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Key decisions on Braun, Ramirez, Gomez, Weeks

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Key decisions on Braun, Ramirez, Gomez, Weeks

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED May 13, 2014

Even with a team owning a 5.5 game lead in the NL Central, Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has a lot on his mind about key moves involving four veterans.

Two big Brewers offensive powerhouses essentially could be traded out on the disabled list today: right field Ryan Braun (muscle strain) and third baseman Aramis Ramirez (hamstring).

"(Braun's) still on track," manager Ron Roenicke said on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"He came in yesterday, saw the trainers and checked out well.  I talked to Doug yesterday.  The plan is to have him active today.  We'll wait to come in and see how he's doing."

Roenicke hopes the Brewers can switch out Braun and Ramirez and not have to do anything more complicated which could cause a roster issue.

"That's probably what's going to happen.  We'll wait and see today when he comes back in.  Planning on it.  Hopefully that's all we need to do.  As far as with Aramis, it's just that 15 days.  The farther we go on with him, we'll know more...how long it's going to be."

There's also the impending appeal decision on Carlos Gomez's suspension for the fight against the Pittsburgh Pirates back in April.

"If not today, I would expect it tomorrow, to know at least when he's going to take that," said Roenicke. 

"I don't think they do anything over the weekend, so I'm sure they talked about it yesterday.  We're expecting to hear something more."

Then with the Pittsburgh Pirates coming to town tonight, there's the continuing discussion over what to do with suddenly-hot Rickie Weeks, who had not played much in 2014 with the emergence of Scooter Gennett at second base.

"We'll probably go with Scooter (Gennett at 2nd base) today.  We've got the two left-handers going against us the next two days, so (Weeks will) be back in there."

Weeks chose not to accept a move to left field, which drew much ire from fans saying that he was not being a team player.  Roenicke, however, was sympathetic with Weeks' decision.

"It's really difficult to move in a season.  People think you can go and try different things.  If a player's not comfortable with it, to do it in the middle of the year is really hard," said Roenicke.

"If you're not comfortable, that also leads to confidence in those positions.  You could end up possibly costing your team a loss because you're not really sure what's going on out there."

Jay Sorgi

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.