Because of the Milwaukee Brewers' mounting injury list, manager Ron Roenicke has had to be creative with his lineups. That creativity was tested in a big way Sunday.
With left fielder Ryan Braun nursing a sore Achilles tendon and hip, and third baseman Aramis Ramirez out due to a quadriceps strain, Roenicke was missing his Nos. 3 and 4 hitters from an already thin lineup.
Asked about putting together a batting order under those circumstances, Roenicke smiled and said, "It took some discussion."
Roenicke had no choice but to put together his 17th consecutive different lineup. Right fielder Corey Hart batted third in Braun's place, and substitute third baseman Taylor Green was inserted in the cleanup spot in the Brewers' 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hart went 1-for-4, and Green finished 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI double.
Green, first baseman Brooks Conrad and catcher Martin Maldonado all began the year in the minors. Shortstop Cody Ransom was a waiver claim from Arizona less than two weeks earlier. All were in the lineup Sunday. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers was making his second major league start since coming up from Class AAA Nashville.
"I guess that's why they say if you're going to be hurt, it's good to be hurt in spring," Roenicke said. "You can never predict what's going to happen with the injuries.
"Last year, we were good -- three (injuries) at the beginning (spring training) and then we had (second baseman) Rickie (Weeks) late, and that was it. That's pretty good.
"Our starting staff last year was outstanding -- we used just six guys. Year to year, I don't know what's going to happen."
Braun pinch-hit in the eighth inning, and he flied out to right.
The hope was that both Braun and Ramirez could return to action Tuesday after a scheduled off day Monday.
"They're both sore today. We'll figure it out," Roenicke said Sunday.