Riske to pitch; Gagne mulling surgery
Rapid-fire injury updates:
– Noted orthopedist Lewis Yocum examined reliever Eric Gagne on Saturday morning and concurred with Brewers head physician William Raasch: Gagne has labrum and rotator cuff damage, but should take a cortisone shot and attempt a course of rehab before succumbing to surgery. The decision is now up to Gagne.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was conferring with Gagne’s agent, Scott Boras, on Saturday afternoon about what comes next. It’s unclear whether Gagne, who is in camp on a Minor League contract and now probably won’t make the team, will remain at Maryvale Basebale Park or depart.
– Fellow reliever David Riske will pitch an inning in a Minor League game on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park, his first game action since right elbow surgery last September. Mangaer Ken Macha said the team preferred a controlled environment for Riske’s first outing; if he reaches his pitch count (20), they can simply call off the rest of the inning.
– Righty Braden Looper played long toss on Saturday morning and said he continues to feel improvement from a strained muscle at the back of his ribcage. He hopes to throw off a mound soon, but there is no set schedule to do so.
And on a completely different pre-game topic:
– The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt made the interesting observation during batting practice that all four of Milwaukee’s managerial candidates were standing within 10 feet of each other on Saturday. In addition to Ken Macha, who got the job, and Willie Randolph and Dale Sveum, who took jobs as Brewers coaches, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly was standing behind the cage watching BP.