Center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning for Class A Wisconsin on Friday, his only hit in the third game of his four-game rehabilitation assignment.
Gomez, who is coming back from a left hamstring strain, served as the designated hitter on Friday, but is expected to play the field on Saturday before re-joining the Brewers' active roster on Sunday, when he is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list.
"This gives him a little bit of a break and still get his at-bats," Roenicke said before Friday's game. "We'll just see how that goes whether I start him [Sunday] or not. But he will be active. He's doing good."
It appears Gomez sparked some drama on Friday. The first pitch after his homer hit Wisconsin's Max Walla, leading to the ejections of Burlington pitcher Drew Tyson and manager Aaron Nieckula.
Right-hander Shaun Marcum reported feeling slightly sore on Friday after a pregame scare nearly scuttled his Thursday start in Houston. Marcum felt cramping along his rib cage, but pitched as scheduled and took the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits in five innings.
"He's a little sore today, but hopefully that works itself out in the next couple days," Roenicke said. "We're not planning on him missing [a start], but we'll see how he feels in the next couple days."
Injured first baseman Mat Gamel, out with a torn ACL in his right knee, was to visit on Friday with team physician William Raasch to determine whether Gamel is ready for surgery. Doctors have been waiting for swelling to subside in the joint.
Gamel has MCL damage and a bone injury in his knee, but those will heal without surgery. The ACL requires a fix that will sideline Gamel for the rest of the season.