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MILWAUKEE — As the Brewers injuries continue to pile up, so too do the frequent flyer miles for outfielder Adam Stern, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.
Stern received a phone call from Nashville manager Don Money, who gave him the news Thursday morning. With that, Stern headed to the ballpark to pack up his things and caught a flight from Sacramento to Milwaukee by way of Minneapolis.
It was the third time in less than three weeks that Stern has been called up from the Minors. As a result, he’s only spent two days at home in Nashville this month: May 1-2.
“I haven’t started my car in about three weeks,” Stern said. “So who knows if that’ll start.”
Stern’s journey began with an eight-day Minor League road trip, which included stops in Round Rock and Albuquerque. The series in Albuquerque wrapped up on May 10, and the next day Stern was recalled in place of center fielder Carlos Gomez.
He joined the Brewers in Milwaukee for a few days, but with the bullpen needing another arm, Stern was optioned May 15 in favor of right-handed reliever John Axford. Stern never left, however, and was recalled the next day as lefty Doug Davis went on the disabled list.
Stern made the trip with the club to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis, but was optioned before the first game against the Twins.
With that, Stern flew to Sacramento, meeting the Sounds there and playing the team’s first three games against the River Cats. But with outfielder Jody Gerut going on the disabled list on Thursday, Stern was on the move again.
All told, Stern has traveled more than 8,000 miles in the month of May.
“Flying doesn’t bother me,” Stern said. “I’m getting to check out the country I guess. Plus, I’m racking some good frequent flyer miles.”
Stern did admit, though, that some flights are more enjoyable than others.
“The flights are a lot better coming here than they are going away from here,” he said. “It’s a lot better when you’re coming up to the big leagues. On the way out it’s a little bit worse.”
While he’s happy to be back, Stern knows he shouldn’t settle in or get too comfortable in Milwaukee.
With center fielder Jim Edmonds set to return on Monday from the DL, Stern is the most likely candidate to be sent down to the Minors.
“They’ll keep me posted when they need to make another move,” Stern said. “That’s fine. You just do whatever they ask you to do and go with the flow.”
— Jordan Schelling, Associate Reporter
The Brewers are still in their sixth week of playing regular season baseball, and they already need reinforcements for an overworked bullpen.
The Brewers placed center fielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list Monday night and will purchase outfielder Adam Stern’s contract from Triple-A Nashville before Tuesday’s game against the Braves. Gomez’s DL assignment was backdated to May 6, when he strained his left rotator cuff diving back to second base in a game against the Dodgers.
There are strong indications today that Tony Gwynn Jr. has either been placed on waivers or that a trade is in the works. Manager Ken Macha directed questions to general manager Doug Melvin, who wouldn’t or couldn’t elaborate.
“I can’t [say] either,” Melvin said.
When might he be able to provide the answer?
“Tomorrow,” Melvin said.
That response, coupled with the fact that Gwynn did not play in Wednesday’s game and was probably not going to appear on Thursday was a good hint that Gwynn, who is out of Minor League options, is on waivers. If he clears, the Brewers would assign Gwynn to Triple-A Nashville.
Gwynn was to travel with the Brewers on Thursday evening to Los Angeles. The Brewers won’t set their roster until it’s due on Sunday, so a handful of players will board the team charter with some degree of uncertainty about their status. The roster would be essentially set if Gwynn does not make the cut, but there’s always a chance of a last-minute trade, waiver claim or an injury.
For the second straight season, an injury came at a bad time for Gwynn. He was supposed to serve as the starting center fielder last April before a hamstring strain sidelined him. He reported to camp this spring with the fourth outfielder’s job all but locked up, but missed the first half of Spring Training with a sore throwing shoulder. In 25 at-bats after he recovered, Gwynn batted .160.
“We know Tony and we’ve seen what he can do,” Melvin said. “It’s probably been a little harder for Ken and his new staff to evaluate him, because they haven’t seen him. But we’ve told them what he can do and what he can’t do. He’s still a good player and everything. He fits what Duffy does, a little bit.”
if Gwynn clears waivers, he would join a very crowded outfield situation in Nashville. Brendan Katin and Cole Gillespie are expected to see time at the corners, though Gillespie is dealing with an elbow strain at the moment. Minor League veterans Jason Bourgeois, Adam Stern and Jason Tyner are also under contract — Tyner just signed this week, and had three hits in the Triple-A game on Wednesday.
Stern might be assigned to Double-A Huntsville, Melvin said, and so could Lorenzo Cain, though Cain may remain in extended Spring Training because of a “tweaked” hamstring.