ATLANTA -- Although Carlos Gomez is swinging a hotter bat, Nyjer Morgan returned to the Brewers' lineup in center field on Sunday with right-hander Brandon Beachy starting for the Braves in the series finale.
Gomez, who is hitting .350, had one of the Brewers' two hits against lefty Mike Minor on Saturday in his fourth start of the season, and had a pinch-hit double on Friday.
Morgan, meanwhile, went 0-for-3 in the series opener against the Braves to drop his average to .167. He batted .304 last season.
"We need to get him going," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's obviously very important to our lineup."
Gomez, bouncing back from a .225 season a year ago, also needs playing time.
"I'm trying to get Gomey in there a little more," Roenicke said. "I've got to figure that out."
But the Brewers need what Morgan can potentially bring them in the second spot in the lineup, especially with leadoff hitter Rickie Weeks starting slowly.
"He was seeing the ball so well in Spring Training," Roenicke said of Weeks. "I really thought he was going to get off to a good start."
Despite off-day, Brewers to stay on rotation
ATLANTA -- Despite the Brewers' first off-day of the season on Monday, manager Ron Roenicke will stick with his regular rotation. That means an extra day of rest for each starting pitcher.
Later in the season, that would be welcome. The first month, that is not necessarily the case.
"I don't really think the day helps," Roenicke said. "It's a little early for it."
Yovani Gallardo, who will start the series opener against the Dodgers in Milwaukee on Tuesday night, agrees.
"Late in the season, you like the day," the right-hander said. "Early in the year, you really don't need it."
Roenicke, though, doesn't want to skip anyone in the rotation. Zack Greinke and Randy Wolf, who both struggled in their last starts, will follow Gallardo against the Dodgers. Shaun Marcum, coming off a strong outing against the Braves on Saturday, will start the opener of the series against Colorado on Friday.
The nine-game homestand concludes with three games against the Astros before the Brewers get a second off-day on April 26.
Monday won't be a full day of rest for Gallardo. "I'll still have to come to the ballpark for work, but I'll keep it light," he said.
Gallardo struggled against the Cardinals on Opening Day at Miller Park, allowing four homers. But he bounced back with a 2-1 victory over the Cubs in Chicago on Wednesday, working seven innings.
Gallardo will look to keep on that roll against the Dodgers. He is 0-3 with a 7.66 ERA in four career starts against them.
Gonzalez to rejoin Brewers after birth of son
ATLANTA -- Alex Gonzalez is expected to rejoin the Brewers as scheduled on Tuesday in Milwaukee after his wife, Johanna, gave birth to their third child on Sunday in Florida.
Axel David Gonzalez weighed just under seven pounds. The couples' other children are also boys, Alex Jr. and Johander.
"I texted him," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Everything went well."
Gonzalez went on paternity leave after going 2-for-4 with a home run in his return to Atlanta on Friday night. The veteran played with the Braves before signing as a free agent with the Brewers during the winter.
With Gonzalez away, Cesar Izturis filled in at shortstop for the final two games of the Braves series.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.