MILWAUKEE -- It was not by choice that Brewers manager Ron Roenicke posted a starting lineup Sunday minus five of the team's eight Opening Day position players. With second baseman Scooter Gennett, center fielder Carlos Gomez and catcher Jonathan Lucroy already on the disabled list, Roenicke reported that left fielder Ryan Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez both said they needed a day off.
"It's not something I want to do, rest them," Roenicke said. "I need these guys in here playing, trying to win. But when someone tells me they need a day off, they need a day off."