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McGehee, DiFelice, Burns updates

Milwaukee_Brewers_at_0deb.JPGBrewers this baseman Casey McGehee will undergo arthroscopic surgery after the season to remove bone fragments from a right knee that has bothered him all season.

The surgical option has been on the table for months, but McGehee traveled on Monday’s off-day to Vail, Colo. for a visit with Dr. Richard Steadman to finalize a plan. Steadman is a knee expert who specializes in skiers but also has also consulted with a number of baseball players, including then-Brewers infielder Tony Graffanino in 2007.

Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers’ head physician, will perform McGehee’s surgery, presumably soon after Sunday’s season finale.

McGehee has been one of the Brewers’ best stories this season, an October 2007 waiver claim from the Cubs who has emerged as the offensive frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Despite the bum knee, he leads all Major League rookies with 64 RBIs while batting .304 with 15 home runs. He’ll have to contend with pitchers like the Phillies’ J.A. Happ and the Braves’ Tommy Hanson for the league’s rookie honor. 

Two Brewers relievers also spent Monday in the doctor’s office:

– Reliever Mark DiFelice was in Los Angeles for a visit with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who confirmed Raasch’s recommendation to conservatively rehabilitate DiFelice’s strained right shoulder. Progress has been somewhat slow since DiFelice went on the disabled list earlier this month, and he was seeking assurances that nothing more serious was wrong with the shoulder.

– Fellow reliever Mike Burns might not prove so lucky. He underwent an MRI scan in Milwaukee on Monday that revealed damage to the labrum in his right shoulder. Burns was to meet again Wednesday with Raasch to discuss the options.


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McGehee to see specialist; DiFelice, Burns too

118486.jpgBreak-out Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee should get a better idea
Monday whether he’ll need offseason knee surgery, and he’s not the only
banged-up Brewer set to spend the team’s final off-day at the doctor’s

McGehee was to travel Sunday night to Denver ahead
of the rest of the team to see a specialist for answers about his
aching right knee. Reliever Mark DiFelice, meanwhile, departed separately for Los Angeles, where he has a Monday morning appointment
with noted orthopedist Lewis Yocum for another opinion on his injured
right shoulder. Fellow reliever Mike Burns remained in Milwaukee for an MRI of his sore right shoulder. 

McGehee, who is in the middle of a torrid
September and is being pushed by the Brewers as a National League
Rookie of the Year candidate, has been playing on a sore right knee for
at least three months. He has been extremely hesitant to discuss it,
but broke his silence on Sunday morning. 

“We’ve been able to
manage it pretty well,” said McGehee, crediting head athletic trainer
Roger Caplinger and assistant trainer Dan Wright. “We’ve done
everything it takes to make sure I’m available every day. But we’re
getting down to the end and we have to get it re-evaluated to see where
we’re at and know exactly what we need to do going into the

No surgery is scheduled yet, McGehee said. His
ailment has been described as tendonitis, but McGehee was not sure that
was an accurate label.

“I don’t know what the terminology of
it is,” McGehee said, “But I do know that we’re not talking about ACL,
MCL or meniscus tears. There’s no torn tendons or anything like that.
In my mind, it’s just sore. I’m just waiting to see what these guys
say, and we’ll go from there.” 

Entering the Brewers-Phillies
series finale on Sunday, McGehee ranked third in the Majors with 24
RBIs in September, and he was batting .306 with 15 home runs and 64
RBIs. McGehee led all NL rookies in RBIs, ranked second in batting
average, third in home runs, fourth with a .367 on-base percentage and
fifth with 20 doubles. His .508 slugging percentage ranked second among
NL rookies to Pittsburgh’s Garrett Jones.

McGehee, a waiver
claim from the Cubs last October, played his way onto the Brewers’
Opening Day roster by hitting .339 in Spring Training and then saw
increased playing time after second baseman Rickie Weeks was lost to a
wrist injury and third  baseman Bill Hall slumped. At the moment, he’s
the leading candidate to be Milwaukee’s regular third baseman in 2010. 

