August 2010

Hawkins undergoes shoulder surgery

Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Friday with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who debrided — or cut frayed tissue away from — Hawkins’ labrum and rotator cuff. Hawkins shoulder will be immobilized for seven days before he begins physical therapy at home in Dallas. 

No word yet on whether the procedure would affect Hawkins’ preparation for 2011. He signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Brewers in December. 
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Dickerson gets start in CF versus Pirates

As the Brewers open a three-game set against the Pirates on Friday, there’s little of note in the lineup. 

The only real question when manager Ken Macha fills out his lineup card these days is who is going to play center field. For the series opener, the answer to that question was left-handed hitting outfielder Chris Dickerson.
With Dickerson starting, it leaves a pair of right-handed hitting outfielders on the bench in Carlos Gomez and Lorenzo Cain. For Dickerson, the start is his third of the homestand and first in center field since August 15 against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Hart  RF
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee  3B
Dickerson  CF
Escobar  SS
Lucroy  C
Narveson  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Gallardo robbed at gunpoint

Brewers spokesperson Tyler Barnes confirmed that right-hander Yovani Gallardo and one of the team’s clubhouse attendants were robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning on Milwaukee’s south side.
The robbery was reported by WTMJ Radio, the Brewers’ flagship station. According to the report, Gallardo and the club employee, Alex Sanchez, handed over money and jewelry to the robber, who struck Sanchez in the head with the butt of his gun. Gallardo was unhurt, Barnes said. 
“We are aware of it, but we do not have any other details other than Yovani and Alex do not care to discuss it further,” said Barnes, the Brewers vice president of communications. 
The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on Friday, hours after Gallardo lost an afternoon game to the Dodgers at Miller Park. 
Gallardo planned to make a statement to the media at Miller Park at 4:20 p.m. CT but made it clear he would not answer questions. 
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Cain still in CF for finale

Standard stuff today as the Brewers try to avoid getting swept by the Dodgers:

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
Jonathan Lucroy  C
Yovani Gallardo  RHP
Cain has been “better than expected” defensively, manager Ken Macha said Wednesday night after Cain showed off his arm strength. He ranged into right-center field for Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly and somehow halted his momentum long enough to fire a throw home that nearly beat Ryan Theriot to the plate. 
“Oh, man, what a throw,” Macha said. “is defense has been better than expected.”
Macha didn’t know Cain had such a strong arm. He had few chances to show it off in Spring Training games. 
“It’s pretty darn accurate, too,” Macha said. “When you’re running like he was running on that sacrifice fly, and then you put the brakes on and make a fairly accurate throw and get a close play … I didn’t even think he had a chance.”

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Parra has little to say about bullpen move

Here’s what Manny Parra had to say about his reassignment to the Brewers bullpen:

“It’s their decision. It doesn’t matter what I think of it, really. I really don’t have much to say about it. I’ll just go do my job.”
He’s obviously not very happy. For manager Ken Macha’s explanation of the decision, and Chris Capuano’s thoughts about returning to the starting rotation, check out my notebook from earlier tonight
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Capuano replaces Parra in rotation

For the third straight season, the Brewers are removing left-hander Manny Parra from the starting rotation.

The team bumped Parra to the bullpen beginning Wednesday night, and fellow lefty Chris Capuano will assume Parra’s spot in the rotation starting Saturday against the Pirates. Capuano, who made a comeback this season from his second Tommy John elbow surgery, had been pitching in relief since a July 19 start — and win — against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
“He deserves a chance to get out there and get a few starts in him,” manager Ken Macha said. “We’ll see how he’s coming along with his track back to being a starting pitcher.
“Manny, he’s had his problems a little later in the game for the most part. That’s just a hurdle he’s going to have to get over if he’s going to be a starting pitcher.”
Asked whether he still viewed Parra’s future as a starting pitcher, Macha said, “We’ll see how he does out of the bullpen.”
Both pitchers face offseason question marks. Capuano is a free agent and has made it clear he’d like to be a starter. Parra is eligible for arbitration for the first time.
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Odorizzi pushed past pitch limit

