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Schafer needs surgery

Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer will undergo surgery on Thursday for his fractured right thumb and will miss 4-6 weeks, the club just announced. The decision was made after Schafer visited with Dr. Don Sheridan, the same hand specialist who performed multiple surgeries on Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks and earlier this spring repaired catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s fractured right pinkie finger. 

For more on Schafer, see my blog from earlier this morning and check out Brewers.com later today. 
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Schafer has fractured thumb

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.
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Successful BP session for Greinke

A group of Brewers Minor Leaguers that included outfield prospects Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl took the first swings of the year against Zack Greinke when the right-hander threw live batting practice on Thursday. 
The session was a success, pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. 
“He’s got all of his stuff and it’s all working, I can tell you that,” said Schafer. “His change-up looked good, his breaking stuff looked good, he was locating his fastball. He had it all working and it looked real good. Any time you can get in the box against one of the best pitchers in baseball, that’s always good.” 
Greinke was originally slated to throw a day earlier, but the session was pushed back because of some bruised ribs that manager Ron Roenicke said Greinke suffered “off the field.” Roenicke declined to expound. 
“Honestly,” Roenicke said, “Unless something [new] comes up, it’s really not a big deal.” 
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Schafer makes it to big league camp

A year later, Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer finally made it to big league Spring Training camp.
Schafer, 24, was supposed to have a spot last spring, but he tore his left groin during a Minor League minicamp the day before he was to report to the Major League complex. That bit of bad luck multiplied; he was diagnosed with a sports hernia in May, then fouled a baseball off his right foot in early June and broke a bone. 
“It feels great to finally come in here and have a locker and a name and number on my jersey,” said Schafer, who will wear No. 70 this spring. “It’s a relief to get here.”
Barring an emergency, he’ll begin the season in the Minors. The Brewers are hoping he avoids the type of ailments that began to strike last Feb. 25, when Schafer tore his groin breaking from first base in a drill.
“It was a rough year, you know?” he said. “But I feel like whatever is going to happen, is going to happen. Now I’m in the position that I’m healthy and I’m going to do everything I can to learn from the other guys in here.”
The silver lining of Schafer’s dismal 2010 is that he was able to finish the year on an active roster in the Arizona Fall League. After he broke his foot, he underwent a hernia surgery that was originally scheduled for the postseason, and he was back to full strength when AFL play began. 
Schafer got another boost in December, when the Brewers traded center fielder Lorenzo Cain to the Royals as part of the Zach Greinke deal. Cain was ahead of Schafer on the organizational depth chart and impressed during the second half of last season in the Majors. 
With Cain in Kansas City, Schafer’s path to Milwaukee is clearer.
“Absolutely,” he said. “But I say good for [Cain]. ‘Lo’ and I were good friends, and even though you can say we were competing, I never looked at it like that.
“It’s not like this is going to change things. I saw the trade as a good thing for me, and the organization has a lot of trust in me. It’s reassuring. It should be a good year.”
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Gindl, Schafer among non-roster invitees

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
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Schafer to undergo hernia surgery

Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer’s tough-luck season keeps getting worse. 
Not only does Schafer have a fractured right foot that would have sidelined him for 6-8 weeks, he will go to Phoenix next week for a surgical fix of the groin problem that has dogged him since Spring Training. Schafer is expected to undergo inguinal hernia surgery on Monday after consulting with the doctor who saw him in Spring Training, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. 
That combination of injuries means Schafer, the Brewers’ reigning Minor League player of the year, is finished for 2010. 
“I don’t think you can pretend that it’s good. A lost year is a lost year,” Ash said. “The best thing we can do is hopefully make up for it this winter.” 
The Brewers hope Schafer will heal in time to play in the Arizona Fall League, and then perhaps compile more at-bats in a winter league. 
Last season, Schafer won the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average for Class-A Brevard County, but he never got going in 2010. Schafer was supposed to participate in big league Spring Training camp, but he suffered what was described as a groin injury in a minicamp only days before he was to report to the Major League clubhouse. The ailment lingered deep into the season, and Schafer playing only his seventh game for Brevard County on Monday when he exited with the foot injury. 
Ash said Schafer actually hurt his foot at extended Spring Training camp around June 8, on a foul ball. 
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Report says Schafer out for season

