It’s here: Pitchers and catchers report

photo (36)There’s a scary sight: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel crew and yours truly ready to board a flight for Phoenix, where Brewers pitchers and catchers report today for the start of Spring Training.

We’re no spring chickens, but many of the players already in camp are, and that seems perfectly fitting this year. A team that will sink or swim in 2013 based on the success of its young arms is staggering its report dates in an ongoing effort to find a perfect formula for Spring Training. Pitchers and catchers with zero to three years of Major League service time report Tuesday and will work out Wednesday and Thursday before the rest of the pitchers and catchers, plus all of the position players, officially report on Friday. The Brewers’ first full-squad workout is Saturday.

In practice, the foul lines are already chalked, the bright green grass is cut and Maryvale Baseball Park is buzzing with activity.

Players like Mark Rogers — one of the group of young starters sure to lead the Brewers’ spring storylines — who live year-round in Phoenix have been working out for weeks. Others, like No. 1 starter Yovani Gallardo, reported early to prepare for next month’s World Baseball Classic.

By Saturday, the clubhouse will be crowded. Click through to read about some of the storylines I’ll be tracking this spring. And then click here to read my full Spring Training preview.

Off we go…

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