MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers won Saturday without left fielder Ryan Braun in the lineup. To take the series on Sunday, the Crew might have to beat the Pirates without Braun and third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
Ramirez exited Saturday's game before the top of the seventh inning with a mild left quadriceps strain. Braun, meanwhile, sat out Saturday after reaggravating his tight right Achilles and suffering a right hip strain on Friday night.
Now, the Brewers could be without their starting middle of the order -- a combined 19 home runs and 66 RBIs -- for the first time this season.
"There's a chance, yes," manager Ron Roenicke said when asked about that possibility.
The good news for Milwaukee is that Roenicke wouldn't even call Ramirez's injury a strain, opting for "slight pull." And Ramirez, who said he originally felt the issue on his double in the second inning and again going after a popup in the third before it progressively got worse, wasn't too worried about missing much, if any, time.
"I'll be fine; it's not that serious," Ramirez said. "It's a little sore, but I just did it. We'll see how it is in the morning."
Roenicke had already alluded to Braun possibly sitting out a second straight game before Saturday's 5-1 win over the Pirates. And with an off-day on Monday, resting his No. 3 and No. 4 hitters would give them three and two days of recovery time, respectively.
With seven players on the disabled list, the Brewers started two infielders on Saturday that weren't with the team when the season started. On Friday, they started three.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.