Manager Ron Roenicke had been mulling a center field start for Kotsay for some time. The Brewers' regular back-up to Carlos Gomez is Nyjer Morgan, but he's on the disabled list with a fractured finger. Roenicke is happier with the other back-up, switch-hitter Brandon Boggs, coming off the bench.
"[Kotsay] will do OK," Roenicke said. "This is an easier park to play center as far as coverage. Like I said before, he is a very good outfielder. He knows he doesn't have the foot speed that he used to have, but he's fine."