Edmonds could play as soon as Sunday
Outfielder tested injured back by hitting off tee Saturday
SAN DIEGO -- Jim Edmonds' injured back continued to feel better on Saturday, and if all goes well prior to Sunday's game, Edmonds could be back in the lineup.
Manager Ken Macha indicated he would like to have Edmonds available on Sunday, particularly with outfielder Carlos Gomez out with a strained left knee.
"We talked to [Edmonds], and he's feeling much better," Macha said. "He'll hit in the cage [Saturday]."
Edmonds did take some swings on Friday as well, but the injury prevented him from doing much more.
"I just took a couple of swings off a tee, but I couldn't throw," Edmonds said. "I can't do any running or throwing yet. I can go side to side, but I can't [throw overhand], so I had to really limit what I did and just let it try to heal."
Pinch-hitting is likely not an option on Saturday, Macha said, especially with the hard-throwing Mat Latos on the mound for the Padres.
"I would doubt [Edmonds will pinch-hit], but I don't know. We'll see how he hits in the cage," Macha said. "I'd like him to be able to play [Sunday], but then we've got Monday off, so we'll see."
Edmonds suffered the injury in Wednesday's game stealing second base in the 13th inning. His slide into second tweaked his back and caused the soreness.
Gomez's sore knee isn't expected to linger
SAN DIEGO -- Carlos Gomez's strained left knee kept him out of the lineup Saturday, but the speedy outfielder does not expect the injury to last much longer than that.
Gomez, who aggravated the patella tendon in his knee on Friday night while jumping toward first base and trying to beat out a bunt single, said he will rest the knee, but could resume activity soon.
"I'm going to do nothing [Saturday]," Gomez said. "[Sunday], I will maybe run a little bit on the field, and we are off Monday. On Tuesday, I will wait to be sure, but I think I will be ready."
Manager Ken Macha confirmed Gomez's assessment of the injury, and added that an MRI revealed no major damage.
"It might be a couple days," Macha said. "They did an MRI, and he's got a little bit of swelling there. It's minimal concern."
When talking about the play that forced him out of the game in the second inning on Friday, Gomez clarified that he has had lingering soreness in the knee.
"It feels better," Gomez said. "I've been sore for the last couple of weeks, it's not just about [Friday]. After [Friday], I felt like a kind of pop."
Jody Gerut replaced Gomez in center field on Friday, and was in the starting lineup in the same spot for Saturday's game.
Brewers told to steal only when it matters
SAN DIEGO -- When it comes to stealing bases -- something the Brewers have done successfully 18 out of 19 times so far this season -- it's about quality over quantity for Ken Macha.
In Friday's game against the Padres, for example, Rickie Weeks swiped a base in the seventh inning with two outs and the Brewers trailing, 1-0. Moving into scoring position in that case was worth the risk, according to Macha.
"That's the kind of stolen base I'm talking about right there, when the game is on the line and you need a bag." Macha said. "You can rack up 18 bags, and all 19 of them could be no factor. [Weeks' stolen base] could've affected the outcome of the game, so that's what we're looking for."
Macha has said as much to first-base coach Ed Sedar, also the team's baserunning coach, and the manager wants to make sure his players are only taking chances when it matters most.
"You can look at that scoreboard, and it pretty much dictates it," Macha said. "We're going to get caught stealing once in a while, and if you go in that situation and you're out, I'm OK with that."
Hart predicts offense will break out soon
SAN DIEGO -- With the Brewers on the wrong end of consecutive shutouts on Friday and Saturday, the team's offense lately has been feast or famine, having tallied 20 and 17 runs in recent games against Pittsburgh.
The chance for victory has followed the same trend as the team has yet to win a game in which it scored fewer than three runs, going 0-10 in those contests.
A streak of 22 scoreless innings going into Saturday night's game against the Padres has put focus on the famine side of the club's ability to push across runs, but outfielder Corey Hart sees better times ahead.
"We can put some better swings out there," Hart said, also giving credit to the San Diego pitching staff. "It has only been two games, but they've been putting it to us a little bit."
The Brewers will have to attempt a breakout performance against a San Diego club that has the most shutouts in the Majors (five), and has not allowed a run in 24 consecutive innings.
Playing in pitcher-friendly PETCO Park through Sunday will make matters that much more difficult, according to Hart, who hit a drive to deep right field on Friday, only to see it caught by Will Venable.
"It was a home run anywhere else," Hart said. "You know that coming into this park, but you just have to play the elements."
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.