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Series preview: Mets at Brewers

NEW YORK METS (36-35, second place/NL East) at MILWAUKEE BREWERS (25-46, fifth place/NL Central)

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-7, 4.21) vs. RHP Mike Fiers (3-7, 4.50), 8:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (9-5, 4.81) vs. RHP Jimmy Nelson (3-8, 4.64), 8:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.34) vs. RHP Taylor Jungmann (1-1, 3.50), 2:10 p.m. ET

BREWERS SHORT HOPS

  • Center fielder Carlos Gomez aims to return to the starting lineup for Tuesday’s series opener against the Mets. Gomez has missed eight of the Brewers’ last 11 games with a right hip injury. He ran the bases on Sunday to test the balky hip. Gomez earlier this season spent time on the disabled list with a hamstring strain. Gerardo Parra has handled center field in Gomez’s absence.

  • The Brewers have several trade candidates whose contracts expire this season, including third baseman Aramis Ramirez ($14 million salary in 2015), right-hander Kyle Lohse ($11 million), reliever Jonathan Broxton ($9 million) and Parra ($6.2 million). Closer Francisco Rodriguez is signed through 2016, with a team option for the following season. Still, the Toronto Sun reported the Blue Jays have scouted the ex-Met K-Rod. Ramirez, who is retiring at the end of the season, is 5-for-28 in his past seven games and is hitting .197 with two homers in June. Despite reports suggesting otherwise, the Mets appear uninterested.

  • Left fielder Khris Davis underwent surgery on his right knee on June 2 to remove torn cartilage. The procedure was expected to cost Davis four to six weeks.

  • Craig Counsell signed a three-year contract to replace the fired Ron Roenicke as manager on May 4. The Brewers had a 7-18 record at the time of Roenicke’s dismissal. Counsell, 44, had not previously managed or coached. He had been serving as a special assistant to general manager Doug Melvin. Counsell played 16 major league seasons as an infielder, including in 2004 and from 2007 through ’11 with the Brewers.

  • The Brewers are an MLB-worst 11-24 at home. They have been out-homered 60-34 and outscored 201-138 at Miller Park. They are 1-8-2 in home series this season.

  • Taylor Jungmann, the 12th overall pick in the 2011 draft, made his major league debut on June 9. The Brewers originally tried Tyler Wagner, then Tyler Cravy in the rotation spot vacated when Wily Peralta landed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.

  • Second baseman Scooter Gennett is batting .257 with a .278 on-base percentage in 11 games (nine starts) since returning from a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs. He had batted .154 before the May 18 demotion.

  • Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was on the DL from April 21 through May 31 with a fractured left big toe. He twice has batted leadoff this month, making him the first Brewers catcher to do so Jason Kendall on July 24, 2009.