The Brewers gained a regular Monday and lost one when leftfielder Ryan Braun was activated from the 15-day DL and third baseman Aramis Ramirez was placed on the 15-day DL.

Braun is active for the game against the Reds but would only be used as a pinch-hitter. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun could be in the starting lineup Tuesday.

Ramirez has been trying to battle through a sprained left knee and has been having more trouble with it of late. By putting him on the DL now, retroactive to Sunday, the Brewers can use the four-day all-star break as part of that down time. Ramirez would have to miss the first three games after the break before he could be activated.

Braun has been on the DL since June 10 with what was described as a right thumb contusion. But he actually was having problem with a nerve between the thumb and index finger that made it difficult to grab the bat properly, and had robbed him of his power.

After a succesful batting practice session on the field Saturday and continued improvement Sunday, as well as pre-game BP Monday, Braun was deemed fit to come off the DL.

"It's exciting, more than it is a relief," said Braun. "Being on the DL is not something I enjoyed. I definitely appreciate the last six years having never spent time on the DL. It's a lot of long and boring days. I'm excited to be back and be able to compete again and hopefully contribute to some better baseball."

Braun acknowledged that his thumb was not 100% and doesn't expect it to be the remainder of the season.

"I don't expect it to be close to 100% all year but it's good enough," said Braun. "I feel optimistic that we're in a good place; it's felt good the last few days and that's what I anticipate moving forward."

Braun said he has tried a bunch of different paddings on the bat and in his batting gloves to try to cushion the thumb and he couldn't tell which option was best.

"I took 'dry' swings about five or six days ago and that was the first day I felt we were definitely headed in the right direction," said Braun. "It's a process. You have to feel all right during the swings and then see how the body responds to actual swinging. That was an encouraging day and we certainly moved forward and progressed really fast after that."