Lefty Randy Wolf and catcher Gregg Zaun headed over to the Minor League fields a few moments ago to take part in an intrasquad game designed to keep Wolf on track for the start of the season. The team opted to give the “A” game assignment to Chris Narveson, who is still bidding for his spot in the rotation.
Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano, attempting the difficult comeback from his second Tommy John reconstructive surgery, has been shut down with inflammation in his elbow, manager Ken Macha said Tuesday morning.
The Brewers released left-hander John Halama on a busy Tuesday morning. Halama, who turned 38 last month, was bidding to return to the Majors for the first time since 2006. He allowed four runs on 10 hits in six Cactus League innings.
The Brewers swung a trade with the Indians on Tuesday to keep Rule 5 pick Chuck Lofgren from returning to Cleveland.
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Expect the Brewers to announce another round of roster cuts on Monday that will focus on paring the pitching staff down to those with a legitimate chance to make the Opening Day roster. It could mark the end of the line for prospects like Mark Rogers and Amaury Rivas, who have a bright future but still have some Minor League work to do first.
Infielder Craig Counsell, who was scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a stiff neck, is back in the mix for Sunday’s matinee in Scottsdale against the Giants. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun are both off today.
Craig Counsell was a late scratch from the Brewers’ split-squad game against the Rockies at Maryvale Baseball Park and it appears the culprit was a stiff neck.
“I told Craig to let us know whether he could play or not,” said manager Ken Macha, who attended the team’s other split-squad game in Glendale, Ariz. but got a report from Maryvale. “I think he came in and took [batting practice] and it stiffened up on him.”
Counsell, 39, is a key member of a Brewers bench that took some shape on Saturday when the Rangers claimed another infielder, Hernan Iribarren, off waivers. With Iribarren out of the picture, it appears the leading candidate for the final infield spot after Counsell is Joe Inglett. Prospect Mat Gamel is also getting a look.
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