MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers placed right-hander Alfredo Figaro on the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday's 9-3 win against the Cubs with a right oblique strain. Johnny Hellweg will be called up from Triple-A Nashville to take Figaro's roster spot.
Hellweg will start and make his Major League debut in Friday's opener in Pittsburgh, becoming the 10th Brewers pitcher to start a game this season as they push Donovan Hand back to Saturday.
"Figaro's hurt, so we need another starter again," manager Ron Roenicke said. "The problem is if we go to the bullpen, to [Tom] Gorzelanny, we don't really have a long guy to come up and fill those spots."
Roenicke said Figaro was first hurt three starts ago against the Marlins after laying down a bunt and colliding with Miami catcher Rob Brantly. Figaro felt it again in his last start against the Braves on Sunday.
Figaro began the year in the Brewers' bullpen, but has started five games due to several pitching staff injuries. He is 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA.
Hellweg went 7-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 14 starts this season for Nashville and is the club's third-ranked prospect, according to MLB.com.
Knee problems persist for rehabbing Hart
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Corey Hart will head to Los Angeles on Wednesday to get a second opinion on his left knee.
According to Roenicke, Hart has some pain and swelling in his left knee, throwing another curveball in the outfielder's attempt to get back on the field from surgery on his right knee in January.
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Hart will see Dodgers team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
"He's going to see one of the doctors in L.A. to just get another opinion of what's going on," Roenicke said. "It's disappointing to him … we'll see."
Hart went under the knife in January to repair a small tear in his meniscus and has continually pushed back his return date, which originally sat in late May.
The Brewers miss Hart's pop in the middle of their lineup, especially while Ryan Braun remains out with a thumb injury and Aramis Ramirez's power numbers dipping while he plays through a left knee injury.
The Brewers entered Monday with 70 home runs, 22nd in baseball. Milwaukee was fourth in the league in homers a year and tops in the National League with 202, 30 coming from Hart.
Meanwhile, Roenicke said Braun may start to swing a bat soon to help the Brewers get a better idea on a return date. Braun was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 14, retroactive to June 10, with a right hand injury and was eligible to return on Tuesday.
"We're going to have him, whether it's every third, fourth day or every week, get a bat in his hands, start swinging and see how it feels," said Roenicke, noting Braun has not yet handled the bat. "I've talked about it with the trainers, I've talked to Gord [Ash] about it, and it's too hard to put any kind of a date or timetable on it. The doctors say it's really hard to tell, and the hand specialist said the same thing."
Feeling better, Gomez targets return vs. Cubs
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez said his left shoulder felt better Tuesday and he will hit on Wednesday, three days after he sprained his shoulder making a catch in center field against the Braves.
Gomez saw team physician Dr. William Raasch on Monday, but did not undergo an MRI exam. He said he has full range of motion.
"It doesn't hurt," Gomez said. "The big test will be tomorrow. I'm going to hit tomorrow. Today, I want to be available for baserunning and defense."
Gomez collided with the center-field wall Sunday while making an acrobatic catch on an Andrelton Simmons fly ball. The center fielder fell awkwardly back, pinning his left arm against the wall.
Gomez said his shoulder popped out and back in, but that he will not change his aggressive style of play in center field.
"I feel really good today. It's really sore, but I'm going to be ready," said Gomez, noting if he feels good Wednesday, he will play against the Cubs. "Everybody can relax because it's not a dangerous injury."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was not quite as optimistic about Gomez's return, saying he likely will miss the entire series against Chicago at Miller Park. But he did say he hopes his center fielder will be back for the team's series in Pittsburgh starting Friday.
"We'll see where he is," Roenicke said. "I'm real pleased, he's real pleased. I saw him moving around and getting some exercise. It'll be nice if he's not out for too long."
Estrada stops rehab assignment after setback
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers were hopeful Marco Estrada's Sunday rehab start with Class A Wisconsin would be the final step before he returns to the rotation. Instead, Estrada experienced a setback with tightness in his left hamstring, the same one that sent him to the disabled list on June 5.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Estrada would freeze his rehab assignment and start throwing bullpen sessions again when his hamstring is close to 100 percent.
"Marco had a setback, so he's off the rehab assignment," Roenicke said. "We've got to get this thing where it's -- I don't know if it'll be 100 percent, but it's got to be a lot better before he goes out and does this again. I would say that we've got to back off a lot on his bullpens until that leg clears, and then we start the bullpens up again."
Estrada lasted just 2 2/3 innings Sunday, allowing eight hits and six earned runs. He struck out five in the first two innings but gave up all six of his runs in the third inning, five coming with two out.
He said he felt his hamstring tighten up in the third.
"I'm going to need a little bit more time, but I'm not sure how much," Estrada said. "What I've been feeling in bullpens is what I felt the first two innings. It was just a little here and there, but I could deal with it. The third, it was just [not good].
"The only way I'm going to know how it feels again is getting back on the mound."
The Brewers have been forced to use nine different starting pitchers this season with numerous injuries to their staff. Roenicke eluded to Donovan Hand, who made his first Major League start Saturday against the Braves, as an in-house solution. But he also said the team talked about making a call to the Minor Leagues to keep the bullpen intact.
"We still have the guys; Handy did a nice job, I don't mind putting him back up there," Roenicke said. "Then we'll see where we are as far as the bullpen. You just have to fill the spots. We have the guys to fill the spots, but then you got to have somebody to fill in that spot.
"We're going to have to wait and see. It's more medically where we are and how long it's going to be with all the guys we've got."
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.