Rogers may be headed to DL
The Brewers were formulating a plan Monday to place right-hander Mark Rogers on the 15-day disabled list to begin the season, giving him time to build arm strength and re-discover the velocity that escape him this spring.
As of Monday, no roster move was official.
“Wednesday, we’ll have a better plan for what we’re going to do,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “We know what we want to do, we talked to Mark this morning with Doug [Melvin, the team’s GM] and Gord [Ash, assistant GM] and I …
“Mark agrees. There’s no issues, which is a good thing. There’s not shoulder or elbow issues, it’s just building up arm strength. For some reason, some guys take longer. I don’t know why that is.”
Teams are not allowed to place healthy players on the DL, but the Brewers could cite fatigue or weakness for a move with Rogers.
“Whatever doesn’t allow your arm to perform at an obvious high level — there’s something there,” Roenicke said. “He hasn’t got to the place where he needs to be to make an evaluation on him. … There’s something we need to do to build that arm strength, whether it’s more long toss, whether it’s the trainers being in there with him to build up the shoulder.
“But the nice thing is he threw great for us last year and he hasn’t had any injuries that would get you to question whether this thing is going to comeback. I think he’s going to get his velocity back. I feel very confident about that.”
In other news:
— Carlos Gomez will take one more day to strengthen his stiff back Monday before taking 5-6 at-bats in a Minor League game Tuesday. He said he was feeling much better on Monday morning.
— Infielders Taylor Green and Jeff Bianchi (each sidelined by hip injuries) played catch and did a basic workout on Monday, Roenicke said. There remains no firm target date for either player’s return.
Bianchi may be the more troubling injury. He’s played only one game since March 2 because of groin and hip ailments.
“It’s hard to figure,” Roenicke said, “because he’s not coming along real fast. Wednesday, I would hope we have a lot better answer on this.”
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