July 2010

Hawkins to pitch Thursday in Arizona

After two months on the disabled list, LaTroy Hawkins will finally return to the mound Thursday, for the Brewers rookie league team in Arizona.

 

Hawkins is scheduled to pitch one inning in Arizona against the Cubs rookie league squad. If all goes according to plan in that outing for Hawkins, the veteran reliever will go to Nashville to continue his rehab with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate.

“I don’t know exactly what the schedule is, but he’s going to get back-to-back days and he’s going to get a two-inning stint also,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said. “Hopes are that he may be back around the Cincinnati series [on July 26-28].”

The true test over the next two weeks for Hawkins will be the back-to-back days he pitches with Nashville, Macha said based on his conversation with pitching coach Rick Peterson.

“It’s broken up into back-to-back days and then a two-inning stint, and I think the back-to-back days are right before the Cincinnati series,” Macha said. “Rick’s feeling is if he’s fine after the back-to-back days he should be ready to join us.”

– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter

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Escobar back in lineup for series finale

No major surprises in manager Ken Macha’s final lineup before the All-Star break.

The only change from Saturday is at shortstop, as rookie Alcides Escobar is back in the lineup in place of veteran infielder Craig Counsell.
Aside from that, it’s business as usual for the Brewers:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Kottaras  C
Gomez  CF
Escobar  SS
Wolf  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Kottaras, Counsell in starting lineup

It’s Cerveceros Day at Miller Park and the Brewers are looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since winning five in a row from June 20-25.

As they do so, they’ll once again be without the services of rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who is out with a sore right hand. Lucroy’s fellow rookie, Alcides Escobar also is out of the lineup.
In place of Lucroy and Escobar will be catcher George Kottaras behind the plate and veteran infielder Craig Counsell at shortstop.
Aside from those changes, manager Ken Macha also flipped the spots of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder once again, batting Braun third ahead of Fielder in the cleanup spot.
Here’s the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Counsell  SS
Gomez  CF
Kottaras  C
Bush  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Front office, coaching job for Jenkins?

Geoff Jenkins signed a one-day contract with the Brewers and then formally retired on Friday, but is interested in remaining in baseball, either as a coach or in some front office capacity. Perhaps the Brewers will find an opening. 

“I said I would get back to him at the end of the year,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “He’s living in Arizona and we have Spring Training in Arizona, so I’m sure that we’ll be able to put something together.”
Jenkins has said he want to remain in baseball in some capacity, and called Friday’s ceremony less about retirement and more about “re-careering.” He has been spending time on the golf course with Arizona pals Jermaine Dye, Eric Gagne and Mark Mulder, but said he misses the daily grind of the baseball season. 
“I’d like to get back in the game because that’s what I know,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been a part of for so long. In some form, I’d like to be in baseball, whether that starts in Spring Training or whatever. I’d like for that, obviously, to be with the Brewers.” 
But Friday’s ceremony at Miller Park was not the time or place to negotiate. 
“Today was not for me to lobby for a position with the team,” Jenkins said. “Today is all about enjoying this day.” 

Melvin said he was “honored” to let Jenkins retire as a Brewer and praised his all-out defensive effort in left field and then in right, after the Brewers asked Jenkins to change positions in the wake of the December 2004 acquisition of Carlos Lee. 
“Geoff stayed here through the difficult times, and it’s a real credit to him,” Melvin said. “He did everything you asked him to do. … I admired the way he played defense and I don’t think that should go unnoticed.” 
Here are some photos of the day, featuring Jenkins, his wife, Jennifer, and Melvin, courtesy of Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus. 
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Perhaps they are discussing the fact that Jenkins was 3-for-10 with two doubles, two RBIs and three strikeouts in his career against Trevor Hoffman.
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Positive progress for Gallardo

Brewers general manager Ken Macha offered good news on the Yovani Gallardo front Friday: The injured right-hander played catch for 10 minutes from 90 feet during the afternoon in his first activity since straining a rib-cage muscle on Sunday in St. Louis. 

“Today would have been his day to pitch, he got some throwing and I asked him afterwards how he felt and he said, ‘Pretty good,'” Macha said. “That’s a very positive sign.”
Gallardo, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strained left oblique, is eligible for reinstatement beginning July 20, when the Brewers are scheduled to play the second of four games in Pittsburgh. Macha couldn’t say whether it was realistic to think that Gallardo could actually return on that date. 
“We’ll monitor that as we progress with his throwing,” Macha said. 
Gallardo will have to continue his rehabilitation off-site, because he will be in Anaheim next week for All-Star Game festivities. He was selected to the National League squad on the same day he suffered the rib-cage injury.
Macha should have another injury update on Saturday, when reliever LaTroy Hawkins is scheduled to throw a simulated game at Miller Park. Hawkins has been on the DL since May 9 with right shoulder fatigue. 
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Braun, Davis back in action tonight

Ryan Braun is back in the Brewers lineup tonight for the start of a three-game series against the Pirates, looking at snap an 0-for-17 slump, and Doug Davis is back in the starting rotation, looking to make up for lost time spent on the disabled list. 

