The Brewers will have three rookies in the lineup when they finish their interleague series with the visiting Devil Rays.
By losing 12 of its last 17, Milwaukee has dropped six games below .500. In an attempt to shake things up, the Brewers traded second baseman Junior Spivey to Washington on Friday for starting pitcher Tomo Ohka. Milwaukee also recently recalled highly touted prospects Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder from Triple-A Nashville.
Ohka had an impressive debut for the Brewers, scattering nine hits in his first career shutout, a 4-0 victory on Tuesday.
The Japanese right-hander struck out six and walked none.
Weeks went 1-for-3 with a run scored in his fourth career game. Weeks, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, is batting .312 (5-for-16) since getting called up from the minors. Weeks was hitting .320 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 55 games at Nashville.
With a left-hander starting for Tampa Bay on Tuesday, the left-handed hitting Fielder did not play after making his big league debut at designated hitter and going 0-for-4 Monday. The 21-year-old Fielder was Milwaukee’s top draft pick in the 2002 draft.
The son of former major leaguer Cecil Fielder is expected to back in the lineup Wednesday against Devil Rays right-hander Hideo Nomo.
Nomo has pitched well against Milwaukee in his career, going 5-2 with three complete games and a 2.14 ERA in eight starts. Overall, the Japanese right-hander has struggled with just one win in his last 10 starts.
“He hasn’t been real sharp,” manager Lou Piniella said. “I think it’s that more than anything else.”