Brewers manager Ron Roenicke hospitalized with back problem

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Milwaukee's skipper went to a Chicago emergency room early this morning, but expects to be back in the dugout for Tuesday night's game.

The injury bug going around the Milwaukee Brewers' clubhouse is not just limited to players, it seems. Manager Ron Roenicke was admitted into a Chicago hospital Tuesday morning after his back "froze up" on him, reports Jay Sorgi of 620 WTMJ NewsRadio.

The skipper called team doctors into his hotel room very early in the morning and was taken to the emergency room at around 5:30 a.m. When called for his regular Tuesday morning radio appearance around 8:00 a.m., the 56-year-old informed the station of his predicament but made assurances that the situation was not serious:

"My back's been bothering me a little bit. Last night, when I tried to go to sleep, it got bad, and I couldn't sleep at all. I called our physicians. They came up and got me over here to the hospital," said Roenicke.

"Everything's fine. It's just the back. Once in a while, my back gets a little squirly."

Roenicke added that he expects to be back in the dugout for Tuesday night's game at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. If he is unable, bench coach Jerry Narron would take over managing duties for the day.

Roenicke's bad back is just the latest in a series of injuries that have hit the Brew Crew in the early goings of 2013. Mat Gamel, Corey Hart, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Braun, Chris Narveson, and Jean Segura are all nursing injuries of varying types and severity.

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