Here we go again…
John Axford, Yovani Gallardo and the rest of the Brewers’ pitchers and catchers — plus a slew of position players who reported early — have taken the fields at Maryvale Baseball Park as I type, marking the official start of Spring Training.
So it’s back to work for players and beat writers alike, and later today at Brewers.com you’ll find stories about the Brewers’ bullpen, Mark Rogers’ explanation for his 25-game suspension and hopefully some words of wisdom from Zack Greinke, who is slated to speak after throwing a bullpen session.
The big story remains Ryan Braun, who has yet to report to camp. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun remains upbeat amid his long appeal of a drug suspension and is planning to be in camp for the team’s first full-squad workout on Saturday.
“He’s been doing good all winter though this, and he’s excited to get going in Spring Training,” said Roenicke, who spoke with Braun several weeks ago and exchanged text messages in recent days. “Hopefully, the outcome will be the way we all want it.
“I know everybody thinks it’s really hard, but it’s not something that I dwell on. I know what happens during the course of a season when you lose players, key players, and it’s part of baseball. You just deal with it.”
So on that note, welcome back to another baseball season. Here’s some new artwork that was installed outside the clubhouse here in Phoenix:
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