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Peralta injury not serious, could pitch Tuesday

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The Brewers got some good news Friday when an MRI performed on rookie right-hander Wily Peralta's arm

was negative.

Peralta, very impressive as a September call-up from Class AAA Nashville, exited in the sixth inning

Thursday in Cincinnati while throwing a two-hit shutout. Peralta began experiencing tightness in his biceps

earlier in the game and the decision was made to pull him with one down in the sixth and the Brewers

leading, 1-0, in a game they eventually would lose, 2-1.

"I was really happy that he wasn't real sore today," said manager Ron Roenicke. "He still felt it a

little bit but he wasn't very sore, which is very encouraging. He saw the doctors and everybody says he is

fine, physically."

Roenicke said Peralta, 23, was still on track to make his final start of the season Tuesday against San

Diego. But if there is even the slightest doubt, the Brewers won't risk it with Peralta, one of their top

pitching prospects.

The Brewers, who lost to Houston 7-6 Friday, were close to elimination in the race for the second wild-

card berth in the NL, so that game against the Padres probably will have no bearing on the season. That,

also, could prompt the Brewers to skip Peralta.

Peralta told third baseman Aramis Ramirez early in the game Thursday that his biceps was getting tight

but did not alert Roenicke or the trainers until later. Roenicke was asked if that was a rookie mistake by

Peralta.

"No," said Roenicke. "He felt a little something in the second inning, a little tightness, and it's a

little different when it's in the biceps. It's not as dangerous for him to go out there and pitch."

In five starts and one relief outing with the Brewers, Peralta is 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA.

NOTES, QUOTES

Braun notches second straight 30/30 season

--LF Ryan Braun stole his 30th base of the season to go with his league-leading 41 home runs. Braun has

put together consecutive 30/30 seasons after becoming only the second player in franchise history to reach

that plateau in 2011. It's only the 11th 40/30 season in major-league history.

--RHP Wily Peralta had an MRI on his right arm that was negative. Peralta left his start Thursday in

Cincinnati after 5 1/3 shutout innings with tightness in his biceps. Peralta has one more start scheduled

but will be held out if he is not 100 percent.

--RHP Yovani Gallardo had his string of eight consecutive winning decisions come to an end Friday in a

7-6 home loss to Houston. Gallardo, who had been 8-0 over his last 11 starts, allowed five runs in five

innings. The Brewers had won all 11 of those games.

--SS Jean Segura continues to make strides at the plate since coming up from Class AA Huntsville in

early August. With a three-hit night Friday, Segura is batting .398 (21-for-53) over his last 17 games.

--LF Ryan Braun and RHP John Axford footed the bill for 5,000 tickets to be given away to fans for the

game Sunday against Houston at Miller Park. The entire three-game series against the Astros was designated

Fan Appreciation Weekend.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 -- Game away from playoff elimination for the Brewers after losing, 7-6, to Houston on

Friday. Either a loss or a St. Louis victory knocks them from the wild-card race.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Until we're eliminated, we'll keep going at it, but we didn't play well today. It just

wasn't a well-played game." -- Manager Ron Roenicke, after Friday's loss to Houston dropped the Brewers'

elimination number to one.
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