Roenicke plans to unleash Brewers' speed

Roenicke plans to unleash Brewers' speed

MILWAUKEE -- Runnin' Ron Roenicke has his speediest Brewers roster yet, and the third-year manager sounded Monday morning like a man who intends to put those fleet feet in motion.

New to this year's Opening Day lineup were shortstop Jean Segura and right fielder Norichika Aoki, each of whom can run. And after entering last season in a platoon with Nyjer Morgan, center fielder Carlos Gomez, the Brewers' fastest player by far, is anticipating an everyday role.

"We should be able to do the same thing on the bases as we did last year," said Roenicke, whose club led the Majors with 158 stolen bases. "If they're getting on base, we're going to have fun. But that's the challenge: to get them on base.

"Whenever you have speed like 'Seggy' and 'Gomey,' you want them on base. Segura has had a great spring, and hopefully he's going to be on base. And Gomey, he's improving all the time, and I'm hopeful that he can have that on-base percentage climbing every year as he learns."

Gomez was treated for a stiff back in the waning days of Spring Training, but he is unaffected by that ailment now, Roenicke said.

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