“I want to make sure that I’m ready to go for Spring Training,” McGehee said.

has been on the DL since Sept. 15 with what he called “wear and tear”
in his right shoulder. He had major shoulder surgery
following the 2001 season and needed 2 1/2 years to feel well again, and is
seeking assurances from Yocum that nothing more serious is wrong this

“You owe it to yourself to get a second opinion, just
to explore every avenue,” said DiFelice, who posted a 3.66 ERA in 59
games before he was hurt. “The rehab is actually going well, but
[Yocum] might see something that we haven’t seen. You never know. He’s
one of the best in the country, so let’s be smart. 

“Right now, the plan is just to rehab. If he feels differently, then we’ll have to think about that.”

Burns’ injury was not known until Sunday, when he told a reporter that he had been feeling sore over the past week. The results of Monday’s MRI scan would determine whether he will join the Brewers on their season-ending road trip.

McGehee to Lopez to Fielder; Triple play!

The Brewers turned a triple play for the first time in more than decade on Sunday, helping starter Braden Looper escape a jam in the top of the sixth inning against the Giants.

Randy Winn and Ryan Garko hit consecutive singles off Looper to start the inning before Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand hit a bouncer to Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee. McGehee stepped on the bag and fired a throw to second baseman Felipe Lopez, who relayed to Prince Fielder at first to end the inning.

It was the fifth triple play in the Brewers’ 40-year history and the first since April 16,1999, when third baseman Jeff Cirillo initiated a similar, 5-4-3 triple play in a home opener at County Stadium against the Cubs. Cirillo-to Fernando Vina-to Sean Berry in the seventh retired Benito Santiago at first.

For San Francisco, it marked the first time a Giants hitter batted into a triple play since J.T. Snow did so on Aug. 5, 1998 against the Mets.

It was the fifth triple play in the Majors this season and the first since Philadelphia’s Eric Bruntlett recorded an unassisted triple-killing to finish an Aug. 23 win over the Mets.

You can see a video of the Brewers’ triple play in’s gameday application. 

As promised, Hardy sits out series finale

With J.J. Hardy getting a break — manager Ken Macha has been forecasting this one for days, so the trade conspiracy theorists can relax — Craig Counsell slides over to shortstop and Wednesday hero Casey McGehee gets the start at third base.

The Brewers need to win behind Yovani Gallardo today to avoid an embarassing series loss, but Gallardo faces a tall task. Milwaukee is 11-22 in day games, with losses in 12 of 13 games and six straight.

The lineups (updated at 12:20 p.m. CT with some Nationals changes):

Nyjer Morgan  CF
Alberto Gonzalez  SS
Nick Johnson 1B
Adam Dunn  LF
Ryan Zimmerman  3B
Willie Harris  RF
Wil Nieves  C
Anderson Hernandez  2B
J.D. Martin  RHP

Felipe Lopez  2B
Craig Counsell SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Corey Hart  RF
Mike Cameron  CF
Casey McGehee  3B
Jason Kendall  C
Yovani Gallardo  RHP

One other note: Today’s home plate umpire is “Cowboy Joe” West, who will be working his 4,000th Major League game.He umpired his first National League game on Sept. 14, 1976 and five years later, at 28, he became the youngest NL ump to work a League Championship Series.

West is a man of many endeavors; he released his second album last year, he designed and sells chest protectors and other equipment for umps and plays on a celebrity golf tour.

Would Gamel be better off at Triple-A?

Casey McGehee has forced himself into the Brewers’ everyday lineup, in turn forcing club officials to reconsider whether third base prospect Mat Gamel might be better served by a return to Triple-A Nashville.

“We’ll talk about hat internally,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. “That’s not something we would discuss publicly, but you’re always having discussions. It’s probably something you look at from a series-by-series standpoint.”

Gamel , promoted from Nashville on May 14 ahead of Interleague Play, was on the bench for the fifth time in six games on Tuesday, mostly because the Brewers were facing left-handed Mets ace Johan Santana in the second of a three-game series. But Gamel, who bats left-handed, has seen his playing time decrease of late against righties because of the emergence of McGehee, who entered play Tuesday with a .370 average, five home runs and 20 RBIs over his last 20 games.

McGehee, not Gamel, started at third base on Monday against Mets right-hander Fernando Nieve. He dropped a pop-up in the top of the sixth inning and contributed to two unearned runs, then belted a grand slam in the bottom of the inning.

