McGehee appears close to ending slump

McGehee appears close to ending slump

MILWAUKEE -- The box scores do not necessarily reflect it, but third baseman Casey McGehee entered Sunday's series finale against St. Louis showing some signs of shaking his slump.

McGehee snapped an 0-for-27 slide with a single on Wednesday, and added singles against the Cardinals on Friday and Saturday. Those hits gave him three singles in his last 39 at-bats (.077), but it was the loud outs in the first two games against St. Louis that gave manager Ron Roencike some hope, including a line drive to the right-field wall on Saturday night that was snagged by Jon Jay with an outstanding, diving catch.

Roenicke had originally planned to drop McGehee to the six-hole and let Corey Hart hit fifth for a series or two. But McGehee's improved at-bats scuttled that plan, and McGehee has remained in his usual spot except for one game.

"If he's swinging better, I like him fifth," Roenicke said. "He's shown that when he swings well, that's a really nice spot for him in the lineup. ... His swings are a lot better. The balls that he's hitting are a lot sharper."

McGehee is a key piece of the Brewers' offense because he bats behind Ryan Braun and cleanup man Prince Fielder. McGehee led the Brewers last season with 104 RBIs.