We had talked about it; we don't think we're going to do anything different," Roenicke said. "But we're trying to figure out how to give a couple guys an extended rest, so maybe you skip one start, and that's 10 days. The All-Star break, it works out to maybe nine days for some of them. So we're going to look at that and see if we can get some of them a little more rest."