Tragedy in the Brewers’ family

The toughest defeat amid the toughest stretch of the Brewers’ season was the very least of manager Ron Roenicke’s worries late Friday.

Twenty minutes after the final out of a 7-6 loss to the Cardinals, his voice cracking, Roenicke briefly addressed reporters.

“There’s been a death in one of the families of one of our players so I don’t want to answer questions,” he said. “For respect of him right now, we’re not going to let anybody in the clubhouse. Sorry, but these things are tough and I just don’t want to leave any players open to anything.

“I don’t want to say who it is or anything, but we’ll get this figured out tomorrow and we can talk then.”

“Tomorrow” would come quickly, as the Brewers were to regroup at Miller Park on Saturday morning ahead of a 3 p.m. CT game against the Cardinals. Jimmy Nelson is scheduled to pitch for Milwaukee, making his second start of the season and the third start of his Major League career, opposite Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright.

After Roenicke returned to the clubhouse, the Brewers did not issue any further statements.


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