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Huntsville Times that Class A Brevard County outfielder Logan Schafer, the team’s reining Minor League player of the year, is finished for the season after suffering a fractured bone in his foot this week.
Melvin was in Huntsville to visit some prospects and mentioned Schafer in a conversation with reporter Mark McCarter about the organization’s injury troubles. 
“It’s been a rough year because of injury,” Melvin said before watching the Stars drop a 9-4 loss to Montgomery. “Throughout our whole system it’s been a big problem. We’ve had them all over the place, from the big league team on down.”
Schafer won the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average for Brevard County in 2009 with six home runs, 58 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. The fine season earned him the organization’s player of the year honor and a late-season trip to Miller Park, where he was recognized on the field before a game. 
But he never got going in 2010. Schafer was supposed to participate in big league Spring Training camp, but he suffered a groin injury in a minicamp only days before he was to report to the Major League clubhouse, and that ailment lingered deep into the season. He was playing only his seventh game for Brevard County on Monday when he injured his foot.
Schafer will turn 24 in September.
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Schafer on injury: 'It's terrible timing'

On Friday morning, Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer strolled into the Major League clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park for the first time this year and saw his name above a fully-stocked locker. It just about broke his heart. 
He was supposed to be beginning the first big league Spring Training camp of his budding career, but instead Schafer was there to see one of the team’s doctors. He strained his left groin at the tail-end of a workout in Minor League camp on Thursday afternoon and won’t be able to participate in Major League camp. 
The 23-year-old was not expected to compete for a big league job. His invitation was a reward for winning the organization’s Minor League player of the year honor in 2009. Still, it stung. 
“It’s terrible timing, you know?” Schafer said. “I’m disappointed, but it’s just a minor bump. It shouldn’t be a big deal other than I’m over here [at the Minor League complex] instead of over there, and we’re all trying to get over there.”
Brewers manager Ken Macha was particularly impressed with Schafer as a Minor League loaner last spring, so much that Schafer was invited (along with infielder Adam Heether) to accompany the team to Los Angeles for exhibition games and then to San Francisco for a workout ahead of Opening Day. Macha said he plans to invite Schafer to sit on the bench during Brewers home games this spring to he can soak up a bit of the Major League experience.
“You guys all know how I feel about him,” Macha told reporters. “Last year, he was impressive.”
Schafer hadn’t heard about the invitation yet. 
“I would love that,” he said. 
Schafer spent most of last year at Class A Brevard County, winning the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average. He also ranked second in the league with 76 runs scored and third with 31 doubles. 
He had been working out at Maryvale Baseball Park since Jan. 16 as part of the team’s winter conditioning program. While other big league campers filtered in to work out and take batting practice this week, Schafer and fellow outfield prospect Lorenzo Cain were asked to remain in Minor League camp until Friday for a more structured program. 
Those players were taking part in a simulated game on Thursday and Schafer singled. He broke for second when the next batter hit a ball down the line and felt his groin pull right away. Schafer suffered the same injury last season and missed about a week. 
This time, the estimate is that he’ll be out 2-3 weeks. Since his stint in big league camp probably would have been over by then anyway, the Brewers removed him from the camp roster. 
“It’s all about the season, really, but it would have been nice to have them take another look at me,” Schafer said. “With a little hard work, I’ll be able to get over there.”
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Injury dashes Schafer's camp hopes

Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer injured his groin during a workout at the team’s Minor League facility on Thursday and will not be part of Major League camp as expected, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. Schafer, who is not on the 40-man roster and was not expected to compete for a spot on the team, was extended a camp invitation as a reward for winning organizational player of the year honors in 2009. 

