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Braun, Macha differ on day off

For the first time since July 18 and only the fifth time this season, Ryan Braun was not the Brewers’ starting left fielder on Monday.

Why? Well, that was a matter for debate.

Brewers manager Ken Macha said Braun had been complaining of “aches and pains” in his right shoulder, and indeed Braun emerged in the clubhouse following Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Cardinals having just iced the joint. But Braun seemed surprised by the manager’s revelation about his shoulder.

“I don’t know what he’s talking about,” Braun said as he walked away.

One thing they agreed upon: Braun should be back in the Brewers’ lineup on Tuesday night against John Smoltz.

“It’s just a day off,” Macha insisted earlier in the day, and it was as good a day as any. Braun is 0-for-6 with two strikeouts against Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter, who started Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park and pitched a complete-game one-hitter. It was also a holiday day game, and Braun is hitting 83 points lower in the daytime (.257 vs. .340 at night) with a dramatically lower on-base-plus-slugging percentage (.749 during the day vs. 1.027 at night).

“The trainer thought that it would be best to give him today off,” Macha said. “We had a day game yesterday and a night game tomorrow, so it will be almost like he has two days off in a row.”
The Brewers were also without the services of center fielder Mike Cameron, who expected to be out until Friday at the earliest with a strained right hamstring.

With those two players out, Macha cobbled together the lineup like this:

Corey Patterson  CF
Frank Catalanotto  LF
Felipe Lopez  2B
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Jody Gerut  RF
Jason Kendall  C
Alcides Escobar  SS
Dave Bush  RHP

Cameron out at least until Friday, maybe longer

Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron did not expect to return to action until Friday at the earliest because of the severity of his right hamstring strain. Cameron was hurt during a pinch-hit appearance on Saturday against the Giants and hasn’t played since.

“If I’m out, you know it’s bad,” Cameron said. “It’s not good. It’s spasming right now.”

Cameron said he might be available for pinch-hit duties but could not play the field. The Brewers are well-covered in the outfield, with Corey Patterson, Jody Gerut and Jason Bourgeois all available to play center field. When Corey Hart returns from a rehab assignment on Tuesday, the Brewers will have seven outfielders on the roster.

No Cameron for series finale

With left-hander Jonathan Sanchez on the mound for the Giants as they seek a three-game sweep, the Brewers are without the services of center fielder Mike Cameron. Not sure if it’s injury-related, though I hear Cameron has quietly been playing on an injured ankle. He’s 1-for-7 against Sanchez and is actually hitting slightly better this year against right-handers (.257) than left-handers (.248), though his OPS against lefties is 72 points higher.

We’ll get some answers in our pregame chat with Ken Macha. For now, here’s the lineup with Jody Gerut in center field for the second straight day.

Felipe Lopez  2B
Jason Bourgeois  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
J.J. Hardy  SS
Jason Kendall  C
Jody Gerut  CF
Braden Looper  RHP

Cameron sits vs. Giants' Cain

As I predicted in my preview of today’s game, manager Ken Macha decided to give center fielder Mike Cameron a breather against Giants right-hander Matt Cain, and is starting Jody Gerut instead. Cameron is 3-for-27 (.111) in his career against Cain; Gerut is 3-for-7.

Manager Ken Macha had some more interesting thoughts this afternoon about Yovani Gallardo, who could top the 3,000 pitch plateau in this game. Macha has been shown a story of other pitchers Gallardo’s age who have reached that level and then experienced injury issues the following season, including Edinson Volquez and Johnny Cueto of the Reds and former Rays pitcher Edwin Jackson (who is now excelling with the Tigers). The Brewers are keenly aware of Gallardo’s workload, so they gave him two extra days of rest before this start against the Giants and could do the same before his next outing. Club officials have even discussed shutting Gallardo down before the end of the season, but general manager Doug Melvin said that, as of today, there is no such plan in place.

Here’s the lineup:

Felipe Lopez  2B
Frank Catalanotto  RF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Jody Gerut  CF
J.J. Hardy  SS
Jason Kendall  C
Yovani Gallardo  RHP

Cameron would "make a sacrifice" to remain

After reflecting on becoming the 302nd player in history to score 1,000 runs, Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron said he would like to remain in Milwaukee beyond this season. So much so, that he might consider taking less to stay than he could fetch on the open market.