“You have to put the lineup out there you think is going to win, and Casey deserves his time,” manager Ken Macha said. “But you also have to have a view of what the organization is going to look like long-term. [Gamel] has gotten a taste here. We’ll see what happens here from now until the All-Star break.”

Macha hinted that the Brewers could make a decision after their four-game series in Chicago ends on Sunday. If they decide to keep Gamel in the Major Leagues, they could explore sending him to the Arizona Fall League or to a Winter League to get at-bats and innings at third base.

McGehee likely to sit out Wednesday

Brewers manager Ken Macha expected to be without the services of his hottest hitter on Wednesday after infielder Casey McGehee made an early exit Tuesday night, apparently with multiple injuries.

The official announcement from the team was “sore right knee.” But Macha indicated after the game that McGehee also had a sore left ankle, the result of a foul ball several days ago.

“It’s his one ankle and the other knee,” Macha said after the Brewers finished a 7-5 win over the Indians. “I doubt if he’ll play [Wednesday].”

McGehee was hitting .538 during a seven-game hitting streak and entered Tuesday on the heels of two consecutive three-hit games. He drove the tying run with a fifth-inning fielder’s choice grounder and then popped out in the top of the seventh with the Brewers clinging to a 4-3 lead.

In the bottom of the inning, Craig Counsell took McGehee’s place at second base. McGehee finished 0-for-4 and wasn’t interested in talking about his status.

“I’m all right,” he said. “I got done hitting and Macha said, ‘We’re going to put Counsell in at second.’ That’s it.'”

Brewers GM: 'No trade discussions going'

Milwaukee GM Doug Melvin still is not looking outside the organization for help at second base, and told reporters this afternoon that he is more than content with veteran Craig Counsell’s play since Rickie Weeks’ season-ending injury.

“I don’t have any trade discussions going with anybody,” Melvin said.

Counsell was back atop the Brewers’ batting order on Friday and could play all three games this weekend against the Reds against a trio of Cincinnati right-handers. Constructing a lineup could become more complicated for manager Ken Macha next week, when the Brewers begin a seven-game road trip to Florida and Atlanta on which they will face at least three lefties.

Macha would like to see right-fielder Corey Hart get hot so he could hit leadoff, but Hart entered Friday’s game batting .176 (12-for-68) over his last 17 games. If Hart stays cold, Macha said he would probably have to start Casey McGehee at second base and batting leadoff against those lefties.

Asked if he would consider Mike Cameron, who batted leadoff under interim manager Dale Sveum last September and in the postseason, Macha said he prefered Cameron in the five-hole.

Counsell considered having surgery for toen cartilige in his right knee near the end of Spring Training but opted against it. It appears he made a very good decision, because Counsell entered Friday’s start batting .350 since since April 25 and .323 (10-for-31) while starting each of the team’s last seven games.

In nine starts as a leadoff hitter, Counsell was batting .275 (11-for-40) entering Friday night with a .293 on-base percentage. He was 0-for-8 with a walk when leading off the game.

“I’m not that worried about it,” Melvin said. “There’s no doubt that we’ll miss Rickie over the course of the summer because of the things he brought to the ballclub. But that’s why we signed Craig Counsell, and I have a lot of confidence in him. He was signed in case somebody got hurt.”

The GM added, “I’m more worried about our right-handed hitters getting on track.”

One more second base option: DeRosa

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin says he wants to stay in-house to fill Rickie Weeks’ absence at second base, but you know he and his assistants are keeping an eye on the trade market.

Here’s another name to throw out there: Mark DeRosa. The Indians would listen to offers, according to’s Jon Heyman and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but before you start ordering Brewers jerseys with DeROSA stitched across the back, read on. Both stories say that the Indians would want pitching that can help them today. They’re not ready to give up on the season, and rightfully so since it’s May 20.

So if those are the criteria and you’re Doug Melvin and you’re interested in DeRosa, what kind of deal could you put together? The Brewers lead Major League Baseball in quality starts and the bullpen has been excellent since Trevor Hoffman took his spot at the back end. Would you be willing to trade away some of that stability for the improvement DeRosa would give you over a Craig Counsell//Hernan Iribarren/Casey McGehee platoon? Would DeRosa, a right-handed hitter and a .262 hitter at Miller Park, be an improvement over that group?

