After the Brewers' loss to the Cubs on Sunday, manager Ron Roenicke told reporters that outfielder Ryan Braun will likely miss another three-to-five games due to his intercostal injury. Shortstop Jean Segura, meanwhile, will probably be out of the lineup again tomorrow after getting whapped in the face with a bat by Braun.
It's not the best timing for those two players to go down with injury for a spell. The Brewers' next series is against the St. Louis Cardinals who, of course, were the favorites to win the division coming into the season and are the bane of Milwaukee's existence.
That means that the Brewers will have to continue starting Jeff Bianchi and Elian Herrera in the lineup. That combo is not the most offensively adept the team could have. With those two in the lineup Sunday, the Brewers were shutout.
Thankfully, it doesn't sound like a stint on the disabled list is likely for Braun, who suffered the injury late in Saturday's game. Still, it will be something to watch moving forward and hopefully will not be a recurring issue.
Logan Schafer is still on the DL until at least May 3, so he won't be able to help out with Braun out at all. It could be worse for the Brewers, though: If Carlos Gomez loses his appeal and is officially suspended in the next couple days, the team will have basically no outfielders left. If that were to happen, and Segura and Braun were still out of the lineup, the Brewers would either be forced to call up someone like Caleb Gindl, or play the following lineup:
C: Jonathan Lucroy
1B: Lyle Overbay
2B: Scooter Gennett
SS: Jeff Bianchi
3B: Aramis Ramirez
LF: Khris Davis
CF: Elian Herrera
RF: Mark Reynolds
That would not be fun. Get well soon, team.
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