Waiting for word on Gwynn, Looper
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash was delayed on his return flight from Milwaukee to Phoenix on Monday, so we will not get the results of doctor visits by outfielder Tony Gwynn. Jr. and right-hander Braden Looper until Tuesday.
Gwynn had a setback on Sunday and was to undergo an MRI scan on Monday, according to Brewers manager Ken Macha, to determine why he’s still feeling pain in his right shoulder. Looper was scratched from his Saturday start with tightness at the back of his ribcage and was to see a doctor today.
Gwynn’s bad luck is proving a huge boost for Brad Nelson, who hit another RBI single against the Padres today and is batting .571 with four walks in four Spring Training games. Nelson moved back to first base last year, but he has played the outfield in the past and is being considered for a backup spot there.
“If we’re going to keep two extra outfielders, we’re going to have to see what ‘Nellie’ can do,” Macha said. “He’s been impressive. Almost every at-bat is a long pitch count at-bat. He’s not afraid to take a walk. His strike zone knowledge is pretty good. He stays on the ball.”
What do you think? If you were GM Doug Melvin, who would you keep in the outfield?