Gwynn figured to see the lion's share of the playing time in the first 25 games of the season, with free agent signing Mike Cameron missing for the season's first 25 games while serving a drug suspension. Gwynn experienced tightness in his hamstring during the season's first series however, and the 25-year-old ultimately found himself on the disabled list.
Gwynn was batting second in a new-look Brewers lineup Sunday, his first start since the injury and his last before Cameron's scheduled return Tuesday.
With Florida right-hander Ricky Nolasco on the hill, manager Ned Yost also elected to start Craig Counsell at third base in lieu of Bill Hall. The manager relayed a humorous method for determining whom Counsell would replace.
"I didn't know who to give a rest to," Yost said with a laugh. "I had to get [second baseman Rickie Weeks and Hall] in here and pull it out of a hat. I made Billy pick it out; he benched himself."
Hall knocked in his seventh home run of the season in the seventh after coming in on a double-switch in the top of the frame.
Hall went 2-for-2 with two walks Saturday and enjoyed a 3-for-4 day two days earlier. Weeks saw his average dip to .187 after Saturday's game, though many of his outs have been of the well-struck variety.
"I'm trying to keep a rotation between Rickie, J.J. [Hardy] and Billy to get Counsell in there twice a week," Yost said. "J.J. sat out last time [on Tuesday], so he was out of the equation. Nobody needed the rest. They're both doing fine."
Mike Rivera also made his third start behind the plate, spelling Jason Kendall. All three of Rivera's starts have come with rookie Manny Parra on the hill.
The trio combined for just one hit in 11 at-bats during the contest, though they did draw three walks.
JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less