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As recently as one year ago, it would have been very difficult to imagine the Brewers declining an opportunity to add a catcher to the system. But that’s exactly what they did on Saturday.
The Astros offered back Rule 5 pick Lou Palmisano, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said, but Milwaukee declined the offer and Houston was allowed to stash Palmisano in the Minor Leagues. The Brewers received $50,000 when Palmisano was selected in December — Baltimore made the pick, then traded the player to Houston — and would have had to pay back $25,000 to accept him back.
Instead, the Brewers were content to keep their $25,000 and will rely on other catchers in the system. Angel Salome and Vinny Rottino (or perhaps Carlos Corporan, Melvin said) are likely to catch at Triple-A Nashville, and the impressive Jonathan Lucroy is ticketed for Double-A Huntsville.
While Braden Looper works a Triple-A game, the A-team Brewers travel to Tempe to take on the Angels. As expected, Tony Gwynn Jr. will get his first start in the outfield today:
Jason Kendall C
Tony Gwynn Jr. CF
Corey Hart RF
Prince Fielder 1B
Bill Hall 3B
Brad Nelson LF
Casey McGehee 2B
Mike Lamb DH
Alcides Escobar SS
Right-hander Dave Bush will start for Milwaukee, and there was a bit of news about Bush today from manager Ken Macha, who is planning to pair Bush with Kendall’s back-up, Mike Rivera, to start the season. It’s a move to rest Kendall a bit more often this season, and is based on the small sample of success for Bush while Rivera is behind the plate.
David Riske, Jorge Julio and Wes Littleton are scheduled to work an inning apiece behind Bush, who is slated for six innings or 90 pitches.
In other morning notes:
- Trevor Hoffman (oblique) played catch the past two days and has today off. He will be evaluated again on Sunday.
- Catcher Angel Salome was cleared to take some “dry swings” on Saturday but he’s still out with a stiff back.
- Outfielder Chris Duffy returned to camp after missing part of Thursday and all of Friday with a stomach ailment. He took batting practice and should be available to play again on Sunday.
- Carlos Villanueva was originally penciled in to start Sunday against the Giants but instead Mark DiFelice will start and Villanueva will work in relief. The Brewers are trying to stretch Villanueva out a bit to sharpen him up.
Manager Ken Macha came armed with more medical updates on Monday:
- Braden Looper is scheduled to throw off the mound on Wednesday for the first time since he strained a muscle on his ribcage. The Brewers are not projecting beyond that, and there remains some question about Looper’s availability for the start of the season.
- Backup catcher Mike Rivera has been cleared to take batting practice. He strained his right hamstring during baserunning drills last week.
- Another catcher, Angel Salome, traveled with the team to Scottsdale on Monday and served as the bullpen catcher. If he passes that test, he should be cleared for batting practice on Tuesday.
- Mat Gamel threw for the third day in a row from 90 feet, a good sign that his strained right shoulder is feeling much better. The next step for Gamel is to be cleared to take infield.
- Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. is pain-free but the medical staff is “still trying to figure out” the next step, Macha said. Gwynn also has a shoulder injury and had a cortisone shot last week.
Brewers skipper Ken Macha came armed with a note for his Thursday morning meeting with reporters because there were so many injuries to update. Among them:
- The team’s medical staff is encouraged by Braden Looper’s recovery from a tight oblique muscle, and he might be kept off the mound for seven days instead of 10-14. Macha also noted that Looper has been able to participate in plyometric throwing exercises since he tweaked the muscle, meaning he will not have to start from scratch when he gets back on the mound. Perhaps he’ll be in the rotation on Opening Day, after all.
“It’s going to be small steps every day and there won’t be any giants jumps forward,” Macha said.
- Reliever Eric Gagne was sent out for an MRI exam Thursday on his sore right shoulder. Gagne’s Minor League contract includes a March 26 out date on which he can elect free agency if he’s not placed on the roster, and Macha conceded that it will be tough to evaluate Gagne in that tight timeframe.
When a reporter commented that his injury will make it difficult for Gagne to make the team, Macha responded, “That’s an excellent observation. … Talking to Eric, he wants to play. How they figure this all out, they will start to develop a path once they read the MRI and see what’s going on.”
- Outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr., who had an MRI scan on Monday, received a cortisone shot Thursday morning for his right shoulder injury and will be shut down for three days. It’s another setback for Gwynn, who is way behind in the race for reserve outfield spots, but at least it comes at a good time. Gwynn will travel home to San Diego, where his wife, Alyse, will give birth to the couple’s second child.
“He got a shot, and hopefully that will clear [the shoulder inflammation] up,” Macha said. “If it doesn’t, then how they read that MRI was going to determine how they go on after that.”
- Catcher Angel Salome, who has served as a designated hitter in Cactus League games but has yet to play defense, is sidelined by tightness in the middle of his back. Salome departed Maryvale Baseball Park early Thursday after seeing Raasch, presumably for an x-ray and additional off-site tests.
- Third baseman Mat Gamel is making steady progress in his return from a sore right shoulder. He played catch with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger on Thursday and remains about seven days away from full activity. Gamel served as the designated hitter in Thursday’s exhibition against the Australian national team.
- Reliever David Riske threw 40 pitches of live batting practice on Thursday, and it could be his final hurdle before appearing in a game. Riske and Gagne are the only pitchers in big league camp yet to pitch in a game.
- Outfielder Ryan Braun is the Brewers’ resident fashion mogul. A story about his new clothing line, Remetee, will be on Brewers.com later today.
- The Brewers were unable to find a willing opponent for a “B” game on March 4 so manager Ken Macha instead scheduled an intrasquad game to keep his pitchers on track. For now, that’s left-hander Manny Parra’s day to pitch, and he will face a lineup of Minor Leaguers assembled by farm director Reid Nichols.
The Brewers do have a “B” game scheduled for March 10 in Surprise, Ariz. against the Rangers. They will play another intrasquad game on Tuesday in advance of the Feb. 25 Cactus League opener.
- Assistant general manager Gord Ash had his sit-down with Mat Gamel, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Macha was also there as the Brewers laid out their expectations for Gamel, who once again has a surprise injury. The good news is that his right shoulder impingement is not considered serious, and while Gamel is limited from throwing he was able to take part in batting practice on Thursday.
- Brewers pitchers faced hitters for the first time on Thursday. R.J. Swindle’s slow, looping curveball elicited some awkward swings, and some of the club’s baseball officials gathered to watch Trevor Hoffman face a group that included Brad Nelson.
- A downright skinny Ray King dropped by Maryvale Baseball Park and said he’s looking for a job. King, a left-handed reliever who pitched for the Brewers from 2000-2002 and again at the end of 2007, appeared in only 12 games last season for Washington but posted a 2.25 ERA in 32 games for the Astros’ Triple-A club and then pitched well in the Dominican Republic over the winter. He said he has been throwing at his nearby home in Litchfield park, Ariz. and is open to even a Triple-A job. The offseason market has not been kind to the 35-year-old.
“Crickets,” King said. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
- Brewers Minor Leaguer Alex Periard was thrilled when the Brewers signed Eric Gagne and assigned him a spot in the clubhouse four lockers away. Periard and Gagne are both natives of Quebec, and Periard has never had a Franch-speaking teammate. Gagne has; he teamed with catcher Russell Martin in Los Angeles.
- Jeff Suppan took the “gold medal” in a bunting competition earlier this week between Brewers pitchers. Lindsay Gulin won the silver medal and Mark Rogers took home the bronze.
- Macha plans to control opponents’ running game from the bench this season. Last year, then-bench coach Ted Simmons allowed catchers Jason Kendall and Mike Rivera to do it themselves, meaning the players didn’t have to look into the dugout for signs calling for pickoffs and the like. Macha thinks coaches have a better perspective of what opponents are trying to do from the bench.
- Third base coach Brad Fisher started a new camp tradition on Thursday. Every morning before the Brewers stretch, one of the team’s Minor Leaguers will be subjected to a question and answer session. Judging by the laughter coming from the group that surrounded catching prospect Angel Salome, there were some good questions.
- The MLB Network is making the rounds in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues and will feature the Brewers on Sunday, March 15 at 7 p.m. CT. Former FSN Wisconsin sideline reporter Trenni Kusnierek will file the report.