The team made another round of roster cuts in the morning. Outfielder Lorenzo Cain, pitcher Marco Estrada and catcher Angel Salome were optioned to Triple-A Nashville and nonroster pitchers Zach Braddock and Kameron Loe were returned to Minor League camp. Estrada and Loe are ticketed for Nashville’s starting rotation.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar was also sidelined Friday for yet another trip to the dentist’s office. It appears as if he will have an entirely new mouthful of teeth before Spring Training is over.
With Escobar out, the lineup for Friday’s game against the Angels looked like this:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Jim Edmonds CF
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Casey McGehee 3B
Corey Hart RF
George Kottaras C
Luis Cruz SS
Jeff Suppan RHP
The Brewers and Rangers will play another B game on Monday, this time at Maryvale Baseball Park at 12 p.m. CDT/10 a.m. MST. Chris Narveson, who is still in the running for the pitching rotation, will probably start that game on an extra day of rest.
Doug Davis, who has the No. 3 starter’s spot sewed up, will start the A game against the Dodgers that day. One of Dave Bush or Manny Parra, fellow competitors with Narveson, will start Tuesday against the Indians and then the other will pitch some kind of game on Wednesday, the big-league Brewers’ only off day of the spring. After that, Macha conceded, the team will at least need to make a decision on its No. 4 starter in order to wisely distribute innings over the final week-plus of camp.
In other words, we should know much more about the Brewers’ starting rotation a week from today.