9/20/2013 7:15 P.M. ET
Crew unsure if Nelson will start before season's end
By Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has made it clear he wants to get Jimmy Nelson a start before season's end. On Friday, though, Roenicke said depending on what happens in the next week, that may not be in the cards.
"We'll just go through this here and see where we are after this series," Roenicke said. "Even though I gave what we're planning to do, that can change."
The Brewers have Johnny Hellweg, Yovani Gallardo and Wily Peralta on the mound against the Cardinals at Miller Park this weekend, and they announced Marco Estrada, Tyler Thornburg and Kyle Lohse as their starters in Atlanta starting Monday.
That leaves a season-ending, four-game series in New York as the Brewers' final chance to see Nelson, the top prospect in the organization according to MLB.com.
"Hey, he may not get a start," Roenicke said. "I'm not going to say he's getting a start. He may not. If things don't work out the way we want them to, he may not."
Nelson, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound right-hander, entered Friday with five scoreless innings out of the Brewers' bullpen since his September callup. He went 5-6 with a 3.67 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Nashville this year. Prior to his promotion at Nashville, Nelson went 5-4 with a 2.74 ERA in 12 starts at Double-A Huntsville.
Brewers cautious with, but optimistic about Segura
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke maintained Friday that he would not play All-Star Jean Segura for the remainder of the season if his right hamstring -- strained in Wednesday's 7-0 win against the Cubs -- does not progress properly.
But Roenicke said he does not expect that to be the case.
"If the hamstring doesn't come around, [missing the rest of the season] is obviously a possibility," Roenicke said. "But I'm expecting it to come around a little faster than that. If it does, we'll get him back out there. But [we're] not putting him at risk to do it again."
Jeff Bianchi took over at shortstop after Segura left Wednesday's game, and he was in the starting lineup in place of Segura on Thursday and Friday. Bianchi will likely see most of the starts at shortstop while Segura is out, but Yuniesky Betancourt is also an option there for the Brewers.
"My job is to prepare to play every day," Bianchi said. "This year, I've played second [base], short, third. I've been ready to play every day. I'll take it the same while I get some starts here at short. I'm excited to get some more starts, but I just kind of wish it were under different circumstances."
The position is nothing new to Bianchi, who started 13 games there in 2012 and has nine starts there this season, including Friday against the Cardinals.
"I've played short my whole life, and I've kept up with the ground balls and getting work in there and practice and stuff. I'm confident there right now, and I'll go out and play how I know how to play and just let everything take care of itself."
Roenicke said Khris Davis' left wrist is progressing, but the left fielder was out of the lineup Friday for the second consecutive day after starting Wednesday.
"It's getting a little bit better," Roenicke said. "It's still fatigued, and he still feels it when he plays -- when he starts. Pinch-hitting, just because there's less swings, probably doesn't bother him as much."
Will Davis, who led the Majors in slugging percentage (.670) since July 23 entering Friday, will be available for pinch-hitting duty this weekend against the Cardinals?
"No, I'll get him out there again," Roenicke said. "We're kind of looking at matchups. The other day, [Reds closer Aroldis] Chapman was out there. I didn't really want to hit him off Chapman. If you're going to hurt your wrist, that's who you're going to hurt it against. So, I'll watch."
• Roenicke said the Brewers got a chance to tour the catwalk above Miller Park prior to Friday's game against the Cardinals.
"I'm scared of heights. A little uneasy," Roenicke said. "You don't want to look down that much. They just offered to take us up there, and they showed us how some things work. It's pretty neat."
• Carlos Gomez took home the Brewers' "We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year" award, which was announced in a pregame ceremony prior to Friday's opener against the Cardinals.
The award, presented to the player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work and an aggressive approach to playing the game, was voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.