Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer injured his groin during a workout at the team’s Minor League facility on Thursday and will not be part of Major League camp as expected, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. Schafer, who is not on the 40-man roster and was not expected to compete for a spot on the team, was extended a camp invitation as a reward for winning organizational player of the year honors in 2009.
Schafer, 23, is expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks, Ash said, meaning he will be healthy by about the same time he would have been cut from big league camp. Ash said that if Schafer improves sufficiently by mid-March, he could still see some action in Cactus League “A” games.
A series of similar opportunities last spring left a positive impression on the Brewers’ coaching staff and Schafer backed it up in the 2009 regular season. He spent most of the year at Class A Brevard County, winning the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average. He also ranked second in the league with 76 runs scored and third with 31 doubles.
Schafer’s injury means the Brewers will have 56 players in camp including eight outfielders. The full squad is scheduled for its first official workout on Saturday.