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According to STATS…

While the Brewers coaching staff flies in formation around the Dodger Stadium warning track (bench coach Willie Randolph is walking clockwise and manager Ken Macha and pitching coach Bill Castro are running/walking in the opposite direction) I thought I’d pass along some tidbits from STATS, Inc. The good folks there send statistical facts and figures throughout the season, and today they included a couple of Brewers items of note.

For those fans who crushed Ned Yost for constantly juggling the lineup, here’s an interesting one: According to STATS, only seven big league teams used the same lineup as many as 10 times in 2008 and Ned Yost and Dale Sveum used three different batting orders 10 or more times. Phillies manager Charlie Manuel was the only other skipper to use more than one lineup at least 10 times (twice), and he called on his favorite in a Major League-high 19 games.

On the other hand, eight teams never used the same batting order more than five times in 2008. They were the Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Indians, Tigers, City Royals,  Athletics, Cardinals and Blue Jays. The Royals never used the same lineup more than three times all season; the others all used their most common lineups five times.

One other Brewers item: Last season, Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun collected 39 doubles, seven triples and 37 home runs to lead the Major Leagues with 83 extra-base hits. The American League leader was the Orioles’ Aubrey Huff with 82, including 48 doubles and 32 homers. The only other big leaguers with as many as 80 extra-base hits last season were Cardinals: Albert Pujols (81) and Ryan Ludwick (80).

Riske to pitch; Gagne mulling surgery

Rapid-fire injury updates:

– Noted orthopedist Lewis Yocum examined reliever Eric Gagne on Saturday morning and concurred with Brewers head physician William Raasch: Gagne has labrum and rotator cuff damage, but should take a cortisone shot and attempt a course of rehab before succumbing to surgery. The decision is now up to Gagne.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was conferring with Gagne’s agent, Scott Boras, on Saturday afternoon about what comes next. It’s unclear whether Gagne, who is in camp on a Minor League contract and now probably won’t make the team, will remain at Maryvale Basebale Park or depart.

– Fellow reliever David Riske will pitch an inning in a Minor League game on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park, his first game action since right elbow surgery last September. Mangaer Ken Macha said the team preferred a controlled environment for Riske’s first outing; if he reaches his pitch count (20), they can simply call off the rest of the inning.

– Righty Braden Looper played long toss on Saturday morning and said he continues to feel improvement from a strained muscle at the back of his ribcage. He hopes to throw off a mound soon, but there is no set schedule to do so.

And on a completely different pre-game topic:

– The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt made the interesting observation during batting practice that all four of Milwaukee’s managerial candidates were standing within 10 feet of each other on Saturday. In addition to Ken Macha, who got the job, and Willie Randolph and Dale Sveum, who took jobs as Brewers coaches, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly was standing behind the cage watching BP.