“I would be willing to make a sacrifice to make that happen,” he said. “You just never know how it’s going to work out financially. It would be cool, because I like it here. Doug [Melvin, the Brewers’ general manager] is pretty straightforward, and it’s just a matter of what direction they want to go in.”

But Cameron wouldn’t get more specific about what he would seek. He’s earning $10 million this season and projects as a Type B free agent at year’s end. The Brewers could reap Draft compensation if they offer Cameron arbitration and he signs elsewhere, but that represents a big risk since Cameron would almost certainly get a raise in the event his case went to a hearing.

Cameron turns 37 in January but might represent the Brewers’ best option. The team traded away Tony Gwynn, Jr. earlier this season and does not have a top-flight center fielder at Triple-A. Double-A Huntsville’s Lorenzo Cain has a chance to eventually man center field at Miller Park, but he missed a chunk of this season to a knee injury.

Another intriguing option could be Rickie Weeks, though club officials have said repeatedly that they are committed to Weeks as a second baseman.   

As for how many more seasons Cameron intends to play, he said, “I guess I’ll know it’s time when nobody wants me anymore.”

Cameron gets a break in series finale

It’s 20 straight home wins over the Pirates and counting for the Brewers, who won’t have their fabulous center fielder for Sunday’s series finale. Jody Gerut, who has been hot at the plate (13-for-39 over his last 26 games) starts in place of Mike Cameron, who is almost certainly just getting a day off, his first since July 26.

The Pirates’ lineup is posted, and it includes catcher Ryan Doumit. He was benched on Friday and Saturday for an undisclosed offense.

Andrew McCutchen  CF
Delwyn Young  2B
Garrett Jones  1B
Ryan Doumit  C
Lastings Milledge  LF
Brandon Moss  RF
Andy LaRoche  3B
Ronny Cedeno  SS
Ross Ohlendorf  RHP

Felipe Lopez  2B
Craig Counsell  SS
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Casey McGehee  3B
Jody Gerut  CF
Jason Kendall  C
Frank Catalanotto  RF
Jeff Suppan  RHP

Report says Giants claimed Hoffman

The San Francisco Giants were the mystery team that claimed Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman off waivers in recent days, according to, perhaps a move to block a fellow contender with bullpen needs from adding baseball’s all-time saves leader via a trade.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin has been uncharacteristically unavailable during the the past 24 hours, but said earlier in the week that he was unlikely to make a deal ahead of the Aug. 31 deadline for teams to acquire players and have them available for postseason rosters.

Still, the Brewers reportedly placed six veterans on waivers this week, a necessary step before making trades after the July 31 nonwaiver deadline. According to a report, four of them cleared: Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, Jason Kendall and Braden Looper. Hoffman appears to have been claimed, but the report made no mention of second baseman Felipe Lopez, another pending free agent who was exposed to waivers.

Lopez projects as a Type B free agent, meaning he would net the Brewers a compensatory pick in next year’s Draft if the team offers him arbitration but he declines and signs elsewhere. Hoffman projects as a Type A, so he could reap a pair of high picks. He turns 42 on Oct. 13.

Hoffman responds to waiver rumors

Trevor Hoffman would prefer to remain a Brewer, but conceded that Thursday that it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could be traded to a contender before the end of the month.

“I don’t know,” Hoffman said. “We’re 12 out.”

As in, the Brewers remained 12 games behind division-leading St. Louis in the National League Central after getting swept by the Reds at Miller Park this week. Cincinnati finished its three-game sweep with an 8-5 win over the Brewers on Thursday, just as reported that a rival club had claimed Hoffman off the waiver wire.

If true, the Brewers and the mystery team would have 48 hours to work out a trade. If the sides cannot strike an agreement, the Brewers would pull Hoffman back.

Hoffman said he had no idea whether the report was true, and Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who is technically barred from discussing waivers, did not return a pair of phone calls on Thursday.

“I’m starting to learn that this is part of it,” said Hoffman, who mostly avoided late-season waiver rumors during his 16-year tenure with the Padres. Players with at least 10 years of service time including five years with their current team have the right to refuse trades, and it was well understood that Hoffman had no desire to leave San Diego.

