MILWAUKEE -- The timing of the All-Star break was convenient for Pirates infielder Casey McGehee.
After leaving the last game before the break with a mild left-groin strain, McGehee was able to go without missing any extra time, as he was back in the starting lineup at first base for Friday's second-half opener against the Brewers.
"It was a good time to take a couple days to let some little aches and pains and stuff kind of heal up," McGehee said. "But you're going to have stuff like that through the course of the season. You're never going to feel quite 100 percent this far into the season, but the four days definitely did me good."
McGehee agitated his groin hitting a two-run single against San Francisco last Sunday. He buckled on the swing and limped out of the batter's box before being taken out of the game. He was 3-for-4 on the day before leaving the game, and the former Brewer was batting .252 with six homers and 29 RBIs entering Friday.
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said the training staff tested McGehee during a workout on Thursday night, and all signs indicated that he was ready to go on Friday.
"It felt like I was moving pretty good," McGehee said. "So we'll give it a go."