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Three Brew Crew regulars skip Big Unit

Regulars skip Big Unit

PHOENIX -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks had stomach virus symptoms. Center fielder Mike Cameron had the "Randy Johnson virus." First baseman Prince Fielder just needed a day off.

Those factors prompted Brewers manager Ned Yost to post a lineup on Tuesday night that looked like it belonged on the board on a Sunday. Weeks, Cameron and Fielder all sat out against the veteran left-hander Johnson, replaced at their respective positions by Joe Dillon, Gabe Kapler and Mike Rivera.

Weeks went 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored on Monday night but was so ill on Tuesday that he was sent to an area doctor's office for intravenous fluids. Assistant general manager Gord Ash was not sure whether the Brewers' second baseman and leadoff hitter would be back in action by Wednesday.

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"We'll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow," Ash said.

Catcher Jason Kendall missed a start in Houston last month with similar symptoms and played the next game. Weeks was the only player suffering on Tuesday.

Cameron by all accounts was healthy, but his career numbers against Johnson were not. He was 2-for-29 (.069) against Johnson with a whopping 18 strikeouts.

Cameron was not alone. Kapler entered the game 1-for-11 (.091) against Johnson and Bill Hall was 0-for-11 with six strikeouts. Corey Hart, Tuesday's cleanup hitter, was 0-for-3 in his only start against Johnson.

Fielder hit an RBI single on Monday but went 2-for-27 in the first seven games of the team's current road trip. Fielder had started 77 of the Brewers' first 82 games and played in all but one game this season before Tuesday.

"My focus on Prince was [giving him] a day off a month," Yost said. "He's had one day off [all season] so today is a good day to give him a break, and then he'll just go out for the next six weeks and we'll see if I can't find him a spot for another off-day after that."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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