Schafer, 23, is expected to be sidelined 2-3 weeks, Ash said, meaning he will be healthy by about the same time he would have been cut from big league camp. Ash said that if Schafer improves sufficiently by mid-March, he could still see some action in Cactus League “A” games. 
A series of similar opportunities last spring left a positive impression on the Brewers’ coaching staff and Schafer backed it up in the 2009 regular season. He spent most of the year at Class A Brevard County, winning the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average. He also ranked second in the league with 76 runs scored and third with 31 doubles. 
Schafer’s injury means the Brewers will have 56 players in camp including eight outfielders. The full squad is scheduled for its first official workout on Saturday.
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Tidbits: Hoffman, Suppan, Sheets, Hardy

The discussion about whether the Brewers would trade Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder was the most interesting part of general manager Doug Melvin’s year-end wrap-up with the media, but here’s a taste of the other topics discussed:

- The Brewers officially announced their new deal with closer Trevor Hoffman, who re-signed for one year plus a mutual option for 2011. The contract guarantees $8 million and could pay as much as $16.5 million over two years. 

 “By signing Trevor Hoffman, that was a big splash for us,” Melvin said. “If our pitching is going to improve, we have to keep the success we had at the back end of our bullpen. And also, to attract free agent starting pitchers, one of the first questions they always want to know is, ‘Who is the closer?'” 

- Melvin hinted that the focus on pitching could make it difficult for the team to re-sign its key free agents, including center fielder Mike Cameron and catcher Jason Kendall. Rickie Weeks is the second baseman, Melvin reiterated, making it likely that free agent Felipe Lopez will also be let go.

Assistant GM Gord Ash conceded that it’s difficult for teams to win with unproven players up the middle but insisted it can be done. He mentioned Lorenzo Cain and Logan Schafer as the team’s top center field prospects and said Jonathan Lucroy was the team’s top catching prospect. Interestingly, Angel Salome’s name was not brought up.

- Jeff Suppan, the Brewers’ 2009 Opening Day starter, is not guaranteed a spot in the 2010 starting rotation despite his $12.5 million salary. It will be the final season of his four-year contract, and he projects as the team’s highest-paid player for the second straight year. 

“I think Jeff is a professional and he knows that he will come into camp and [compete],” Melvin said. “You have to give him some credit for the fact he’s been given the ball a lot of years. He’s very seldom injured. … I don’t think there will be very many guarantees about who will be in the rotation. We probably have to make it more competitive to get better.” 

- Free agent righty Ben Sheets, who missed all of 2009 following elbow surgery, is still on the Brewers’ radar.

“Ben is somebody who would have to be on anybody’s list when it comes to improving your pitching staff,” Ash said. “We’re not up to date with his physical condition right now since he’s no longer in our care, so that would have to be Step 1. But from our point of view, we enjoyed Ben as part of the Brewers and there’s been, ‘once in a while’ conversations with his agent to remind him that we still have that ongoing interest. It hasn’t been followed-up yet.”

- Melvin already interviewed one potential pitching coach on Monday and was to travel with Ash on Thursday to interview another candidate. He wouldn’t say whether he had already spoken with former A’s and Mets pitching coach Rick Peterson, an early favorite for the position because of his past working relationships with Brewers manager Ken Macha and bench coach Willie Randolph

“We don’t want to advertise who we’re looking at,” Melvin said. “The cat’s out of the bag on one guy. I interviewed him on Monday and another team interviewed him the next day.” 

- Ash shed more light on the options that faced third baseman Casey McGehee, who underwent successful surgery on Tuesday. McGehee has a lesion in his knee, Ash said, that causes fragments of bone to break away. He could have had a more intensive procedure to inject healthy cells into the knee to promote re-growth but it was a riskier procedure that could have sidelined McGehee weeks or even months into the 2010 season. 

“He elected, after consulting with a couple of surgeons, to have kind of the intermediary procedure done, and that was to take out all of the fragments and hope that area of his knee remains intact,” Ash said. “We don’t have 100 percent guarantee on that. What we do know about Casey is that he’s an excellent worker and he’s motivated.” 

- Melvin did little to dispute the notion that shortstop J.J. Hardy will be traded this winter to make room for Alcides Escobar. Hardy’s value is down both because of his poor 2009 season (he batted .229 and was optioned to the Minors in August) and because the rest of the league knows that the Brewers are ready to install Escobar. 

“It might be down a little bit,” Melvin said of Hardy’s value. “But there are still clubs that have interest in him. Shortstop is a big hole to fill.”

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