'Out' dates coming up

Brewers officials are scheduled to meet Monday morning to discuss roster decisions, including a handful of players in camp who can elect free agency this week if they are not added to the 40-man roster.

The list of players with such “out” dates includes outfielder Jim Edmonds, catcher Matt Treanor and left-hander Scott Schoeneweis. Edmonds’ and Schoeneweis’ date is Thursday, when the Brewers return from their only Spring Training off-day to play the Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz. Treanor was not sure of his precise date and general manager Doug Melvin said he preferred not to disclose it.

The clauses mean that the Brewers could have some decisions to make. Edmonds is probably part of the team’s Opening Day plans, but Treanor is still vying with 40-man roster member George Kottaras for the backup catcher job, and Schoeneweis is part of the Brewers’ complicated “combinations and permutations” in the pitching department.

In the race to back up starting catcher Gregg Zaun, the Brewers essentially have to choose between offense and defense. Kottaras bats left-handed and has shown significant power while batting .321 and slugging .679 in the Cactus League. Six of his nine hits have gone for extra bases, including a pair of home runs. Treanor, meanwhile, is batting just .200 and slugging .250, but he is an advanced defensive catcher with much more Major League experience.

“He’s done a fine job receiving the ball,” manager Ken Macha said. “I think he’s been very receptive to all instruction and he’s very knowledgeable about what’s going on. On the defensive side of it, I think he’s solid.”

Even in the very unlikely case he would be open to an assignment, the Brewers probably don’t have room for Treanor in the Minor Leagues because prospects Angel Salome and Jonathan Lucroy are already fighting for playing time.

Treanor planned to place a call Sunday night to his agent, Joel Wolf, to discuss his out date. 

“Defensively, handling the pitchers, I feel like I’ve done what I wanted to do,” Treanor said. “Offensively, I’ve missed some chances. … It’s a tough decision on the club because Georgie has been great.”

Schoeneweis signed a Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Feb. 9 and has allowed four earned runs but only three hits in six Spring Training games. He said Sunday that he would not be willing to accept a Minor League assignment. The Brewers already have one left-hander ticketed for the Major League bullpen in Mitch Stetter.

At least two other non-roster invitees have “out” clauses in their contracts, but both come into play during the regular season. Left-hander A.J. Murray can become a free agent if he’s not with the Brewers on June 15, and outfielder Trent Oeltjen can walk away if he is not in the Majors within 48 hours of July 1.
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Edmonds was in the lineup today against the White Sox. Here’s what the full card looks like:

WHITE SOX

Alexei Ramirez  SS
Jordan Danks  LF
Mark Kotsay  1B
Andruw Jones  CF
Alex Rios  RF
Ramon Castro  C
Jayson Nix  3B
Brent Lillibridge  2B
Freddy Garcia  RHP
BREWERS
Rickie Weeks  2B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Gregg Zaun  C
Jim Edmonds  CF RF
Craig Counsell  3B
Alcides Escobar  SS
Randy Wolf  LHP
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Before Doug Davis pitches against the Angels in Monday’s “A” game, left-hander Chris Narveson will take the hill in a “B” game at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Rangers. One of the big league catchers will handle Narveson, and third baseman Casey McGehee and right fielder Corey Hart are scheduled to get some extra at-bats. 
McGehee, one of last year’s Spring Training All-Stars (.339 average, six homers), is hitting .206 this year. Hart is batting just .182. 
“I think those guys feel they could use some at-bats and Dale [Sveum, Milwaukee’s hitting coach] feels they could use some at-bats also,” Macha said. “There’s no specific formula on how to get somebody at their best shape for Opening Day. We’re trying to do our best.”
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The Brewers are finally splitting up Dave Bush and Manny Parra. Bush will pitch Tuesday against the Indians and Parra will have to come in on the off-day Wednesday to pitch a Minor League game. Until this week, Bush and Parra have been pitching on the same day.
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Lefty Chris Capuano expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday. He has not pitched since March 11, when he developed some discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.
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1 Comment

whose playing right. you have edmonds and gomez both playing center. i’m guessing edmonds in right?

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