9/3/2014 1:38 A.M. ET
Braun continues to work way through thumb injury
By Daniel Kramer / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Ryan Braun's nerve issues with his right thumb have been well chronicled, particularly during the second half of the season.
The slugging outfielder has seen his batting average dip from .298 to .274 since the All-Star break, and he's been hitting .160 (4-for-25) during the team's season-high seven-game losing streak.
"It is ongoing," manager Ron Roenicke said of Braun's thumb issues Tuesday. "There's times when he feels really good. You can tell it in batting practice, then he usually takes it into ballgames. But there's times where it's just sore and the swings aren't what he's used to. Now he tries to adjust. ... Now all of a sudden he gets out of whack."
Roenicke didn't rule out moving Braun from his customary spot in the three-hole, but that the lack of power in the Brewers' lineup currently has given no incentive to do so.
"We'll see," Roenicke said. "The problem is right now is that we don't have anybody who's really just crushing the ball. ... We need to have some guys swinging it well, so that when you make a move, you feel good about making a move."
Gallardo ties Brewers all-time strikeout record
CHICAGO -- Yovani Gallardo etched his way into Brewers history with his 1,206th strikeout in Tuesday's game against the Cubs, tying a franchise record held by Ben Sheets.
Gallardo tied the benchmark in the third inning with his fourth and final fan of the game against Arismendy Alcantara.
The eight-year veteran reached the mark through 210 games, 11 quicker than Sheets. Gallardo will go for sole possession of the record in his next start, likely Monday against the Marlins.
• Jimmy Nelson will start Sunday's four-game series finale against the first-place Cardinals, marking another round the Brewers have made with a six-man rotation. Roenicke, however, said that the team won't stick with six long-term, and only did so to ease Matt Garza, Wednesday's starter, back from a one-month stead with a rib injury.
"We're not going to keep doing this, no," Roenicke said. "We just thought with Garza going tomorrow, probably not going to have the length. Then we'll see where he is and then we'll adjust after that."
Roenicke also said the team is done calling up pitchers this season "unless something happens."
• Elian Herrera started Tuesday's game at shortstop and batted eighth. Herrera hit .333 (12-for-36) in August with three extra-base hits and two RBIs in 14 games, including nine starts.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.