The statuses of the two injured sluggers are unknown for Saturday night's game against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks .
After producing a combined 12 runs and 26 hits over the first three games, Milwaukee (1-3) got six singles and Jean Segura 's first major league home run in a 3-1 loss to Arizona on Friday. Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel scored the go-ahead runs for the Diamondbacks (3-1) on Michael Gonzalez 's wild pitch in the seventh inning.
"Goldie took off. Nobody was really going for the ball," Kubel said. "So, I just kept going. Nobody was going for it. It was weird. Good thing for us it worked out."
Braun was scratched less than an hour before that game because of spasms on the right side of his neck, and Ramirez sprained his left knee in the fourth inning. Ramirez, who has a hit in each of the first four games, missed two weeks of spring training with a similar ailment and said this injury felt worse.
"We'll know more (Saturday)," Ramirez said. "I'll get an MRI (Saturday). We'll go from there. I don't want to assume anything."
Braun had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored in each of his first three games.
"I've had a sore neck from sleeping, but not like this, not to the point where I can't move my neck," he told the team's official website.
"I think your depth is always challenged as a team, and we're going through one of those phases where, hopefully, other guys have a chance to step up, and need to step up."
While Braun and Ramirez try to get back in the lineup, Mike Fiers will look to get off to another strong start. After being called up from the minors May 29, the right-hander was 6-4 with a 1.82 ERA in his first 12 major league starts before going 3-6 with a 6.99 ERA over his final 10 outings.
Fiers learned he earned the last spot in the Brewers' rotation over Chris Narveson last Saturday.
"I just wanted to have a spot on the team, no matter where I was," Fiers said. "Wherever they thought I could help the team out the best was fine, and I think I can help out the team the best in the rotation. I'm glad they gave me another chance."
Fiers will oppose Patrick Corbin , who was 6-8 with a 4.54 ERA over three stints with Arizona in 2012. The left-hander beat out top prospect Tyler Skaggs and Randall Delgado for the final spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation.
Corbin will make his first start against the Brewers. During one of five relief appearances in 2012, he gave up the winning run in a 2-1 defeat at Miller Park on July 1.
Fiers allowed two hits and three walks while striking out 10 in a 10-2 victory over Arizona a day earlier.
|March 31, 2013||Didi Gregorius||15-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||15-Day DL||Strained right intercostal|
|March 27, 2013||Willie Bloomquist||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|March 22, 2013||Cody Ross||15-Day DL||Left calf strain|
|March 22, 2013||Adam Eaton||15-Day DL||Left elbow strain|
|February 18, 2013||Daniel Hudson||60-Day DL||Recovery from right elbow surgery|
|April 05, 2013||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Neck spasms|
|March 25, 2013||Mark Rogers||15-Day DL||Right shoulder instability|
|March 22, 2013||Taylor Green||15-Day DL||Left hip labral injury|
|March 22, 2013||Corey Hart||15-Day DL||Recovery from right knee surgery|
|March 22, 2013||Jeff Bianchi||15-Day DL||Left hip bursitis|
|March 20, 2013||Mat Gamel||60-Day DL||Torn right ACL - out for season|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Rusty after eight days off, Patrick Corbin took two innings to find his groove. Once he did, the Arizona Diamondbacks ' left-hander shut down the injury-depleted Milwaukee Brewers .
Jason Kubel , Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each homered and Corbin pitched six solid innings in Arizona's 9-2 victory on Saturday night.
Corbin (1-0) gave up a run in each of the first two innings, but settled in to win his season debut, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk with two strikeouts in six innings.
"I was a little off, having eight days off coming in and I was a little excited," Corbin said. "Left some balls up early."
The Brewers led, 2-1, with runners on second and third in the second inning, but Corbin got Rickie Weeks to ground out to end the threat. With the game still close, Arizona scored three runs in the third off Milwaukee's Michael Fiers (0-1) to go ahead for good.
"Corbin keeping them to one run in the second was a great job by him, and obviously our pitchers shut them out the last seven innings," Goldschmidt said.
Kubel's two-run homer gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Goldschmidt then hit a two-run drive in the fourth to make it 6-2. Hill's solo shot capped the scoring in the eighth after his RBI double in the first gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.
Arizona had 16 hits with seven starters getting two hits apiece.
"We hit the ball out of the ballpark today, got some big blows and kept the pressure on them," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Got contributions from everybody, so overall, a good day for us."
The start was another in a disturbing trend for Fiers, who struggled at the end of 2012 and in spring training. He gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out one in five innings of his season debut.
"Commanding the baseball is the main problem," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.
He said Fiers' problems could be caused by fatigue, lack of confidence or simply being out of rhythm.
"We need to find out what the answer is and get him on the right track," Roenicke said.
Milwaukee was playing without star Ryan Braun , who missed his second consecutive game with neck spasms, and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez , placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a sprained knee.
Jean Segura had two singles and a double for Milwaukee, which has lost four consecutive games after beating Colorado on opening day. The Brewers had 10 hits, but went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
"He got in trouble, but cut it off and got back on track," Gibson said of Corbin. "That's a good start for us."
Besides missing Braun and Ramirez, Milwaukee slugger Corey Hart is expected to be out the first month of the season recovering from right knee surgery. The slew of injuries left journeyman infielder Alex Gonzalez to bat cleanup Saturday night with Yuniesky Betancourt playing first and batting sixth.
With Milwaukee leading 2-1, Goldschmidt doubled off the left field wall to open the fourth. Kubel hit the next pitch from Fiers into the right field stands for his first homer of the year to give the Diamondbacks the lead for good, 3-2. Arizona scored another run in the inning to make it 4-2 on singles by Eric Chavez , Cliff Pennington and Gerardo Parra .
Arizona stretched the lead to 6-2 in the fifth when Miguel Montero walked and Goldschmidt hit a 1-1 pitch from Fiers into the left field bleachers for his second homer. Fiers finished the inning, but was replaced to start the sixth after throwing 97 pitches.
After going 6-4 with a 1.80 ERA in his first 13 appearances last year as a rookie, Fiers struggled in his last 10 starts of 2012, going 3-6 with a 6.99 ERA. In spring training, he had a 6.98 ERA in 19 1-3 innings.
Pitching for the first time since starting against Cincinnati in spring training on March 29, Corbin allowed a sacrifice fly to Gonzalez in the first and an RBI double to Segura in the second as the Brewers opened a 2-1 lead. He then threw four scoreless innings, departing after six innings.
NOTES: OF Cody Ross went 0 for 3 Saturday night in a rehab start for High-A Visalia. Ross is on the DL with a strained left calf and is 0 for 8 in three games as the DH. ... INF-OF Josh Prince was recalled from Triple-A Nashville to take Ramirez's place on the roster. He entered the game in the seventh and flied out in both of his at-bats. ... Brewers LF Khris Davis doubled for his first major league hit in the second. ... A pitch by LHP Michael Gonzalez that had been ruled a wild pitch Friday night was changed by the official scorer on Saturday to a passed ball by C Jonathan Lucroy . Two runners scored on the decisive play in Arizona's 3-1 victory.