Here’s how they will go after Paul Maholm and the Pirates:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Prince Fielder  1B
Ryan Braun  LF
Casey McGehee  CF
Carlos Gomez  CF
George Kottaras  C
Alcides Escobar  SS
Doug Davis  LHP
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Braun out of lineup for series finale

After toying with the idea for a couple weeks, manager Ken Macha finally gave left fielder Ryan Braun the day off on Thursday. In his place, he started Joe Inglett, who was in the starting lineup for the first time since the Brewers road series in Minnesota in late May.
Other changes for the Brewers include rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar batting second, as Corey Hart slides into the cleanup spot behind Prince Fielder.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks 2B
Escobar  SS
Fielder  1B
Hart  RF
McGehee  3B
Kottaras  C
Gomez  CF
Inglett  LF
Parra P
And here’s the Giants’ lineup:
Andres Torres  CF
Freddy Sanchez  2B
Aubrey Huff  RF
Pat Burrell  LF
Buster Posey  1B
Pablo Sandoval  3B
Edgar Renteria  SS
Eli Whiteside  C
Barry Zito  LHP
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Brewers unveil big plans for scoreboard

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The Brewers will install a new, high-definition scoreboard before the start of the 2011 season that will be the third-largest in Major League Baseball, at 5,940 sq. ft. 
There are only two larger boards in baseball: Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium has an 8,900 sq. ft. scoreboard, and Phoenix’s Chase Field has a scoreboard that covers 6,200 sq. ft.
For comparison, the current video board at Miller Park is 1,296 sq. ft. The matrix board underneath it is 2,432 sq. ft. 
In an announcement, the Brewers trumpeted their board as only the third “true 1080 display” in baseball and only the fifth in any major U.S. sports venue. The others in MLB are at Yankee Stadium and Target Field, the new home of the Twins. The NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks also have true 1080 displays. 
“When you factor in the overall size and resolution of the new display, we believe this will be the finest video board in Major League Baseball,” Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger said in the club’s statement. “This is going to be a spectacular addition to the fan experience at Miller Park in 2011.”
Audio consultant Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams is working with the Brewers and the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District through the process in developing the new scoreboard.  Mortenson Construction, southeastern Wisconsin’s largest builder, is serving as general contractor for the project.  
The scoreboard project also will include renovations and upgrades to portions of the Miller Park sound system, the Brewers said. 
Facts and figures:
OVERALL DIMENSIONS
Overall physical dimensions of the outfield scoreboard structure will be approximately 105 feet high by high by 168 feet wide (includes signature Miller Park signage at top).
HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO DISPLAY
- Video screen will be one of only three true 1080 HD resolution screens in Major League Baseball and the largest of the three (Yankees and Twins are the others)
- Resolution will 1080 pixels high by 2184 pixels wide (pixels = individual picture elements)
- 1080 lines of pixels matches the 1080p/1080i high definition standard
- Approximate dimensions of the HD display are 54 feet high by 110 feet wide
- 5,940 sq. feet of active area will make it the third largest in Major League Baseball and one of the largest HD LED displays in the world
- The new video display will have nearly 18 times the resolution (in terms of number of pixels) of the existing display
- Physically, the new video display will be nearly fivetimes larger than the existing video display
- It would take approximately 1,500 37″ diagonal flat panel televisions to fill the area of the new LED video display
- In comparison to consumer televisions, this display would be called out as a 1,470″ (diagonal) screen
- Approximately 24,000 feet (4.6 miles) of wiring will deliver power and data within the large video display
- Video display will weigh approximately 74,000 lbs. (37 tons) not including static signage or structure.
- Daktronics HD-15 technology uses state of the art LED (light emitting diode) technology, providing superior brightness in direct sunlight, with the capability to show up to 4.4 trillion shades of color
- Lines of full-color red, green and blue LED pixels are on 15 mm spacing (.6″) spacing
- Super-wide viewing angles offer improved  visibility for more fans
- Viewing angles exceed 160 degrees horizontal (greater than 80 degrees on each side off center)
- Daktronics has scoring/display equipment working at 26 of 30 MLB venues.
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Braun, Fielder switch spots

Nothing too surprising in the Brewers lineup Wednesday night, aside from one change near the top. 

After switching spots a month ago, sluggers Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder switched back, with Braun batting third ahead of Fielder in the cleanup spot.
Aside from that, veteran Jim Edmonds is in center field against the right-hander Tim Lincecum and Craig Counsell is at shortstop for the second straight night as promised.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Edmonds  CF
Lucroy  C
Counsell  SS
Narveson  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Gallardo placed on DL, All-Star hopes dashed

The Brewers decided to play it safe with their ace right-hander on Tuesday, placing right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the 15-day disabled list with a left rib-cage strain and officially removing him from eligibility for next week’s All-Star Game. 

The injury bug bit Gallardo on Sunday in St. Louis, only hours after the 24-year-old was named to the National League All-Star team for the first time. He was examined Monday afternoon by head team physician William Raasch, who recommended further tests later this week. 
Gallardo said he still plans to travel to Anaheim for All-Star festivities, even if he’s unable to pitch. Major League Baseball will name a replacement in the coming days. 
To replace Gallardo on the 25-man roster, the Brewers activated left-hander Doug Davis from the 15-day DL. Davis, who has been sidelined since he developed inflammation around his heart in mid-May, is scheduled to take Gallardo’s spot in the starting rotation beginning Friday.
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