MILWAUKEE - The Brewers, at times, have resembled the walking wounded this season. It appears at least one of those players is close to a return.
Manager Ron Roenicke said in his pre-game availability on Thursday he was still unsure of what Carlos Gomez's availability for the day would be. The only thing he knew for sure was Gomez was not cleared to start the game. He went on to say Gomez would be further evaluated by the team's trainers. They would then let Roenicke of Gomez's status for the game whether he could pinch-hit, pinch-run, or play defense in the outfield.
Roenicke said he hoped Gomez would be available to play Friday in the series opener at Pittsburgh.
Roenicke also addressed Ryan Braun's return from injury. Braun hasn't appeared in a game since June 9. Roenicke said Braun took swings two days ago and was sore yesterday. He was unsure what Braun would be doing for rehab Thursday. When asked if Braun could just work through the soreness, Roenicke said, "We've tried to work through it before and it doesn't go well."
Roenicke said the progression for Braun will be to continue to take swings and once he can do that without soreness he'll graduate to full-fledged batting practice. After that, Braun would hopefully be able to return to game action.
When asked about Braun potentially going on a rehab assignment before returning to the active roster Roenicke said, "I don't know. I haven't even thought about that yet." He did admit by the time Braun does return he'll have been out for a long time.
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