PHOENIX -- How has Brewers manager Ron Roenicke managed to stay positive as his club's injury report grows longer each week? Easy, he said.
"I still like the guys we're putting out there. We still think we're a good team," Roenicke said. "I think that's probably the biggest reason I still think we can play well."
But, he added, "The injuries, I haven't seen anything like this before. The long-term ones, and all the short-term now. I've been difficult to figure out, 'Who do we bring up? Who do we put out there?' But I still think the core, the main crew, are still good enough to get it done."
The Brewers have put seven players on the big league disabled list this season, and five resided there as of Saturday. Three have undergone surgery and are presumed lost for the season -- pitcher Chris Narveson (shoulder), first baseman Mat Gamel (knee) and shortstop Alex Gonzalez (knee). The others are less serious. Right-hander Marco Estrada strained his right quadriceps on Wednesday, and shortstop Cesar Izturis strained his left hamstring on Friday.
Third baseman and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez was also absent from the lineup on Saturday, nursing a bruised left elbow after he was hit by a pitch in Friday's win over the D-backs.
Other teams face the same issues. The Padres and Red Sox each have a whopping 13 players on the disabled list, and the Nationals, Rays and Royals have 10 apiece. The Brewers' next opponent, the Dodgers, have eight players on the shelf.