Gomez, who is hitting .267/.313/.367 in 13 games will start at second base and bat second. Parra was bumped from the No. 2 spot in the order and will bat eighth for Milwaukee before Aramis Ramirez was scratched with a hamstring injury. With Ramirez's absence, Parra moved to the No. 7 hole. He is hitting .222 (12 for 54) in 21 games.
Milwaukee is an underdog (+170) at Wrigley Field, per VegasInsider.com.
"I'm fine physically," Braun said, per MLB.com. "I'm 100 percent available. Everybody has some bumps and bruises."
Braun had started the previous eight games for Milwaukee before getting Sunday off for rest. He is hitting .230 with one home run and four RBI in 61 at-bats this season. Braun is getting another day of rest Monday, but he's trying to work on some things in the batting cage to fix muscle memory from a thumb injury last season.
Parra is batting .196 with four doubles and one triple in 46 at-bats this season.
"It's not something I want to do, rest them," manager Ron Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "I need these guys in here playing, trying to win. But when someone tells me they need a day off, they need a day off."
Braun had started 15 straight games in right field coming into Sunday's action, but he'll get his first break from starting since April 8. He has hitjust .230/.277/.279 with one home run and four RBI in 61 at-bats.
"He's pressing like everybody is," Roenicke said. "They're frustrated they're not seeing better results. I think he's had a lot of really good at-bats but he doesn't have much to show for it."
Ramirez has started 16 of the team's 18 games at third base but will take a seat after making four straight starts. He's hit just .197/.197/.295 with one home run and six RBI in 61 at-bats.
"It's tough to do with both of them," Roenicke said. "You guys saw the lineup today. It's quite a bit different. In games we feel like we have to do everything we can to win, it's not what I want to do."
With Braun out of the lineup,
The Brewers are home underdogs (+135) against the Cardinals Sunday.
Ramirez, who got the day off Tuesday and was replaced by
Gomez is batting .235 (8 for 34) with one home run, four doubles and six RBI in eight games. Parra, who is batting .176 (3 for 17) with no RBI and two doubles in seven games, has a .333 average (3 for 9) in his career against John Lackey, who is starting for St. Louis.
Gomez is headed back to Milwaukee on Thursday for more tests, per MLB.com. After Thursday's game, the Brewers head to Pittsburgh for a three-game series.
"Certainly we're not going to see him out there [Friday] or the next day, so it is," manager Ron Roenicke said. "When you talk about a leadoff guy who can do what he can do, and in center field, yeah, it's concerning. We know offensively we need to get things going, and we're losing a guy who has a chance to do a ton for you offensively."
Gomez said is hamstring is "more sore" Thursday than after injuring it Wednesday, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He added the soreness is low on his hamstring and near the back of the knee.
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