Melvin remains on the search for shortstops in the wake of Alex Gonzalez's season-ending knee injury, but the possibility of adding veteran Edgar Renteria appears a dead end. Melvin recently contacted Renteria's agent and was told that player intends to remain retired.
Second baseman Rickie Weeks was out of the lineup on Sunday, a day after an 0-for-5, four-strikeout game against the Twins that dropped his average to .154. For the first time, Roenicke connected Weeks' ongoing slump to the left hand injury he suffered May 11 when Weeks was hit by a pitch.
"The hand still isn't 100 percent," Roenicke said. "He usually is really adamant on telling me, 'No.' But I explained some things to him [about why Sunday was a good day to take a break] ... and he was, 'Hey, you're the manager, if you want to do that, I'm OK.'"
Roenicke also opted to give third baseman Aramis Ramirez a rare day off, only Ramirez's second this season. It cost Ramirez at-bats against Twins starter Jason Marquis, against whom Ramirez is 10-for-27 with two home runs.
"I have to think more about taking care of the guys to make sure that, physically, they're OK to continue on the long season," Roenicke said.
The Brewers released Minor League right-hander Seth Lintz, a second-round Draft pick in 2008. He had a 7.11 ERA over parts of five seasons.