The Brewers optioned right-hander Mark Rogers to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday morning and returned outfielder Caleb Gindl to the Minor League complex, leaving 45 players in Major League camp.
Rogers made his spring debut on Monday against the Giants and was expecting to vie for the spot vacated by Zack Greinke’s rib-cage injury. He still could fill that role, just not the first time it comes up on April 6.
“We didn’t feel he could be ready in time,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He needs to be ready the next time.”
That next time would be April 16.
For that first start, Roenicke again mentioned another pitching prospect, Wily Peralta, or nonroster pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz or Marco Estrada.
Gindl will miss the next 3-5 days with a strained upper right calf, an injury he suffered Sunday against the Royals.
Caleb Gindl was home from having an MRI on his injured right knee when his Spring Training roommate called. It was 3:30 p.m. local time, and considering Logan Schafer was supposed to be playing in the Brewers-Giants game, Gindl knew it was bad news.
Schafer fractured his right thumb sliding into second base in that game, and for the second straight year his Spring Training has ended early. Last year, he suffered a groin injury the day before he was to report to his first big league camp and never made it.
Hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan was to examine Schafer later Tuesday morning to determine how much time the player would miss.
I was having so much fun out here playing with these guys,” Schafer said. “But I’m not feeling sorry for myself. This is obviously something I’ve been through before.”
The news was better for Gindl, who was hurt crashing into a chain-link fence at Maryvale Baseball Park on Sunday. He’ll miss 3-5 days but his right knee appears OK. I’ll chase down some details about his diagnosis and pass it along later today.
It appears that there is good news on Minor League left fielder Caleb Gindl, who sprained his right knee in a scary moment along the foul line Sunday.
Gindl was chasing what should have been Alcides Escobar’s second-inning double when he turned an ankle and tried to grab the top of the chain-link fence that separates the playing field from the visitor’s bullpen. Gindl happened to grab an unlocked gate and went right through it, twisting his knee. Gindl stayed down while Escobar circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run. Center fielder Carlos Gomez rushed over and signaled to the Brewers’ dugout for help.
Gindl was able to stand, and walked into the Royals bullpen to be examined. The Brewers said he would be evaluated Monday.
“Nothing too serious,” Gindl said after the Brewers’ wrapped-up a 7-5 win. “I feel a lot better now than I did down there, because down there the pain was pretty severe. I was really worried. Once I came inside and we got some ice on it, it was much better.”
Sunday brought another round of injury worries at Maryvale Baseball Park. The latest to exit early were shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt, who complained of right quadriceps tightness after playing only one inning, and Minor League left fielder Caleb Gindl, who sprained his right knee in a scary moment along the foul line.
Gindl was chasing Alcides Escobar’s double when he slid hard into the chain-link fence that separates the playing field from the visitor’s bullpen. He stayed down while Escobar circled the bases for an inside the park home run, and center fielder Carlos Gomez rushed over and signaled the Brewers’ dugout to send help.
Gindl was able to stand, and walked into the Royals bullpen to be examined. Jeremy Reed took over in left field.
Escobar was the second batter of the second inning, and by that time Edwin Maysonet had already replaced Betancourt at shortstop. Betancourt, the Brewers’ projected Opening Day Starter, singled in the bottom of the first, but Casey McGehee was thrown out at home plate to end the inning.
The Brewers announced four more non-roster invitees to Major League Spring Training camp today:
OF Caleb Gindl
C Anderson Delarosa
OF Logan Schafer
INF Zelous Wheeler
The club now has 11 non-roster playrs invited to camp. The following seven players had previously received non-roster invitations as part of their minor-league contracts:
RHP Mark DiFelice
RHP Tim Dillard
RHP Robert Hinton
INF Edwin Maysonet
C Shawn Riggans
C Mike Rivera
RHP Zack Segovia
Brewers prospects Caleb Gindl (left) and Jeremy Jeffress have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Rising Stars Game on Saturday in Surprise, Ariz.
For the second straight year, the game will be streamed on MLB.com and shown on MLB Network. Anyone watching will see at least one Major League prospect and many former first-round picks — from all 30 big league organizations. The teams will be split into the two AFL divisions — East and West.
The showcase has been a springboard to the Major Leagues. Of the 50 players on the 2009 Rising Stars rosters, more than half — 28 to be precise — played in the big leagues this past season. The National League Rookie of the Year vote should be dotted with Rising Stars ’09 alumni. Buster Posey, Starlin Castro, Jose Tabata, Ike Davis and Mike Leake all were Rising Stars last year.
Jeffress, a right-handed pitcher, already made his Major League debut. He put up a 2.70 ERA in 10 late-season relief appearances for the Brewers and continued to find success pitching for the Surprise Rafters in the AFL. Through his first six appearances, he had allowed four earned runs for a 1.23 ERA, but did walk seven batters in his first 7 1/3 innings.
Gindl, an outfielder, batted .325 in his first 10 AFL games with two home runs. He spent the 2010 regular season at Double-A Huntsville and batted .272 with 33 doubles, nine homers, 60 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
The Rafters are 11-6 and leading the AFL’s West Division after a win on Monday behind Brewers pitching prospect Michael Fiers. He’s working on a cut fastball this fall, and you can read about his outing here
Outfielder Logan Schafer and right-hander Amaury Rivas were all smiles
on Saturday when they visited Miller Park to be honored as Milwaukee’s
Minor League player and pitcher of the year. The duo enjoyed a much
happier end to the season than one of their Class A Brevard County
Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said Saturday
that Caleb Gindl, an outstanding outfield prospect who missed the
Florida State League playoffs because of a broken right hand, was not injured
during his first at-bat of the regular-season finale but just after it.
Gindl grounded into a double play and then punched a door leading to
the clubhouse, suffering a non-displaced fracture.
The good news was that he led with his
non-throwing hand. The very bad news was that Gindl was placed on the
disabled list and missed the Manatees’ first-round playoff series
“He said he didn’t hit it hard, but it was
enough,” Nichols said. “He was really embarrassed about it. That team
was such a cohesive unit and they supported each other so much that he
felt really bad about it.”
Gindl was upset, Nichols said,
because he needed at least two hits in the game to bat .280 for the season, a
personal goal. The outburst, Nichols said, was out of character.
not a hot-head,” Nichols said. “I told him that we don’t want him to
change the fact that he’s setting goals; we want him to have high
ideals. What’s important is how you deal with failing when you don’t
meet those goals. He knows it.”
Even though he finished below
.280 — the double-play left him with a .277 average — Gindl had a
great season. He hit 17 home runs in an extremely pitcher-friendly
park, second in the league, tied for second in the league with an .822
OPS and tied for fifth with 71 RBIs. He also stole 18 bases.
Brewers picked Gindl in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft. He was rated
the Brewers’ 11th-best prospect in the most recent installment of the
excellent Brewerfan.net’s Power 50.