After officially being named the Brewers new manager Monday morning during a press conference, Craig Counsell now has his first lineup card, which features Jason Rogers playing first base and batting second. Jean Segura is on the bench as expected after being struck in the head by a 95 mile per hour Pedro Strop fastball Sunday afternoon.
Rogers gets the start in place of Adam Lind as the Brewers take on left-hander and 2014 NL MVP Clayton Kershaw. Rogers has hit well since being called up, picking up seven hits in 17 plate appearances. His defense leaves something to be desired, but he's stronger on that front at first base than across the diamond at third.
Meanwhile, Segura is not in the lineup but did receive some good news on his health. Concussion testing -- including a CT scan -- came back looking like he did not suffer anything major, which hopefully means he'll stay off the disabled list and can return to the lineup soon. However, the team will certainly monitor him for now just in case. In his place, Hector Gomez will start at shortstop while Elian Herrera takes over second base duties.
Kyle Lohse has a tough test ahead of him as he goes toe-to-toe with Kershaw. In 17 innings against the Brewers last year, Kershaw struck out 17 and allowed just four runs. In addition to his MVP award, Kershaw is a three-time Cy Young award winner and is still just 27 years old.