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Corporan will try to avoid "one-hit wonder" status

UPDATED on 5/17 — Thanks to reader David Schultz for remembering Chris Mabeus, a right-hander who pitched one game in 2006. I updated Mario’s note below. Still, Corporan is the only position player for now. He’d obviously like to change that.

As expected, the Brewers activated catcher Mike Rivera from the 15-day disabled list and optioned Carlos Corporan back to Nashville. Corporan will have to work his way back to Milwaukee to avoid joining a group of “one-hit wonders.”

Mario Ziino, the Brewers’ unofficial historian sent along the following note this morning:

Carlos Corporan, for the time being, is a true one game wonder and the first position player among three to appear in just one Major League game solely as a member of the Brewers. 

Corporan was called up by the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville on April 30 to replace catcher Mike Rivera, who went on the disabled list.  Corporan made his Major League debut on May 6 at Cincinnati and collected a single in his only at bat.  He was optioned to Nashville on May 14 when Rivera was activated.

He joins — for now — pitchers Mike Thomas (1995), Chris Mabeus (2006) and Chris Saenz (2004), who made only one big league appearance in their careers.

Thomas pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in an 8-2 loss to the White Sox in Chicago on July 12, 1995. He was sent to the Minor Leagues after the game and released after the season. Thomas couldn’t hook up with another team and retired.

Mabeus appeared out of the bullpen on May 29, 2006 at Pittsburgh and couldn’t find the plate. He walked three batters, threw three wild pitches and was charged with four hits, including a homer, and four runs in 1 2/3 innings of a 13-4 Brewers loss. He later retired. 

For Saenz, it was a memorable appearance. Summoned to the Brewers to fill a void in the starting rotation, Saenz took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 24, 2004 and earned a 3-1 victory by striking out seven batters in six innings at Miller Park.  He allowed just a pair of hits and three walks.  Following the game, Seanz, who jumped from Double-A Huntsville to make his big league debut, was sent back to the Minors. Two months later, he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, cutting short his career.

Current Brewers outfielder Corey Hart almost became the first position player on the list.  Hart made his big league debut on May 25, 2004, pinch-hitting against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Miller Park.  He struck out, and didn’t get another chance for more than a year.  Hart took his name off the list on Aug. 14, 2005 when he was summoned from Nashville for a second chance. This time he took full advantage of the opportunity, blasting a three-run home run to lead the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Reds at Miller Park.

Rivera on the DL, Corporan on the way up

The Brewers decided to place backup catcher Mike Rivera on the 15-day disabled list after Wednesday’s win over the Pirates. A visit with head team physician William Raasch revealed that Rivera’s left ankle injury was “more serious than that thought,” according to the player.

Rivera characterized his injury as a high ankle sprain. The Brewers were still referring to it as a simple, Grade 1 sprain, when they announced the roster move. The corresponding move would be announced later Wednesday or at some point on Thursday, according to a club spokesperson.

(That move came just after 6 p.m. CT. The Brewers will promote Carlos Corporan from Nashville and add him to the 40-man roster.)

The only other catcher on the 40-man roster is Angel Salome, who is hitting just .182 at Triple-A Nashville and missed much of Spring Training with a back injury. Triple-A backup Corporan is much more familiar with the Brewers’ staff because he stayed with the big league club all the way through its exhibition games in Los Angeles just before the start of the regular season. 

Brewers set pitching staff with latest cuts

The Brewers made another flurry of camp cuts on Monday that essentially set the team’s 12-man pitching staff for Opening Day and further clarified the three bench spots still up for grabs.

Milwaukee optioned infielder/outfielder Hernan Iribarren Triple-A Nashville, returned super-utility man Vinny Rottino to Minor League camp and informed nonroster pitchers Lindsay Gulin and Wes Littleton and catcher Carlos Corporan that they will not make the Opening Day roster. Gulin, Littleton and Corporan will travel with the team to Los Angeles for a pair of weekend exhibitions with the Dodgers and will also take part in team workouts in San Francisco next week before reporting to Triple-A Nashville to start the season.

The moves had a number of implications:

– The subtraction of Gulin and Littleton, combined with the news Monday that closer Trevor Hoffman had been placed on the disabled list with a ribcage injury, left the Brewers with 12 pitchers in camp. That meant roster spots for both Mark DiFelice and Jorge Julio, right-handed relievers who were competing for the final bullpen job.

With no additions from outside the organization over the next week, the staff will consist of starters Jeff Suppan, Yovani Gallardo, Manny Parra, Braden Looper and Dave Bush (in that order to start the year) plus relievers Todd Coffey, DiFelice, Julio, Seth McClung, David Riske, Mitch Stetter and Carlos Villanueva.

– Three bench roles are still up for grabs. The Brewers will chose two outfielders from Chris Duffy, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Brad Nelson and one infielder from Mike Lamb and Casey McGehee. The Lamb/McGehee battle has been a good one, but both will make the cut if Craig Counsell, who was back in the lineup Monday after playing the previous two days in Minor League camp, has a setback and needs surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. 

– Gulin will join a starting rotation at Nashville also expected to include Chase Wright, Nick Green, Sam Narron and Tim Dillard. Left-hander Chris Narveson will be assigned to the bullpen, and the organization will make decisions on two other Triple-A pitchers — Richie Gardner and Matt Ginter — on Tuesday. Both of those pitchers have bullpen experience, Ash said.

Gameday: March 30 vs. M's (Braun, Counsell back in)

Left Fielder Ryan Braun (ribs) and infielder Craig Counsell (right knee) return to the “A” game lineup today, when the Brewers host the Mariners at Maryvale Baseball Park.

“I’m back,” Braun declared after meeting with manager Ken Macha

Macha set his lineup just before the clubhouse was closed to reporters, and here it is:

Rickie Weeks  2B
Corey Hart  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Mike Cameron  CF
Bill Hall  3B
Craig Counsell  SS
Mike Rivera  C
Manny Parra  LHP

Relievers Carlos Villanueva and Mitch Stetter are scheduled to follow Parra, so Stetter apparently will not head to Minor League camp to face a series of left-handed hitters, after all.

In news this morning, general manager Doug Melvin infomed pitchers Lindsay Gulin and Wes Littleton and catcher Carlos Corporan this morning that they will not make the Opening Day roster. All three players will travel with the Brewers to Los Angeles for a pair of exhibitions against the Dodgers, and will also participate in team workouts in San Francisco on April 5 and 6 before reporting to Triple-A Nashville.

Brewers pass on Palmisano

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.