PHOENIX -- Hot-hitting shortstop Alex Gonzalez and center fielder Carlos Gomez were scratched from Brewers split-squad starting lineups on Sunday, Gonzalez with a bruised right heel and Gomez with an illness.
Gonzalez was to bat fifth in the Brewers' split-squad game against the Dodgers at Maryvale Baseball Park. He was 2-for-2 with two runs scored on Saturday, and entered Sunday leading the Brewers with 23 total bases this spring. Cesar Izturis, originally slated to start the other split-squad game in Surprise against the Royals, started at shortstop against the Dodgers instead.
"We talked about maybe playing [Gonzalez], but decided to give him today," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Hopefully, tomorrow he'll be back in there."
Gomez was to play center field at Maryvale, but he started feeling sick Saturday night and was sent home Sunday. He was replaced by journeyman Corey Patterson, who has been playing in the Brewers' Minor League camp.