CHICAGO -- The Brewers fielded a starting lineup Wednesday without three of the team's top hitters. Right fielder Corey Hart was given a day to rest his surgically repaired right knee, and left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Jonathan Lucroy sat with very minor torso issues.
Manager Ron Roenicke described the problem for both players as "tightness in the chest area," grabbing the left side of his rib cage.
"They're fine; they can play," Roenicke said. "But we want to give guys a day off somewhere, and we thought today was a good day to do it."
It was a good day because the Cubs started right-hander Ryan Dempster, who has held Braun to a .239 average and Hart to a .195 average in 40-plus at-bats apiece.