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Brewer still hope to go a long way while being shorthanded

The Sports Xchange

Any club official will tell you that good health is a component of any playoff-caliber season.

In 2011, when the Brewers went on to claim their first NL Central crown and post a franchise-record 96 victories, they did not have to contend with a major injury until second baseman Rickie Weeks sustained a severe ankle sprain in late July.

Already this season, the Brewers have incurred two season-ending injuries.

First, left-hander Chris Narveson, the No. 5 pitcher in the starting rotation, suffered a torn rotator cuff that required surgery.

Now, the Brewers probably must play the rest of the season without first baseman Mat Gamel, who suffered a torn ACL in his right knee Tuesday night in San Diego. In all likelihood, Gamel is done for the year.

"Every team has to deal with injuries," leftfielder Ryan Braun said. "You hope that you don't, but ultimately in playing this game it's inevitable. We don't have the luxury of feeling bad for ourselves.

"You've just got to turn the page and hope that other guys have the opportunity to step up and play good baseball. Nobody's going to feel bad for us."

Manager Ron Roenicke said the injuries to Narveson and Gamel will have a real effect on the club for the remainder of the season, but said the Brewers have to find a way to move forward.

"Any time, if somebody goes down for a season, there's an impact on your club," said Roenicke. "A short-term thing, the 15-day DL, you can get by with that. We dealt with that a lot last year (when right-hander Zack Greinke, catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right fielder Corey Hart opened the season on the disabled list). Teams can still win doing that.

"The more long-term injuries you have, it affects what you do. Can you replace (the player)? Yes, sometimes you can."

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