MILWAUKEE -- To ensure they had enough help in the bullpen Sunday, the Brewers optioned infielder Mat Gamel to Triple-A Nashville and recalled right-hander Cody Scarpetta from Double-A Huntsville.

Scarpetta's stay with the team was short, though. The right-hander did not pitch in the Brewers' 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and was optioned back to Huntsville after the game.

No corresponding move was made with the team heading into the All-Star break.

Manager Ron Roenicke said Gamel, one of the team's top prospects, would work at third base initially when returning to Nashville. Gamel had been playing first base in the Minors, but he started three games at third for the Brewers.

"I would think he'd play mostly third right away and get comfortable there, and then move him back and forth," Roenicke said.

Gamel was 3-for-26 in 10 games.

"He can hit," Roenicke said. "First game was nice, second game he hit the ball well but didn't get any hits. From there, it just kind of builds up. You keep looking up at your average and you are hitting .200 or wherever it is now, it starts to bother you."

Braun hopes to play in first game after break

MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun said Sunday his new goal was to play in the Brewers' first game after the All-Star break while skipping the Midsummer Classic to nurse his ailing left leg.

"I was still holding out hope that I'd be able to play today, but as I've said all along, the whole goal is to be smart about it, not to push it too much and make sure that I get back to 100 percent," Braun said before the Brewers played Cincinnati on Sunday. "The priority obviously is to be at 100 percent the second half and contributing to this team's success."

Braun said he was available to pinch-hit Sunday. The left fielder, who received the most votes among National League players in fan balloting, will fly to Phoenix on Sunday night and participate in all the All-Star activities on Monday.

"I would like to think I'll have the opportunity to go to a few more [All-Star Games], but you never know," he said. "So you try to embrace every experience. It's definitely disappointing. But at the same time, I've accepted it. I realize there's nothing I can do about it at this point. I'm just trying to stay positive and get healthy."

Manager Ron Roenicke said he hoped Braun would be able to play when the Brewers resume action Thursday night in Colorado, but he also said the team would consider placing him on the disabled list if he isn't ready.

"If he's not ready Thursday, we're probably going to have to do something," Roenicke said.

If the team places Braun on the 15-day disabled list, they could backdate it to July 3. That would allow him to play on Monday, July 18.

Roenicke appreciates Crew's trio of All-Stars

MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday he's grown to appreciate what his trio of All-Stars means to the team halfway through his first year at the helm of the Brewers.

Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun all were elected starters in fan balloting, although Braun will miss the game with a leg injury.

"You appreciate more when you're watching every day," Roenicke said before Sundays' game against Cincinnati. "I see it for the whole season.

"These guys are special players. They [say] that today's players are different than they were back then. These guys are not different from the way they were back then. These guys play the same way. They come here expecting to win every day. That's what I really appreciate from them.

"These are the guys you build a team around."