There might have been some drama in Cedar Rapids, Iowa after Brewers pitching prospect Jake Odorizzi preserved his no-hitter through eight innings on Tuesday night, but back at Miller Park there was no doubt about it. 
Odorizzi was absolutely not going back out for the ninth. 
The 20-year-old right-hander was supposed to be on a limit of 105 pitches, but his 28-pitch eighth inning pushed him well over that mark. Word during the game broadcast was that Odorizzi threw a total of 107 pitches, but the official report from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ medical staff was that he threw 117. 
So Odorizzi made way for right-handed reliever Adrian Rosario, who finished the no-hitter and a 3-0 win. Odorizzi watched the final three outs from the top step of the dugout. 
“I was fired up at the moment,” Odorizzi told the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “Wasn’t too happy about it then they told me how many pitches I had. You just have to let it go. Your career is more important than just one game.” 
Lee Tunnell, the Brewers’ Minor League pitching coordinator, was on hand for the game and consulted with Timber Rattlers manager Jeff Isom before pulling the plug on Odorizzi, a supplemental first-round Draft pick in 2008. 
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said he did not anticipate Odorizzi’s next start being impacted by Tuesday’s longer-than-usual effort. It helps that the Timber Rattlers have been juggling their starting rotation this month, giving Odorizzi seven full days off before each of his past two starts. 
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Hart back in lineup, Gomez back to bench

Corey Hart returns to regular action for the Brewers tonight in Game 2 of their series against the Dodgers after missing three starts because of a tight right hamstring. Hart’s return means that Carlos Gomez, activated on Tuesday, is back on the bench. Manager Ken Macha kept his word by leaving Lorenzo Cain in center field. 

Here’s the full lineup:
Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Lorenzo Cain  CF
Alcides Escobar  SS
George Kottaras  C
Randy Wolf  LHP
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Still no Hart in Brewers lineup

Before Sunday’s game, All-Star right fielder Corey Hart said he could play, but would sit one more game before returning to the Brewers lineup after Monday’s off-day. On Tuesday, Hart remained out of the lineup, resting his right hamstring.

In Hart’s place, manager Ken Macha started speedy Carlos Gomez, who was recently activated from the disabled list. Aside from Gomez in right, the lineup is business as usual for the series opener against the Dodgers.
Here’s the rest of the lineup:
Weeks  2B
Escobar  SS
Braun  LF
Fielder  1B
McGehee 3B
Cain  CF
Gomez RF
Lucroy  C
Bush  P
– Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
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Selig ceremony open to public

On Tuesday, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount will get some company outside Miller Park.
The Brewers are set to honor former club owner and current Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig with a bronze statue on the home plate plaza at Miller Park, near similar monuments to Aaron and Yount. A public ceremony is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, and it will be a star-studded affair.
There will be no charge to attend the unveiling, although fans who intend to remain for the game will need to leave the parking area and return after the lots open to the public at 4 p.m.
Dignitaries scheduled to appear include Aaron and Yount, plus fellow Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Frank Robinson, former Brewers Pete Vuckovich, Ben Oglivie, Ted Simmons, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Sal Bando and Dan Plesac, current Brewer Trevor Hoffman, Dodgers manager Joe Torre, Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker and a representative of nearly every Major League team.
“We are proud to honor Commissioner Selig for all of his efforts on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers and Major League Baseball,” Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio said. “The Brewers and Miller Park are in this city because of the Commissioner’s vision and dedicated efforts. Just as importantly, he has remained a prominent and highly philanthropic member of our community while effectively leading Major League Baseball during his tenure as baseball’s top executive.”
The statues of Aaron and Yount were unveiled on April 5, 2001, the first year of Miller Park’s existence. The first two statues were donated by Selig’s charitable foundation.
The new statue will be cast in bronze and will measure over seven feet in height, not including the base. It is being designed and produced by Brian Maughan, who, along with Douglas Kwart, also created the Yount and Aaron statues.
Selig was born and raised in Milwaukee and headed the group in 1970 that bought the Seattle Pilots out of bankruptcy court and moved the franchise to Milwaukee just before Opening Day. Under his watch, along with then-general manager Harry Dalton, Selig helped build the Brewers into an American League power by the late 1970s, a path that culminated with an AL pennant in 1982.
The Brewers won seven “Organization of the Year” Awards under Selig’s watch, and he is credited with pushing through efforts to build Miller Park during the 1990s.
By the time Miller Park opened its doors in 2001, Selig was the ninth Commissioner of Major League Baseball. He assumed the role of acting Commissioner in 1992 and took over permanent status in 1998, helping to usher in a number of landmark changes in baseball, including the implementation of the Wild Card, the three-division format and Interleague Play. He also championed a new drug-testing program, revenue sharing among the clubs as well as ventures like MLB Advanced Media, the parent company of MLB.com, plus MLB Network and the World Baseball Classic.
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