Those are the kind of questions Melvin and his staff has to ask.

Ash on Weeks: 'Obviously, we're concerned'

From the desk of the Director of the Obvious: The Brewers would not have made the quick decision to send second baseman Rickie Weeks to see a specialist 1,400 miles away if he had nothing more serious than a sore left wrist.

But “sore wrist” was the only diagnosis on Sunday, when Weeks was injured on a swinging strike three in the first inning in St. Louis. After the game, he already had a flight booked to Phoenix to see the same doctor — Don Sheridan — who performed surgery on Weeks’ right wrist in 2005 and the base of his left thumb in 2006.

Weeks will visit with Sheridan today. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash, the point man on injury issues, said the team would make an announcement as soon as Weeks gets a more complete diagnosis and an idea of what comes next.

“Do you think we wake up and decide to send somebody across the country if it wasn’t serious?” Ash said. “That’s about as obvious as can be. … Obviously, we’re concerned. Obviously, there might be a problem, and rather than wait around for five or six days to see what happens, let’s see now.”

Club officials made that decision very quickly as, or shortly after, the Brewers batted around and scored four runs in a first inning that began with Weeks’ strikeout. Shortly after Craig Counsell moved from third base to second and Bill Hall entered the game at third, a club spokesperson announced the nature of Weeks’ injury. Head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger consulted with team physician William Raasch and Ash, and decided to send him to Phoenix. The club’s traveling secretary booked Weeks’ flight before the end of the game.

The injury is especially unfortunate since Weeks is having a fine season. He is batting .272 with a .340 on-base percentage and, along with first baseman Prince Fielder, leads the team with nine home runs. Weeks is tied with Corey Hart for the team lead in runs scored, with 28. 

The rest of the Brewers remained in St. Louis on Sunday and will play a make-up of Friday’s rainout on Monday night. That means the team is about a four-hour drive or a short flight from Nashville, home of their Triple-A affiliate.

Ash was asked if any players made the trip to St. Louis just in case it becomes clear Weeks will head to the disabled list.

“No. You can’t do it,” Ash said. “I know clubs do it, but it’s against the rules.”

Options at Nashville would include Hernan Iribarren, a left-handed hitter who played stints with the Brewers last season and is hitting .311 in the Minors this year while playing exclusively at second base. Nashville is also home to slick-fielding shortstop Alcides Escobar, but with third baseman Mat Gamel promoted to the Majors last week, it’s unlikely the Brewers would want both of their top prospects sitting on the big league bench.

With right-hander Kyle Lohse starting for St. Louis on Monday, left-handed hitter Counsell will probably play second base. The Brewers will then travel to Houston to face two left-handers — Mike Hampton and Wandy Rodriguez — in those games, so righty-hitter Casey McGehee is an option. McGehee played a lot of second base in Spring Training and replaced Weeks there on April 21 in Philadelphia after Weeks collided with shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Braun undergoes MRI; Hall playing LF

Ryan Braun and his ailing back didn’t travel with the team to Pittsburgh last night. last night. Instead, he underwent an MRI scan today in Milwaukee that did not reveal any structural damage, according to a Brewers spokesperson.

Braun was traveling to Pittsburgh as we got that news and it appears he won’t be here in time for the game. Bill Hall, surprisingly, will play in Braun’s place, with Casey McGehee filling in at third. That’s a bit of a shocker if you ask me, considering how well Hall has played defensively so far this season and the fact that McGehee can play the outfield.

Hall said he hasn’t played left field since touring Japan with a U.S. all-star team in 2006, and he has never played that position in a Major League game. He manned center field for the Brewers in 2007.

Here’s the lineup that did not get posted in the clubhouse until about 15 minutes ago, with Rickie Weeks batting third for the second straight game:

Corey Hart  RF
J.J. Hardy  SS
Rickie Weeks  2B
Prince Fielder  1B
Mike Cameron  CF
Bill Hall  LF
Casey McGehee  3B
Jason Kendall  C
Yovani Gallardo  RHP

The Brewers say Braun is day-to-day.