Roenicke: With Aoki, Brewers have CF 'options that we feel good about'
MILWAUKEE - The manager of the Milwaukee Brewers says that the rotation in the center field spot may expand to include newcomer Norichika Aoki more often with Carlos Gomez.
Aoki started in center field on Monday night, drew a walk and scored a run in Milwaukee's 6-5 win over the Houston Astros at Miller Park. He has a .278 batting average in 2012.
"I think we'll look at it a little bit more. I don't know which way we'll go tonight, but I like that we have options that we feel good about," said manager Ron Roenicke on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Brewers 360" feature during "Wisconsin's Morning News."
"I think Gomez is also an option against right-handers now because he's swinging the bats well. I think whoever is swinging the bat better, especially with us needing some offense, I think we'll try to do that."
One man who hasn't been swinging the bat well, and who consequentially hasn't been starting, is Nyjer Morgan.
The hero of the Brewers' 2011 NLDS victory over Arizona has been struggling, with just a .119 average so far this year.
Meanwhile, Gomez has been exemplary at the plate, with a .345 average on the year.