Rogers reinstated, will go to Nashville
The Brewers have reinstated pitching prospect Mark Rogers from the restricted list, the right-hander having served his 25-game suspension after testing positive last season for a banned stimulant. Rogers attributed the test to a tainted supplement.
He is currently in extended Spring Training and will report to Triple-A Nashville “in the near future,” according to information released by the Brewers.
Rogers, a former first-round Draft pick who made it to the Majors in 2010, is hoping for a bounce-back season. After his suspension was levied last August, he underwent carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists to correct an issue that had been giving him trouble.
“I feel great, now it’s just a matter of building up pitch counts in games,” Rogers said in Spring Training. “This is the best my arm has felt in a really, really long time.”
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was particularly encouraged by Rogers, who consistently hit 94 mph on the radar gun his final Cactus League outing against the Angels.
“He looks like he’s on his way to returning to where he was two years ago,” Roenicke said.
With Rogers’ reinstatement, Milwaukee’s 40-man roster is full.
The team also said that left-handed reliever Juan Perez had been reinstated from the disabled list at Nashville after dealing with a back issue. He will be active tonight in the Sounds’ home opener.
Another left-hander, Dan Merklinger, was placed on the Double-A Huntsville DL with an undisclosed injury.
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