Now he’s on a one-year contract with the Brewers and faces the prospect of re-entering free agency at season’s end. As the report suggested, a deal seems unlikely. Hoffman projects as a “Type A” free agent in the mysterious Elias rankings. That means that if the Brewers keep him for the rest of this year, offer him salary arbitration over the winter and then let him sign elsewhere, they would reap two compensatory picks in next year’s First-Year Player Draft before the end of the second round.

Since the claiming club is not likely to offer much in return for five weeks of Hoffman’s services, Melvin could be more inclined to hold out for the Draft picks.

Another hurdle, according to various recent reports that have speculated about Hoffman’s availability, could be baseball’s all-time saves leader’s desire to be a closer. Asked for his stance on Thursday, Hoffman said, “I’m not going to discuss any of that stuff.”

Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth inning in Wednesday’s extra-innings loss to the Reds and has been excellent in his first season away from San Diego in 16 years, posting a 1.85 ERA and 27 saves in 29 chances this year. But he has been gathering dust in the bullpen as the Brewers have fallen out of the pennant race, with only four save opportunities this month and only four appearances over the past two weeks.

“I’m about settling in,” Hoffman said. “I’ve been fortunate to have that comfort level here in Milwaukee from Day 1. Our focus is to try and climb back in this thing. I did say that we’re 12 out, but we have nine [games] left with St. Louis and Chicago is in the mix. We just got our starting rotation back. Hopefully, we can make a run. I’m a consummate optimist, and this is my team.”

Earlier this week, reported that the Brewers had placed at least six players on waivers, a necessary step before making trades after July 31. Those players, according to the report, were Mike Cameron, Craig Counsell, Hoffman, Jason Kendall, Braden Looper and Felipe Lopez.

Cameron, Kendall, Looper and Lopez all project as “Type B” free agents who would net one compensatory Draft pick. Looper’s contract includes a mutual option for 2010 that the Brewers are likely to exercise. Counsell does not qualify for Draft compensation should he sign elsewhere next year. 

Earlier this week, Melvin expressed an unwillingness to trade away his veterans, even the Brewers have remained 10-12 games behind the first-place Cardinals in the National League Central.

“I can’t imagine that a team would give up a good player for one month, unless there is a key injury,” Melvin said Tuesday. “I don’t anticipate anything.”

In the clubhouse: Player reaction

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div.Section1Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he
“shocked” manager Ken Macha Tuesday night when he told Macha of the
changes the club was going to make Wednesday morning.

“Shocked” and “surprised” were two of
the main words going around in the Brewers clubhouse Wednesday afternoon, hours
after the Brewers relieved pitching coach Bill Castro, optioned shortstop J.J.
Hardy to Triple-A Nashville and designated Bill Hall.

Here is some reaction from the players:

First, from Hall, the longest tenured Brewer, about
leaving the only team he’s ever known: “It’s something that just happens,
nothing big. I’m happy about the time I spent here. [First time in] 26 years we
made the playoffs here, so I had a lot of good times and I appreciate
everything this organization has done for me and I think it’s time for a new
chapter in my life. I’m excited about this chapter. Hopefully these guys can
pull it together and turn things around. I’m definitely excited about the next
chapter in my life.”

Injured second baseman Rickie Weeks on losing Hall and Hardy, his
long-time double play partner: “Shocked, basically. I don’t have too many
words to say because of disappointment for everyone else. But it was just
one of those things where it’s baseball, it’s a business thing and sometimes it
sucks, plain and simple.”

Craig Counsell on how shakeups like these affect the
clubhouse: “On a personal level you feel for those guys, for sure, we all
do. But the nature of our jobs is that we have to go perform tonight and
frankly it doesn’t matter who’s here, you still have to go perform, that’s your
job. … It doesn’t change the way you go out and prepare or the way you’re
going to go out and do your job. I don’t know what effect it has [in the
clubhouse]. Obviously, Doug felt he had to do something.”

And finally, center fielder Mike Cameron, who was trying to keep the clubhouse light before batting practice, on
whether the moves will light a spark in the clubhouse: “Who knows what could
possibly come about. There are certain things that happen during the course of
the season. You saw Colorado get a spark in a change of their manager, you see
some teams get guys come up and they may provide an extra burst of energy.
There are a lot of things that take place, but the one real thing that’s going
to happen, regardless of everything’s that going on today and different things
and different situations that take place, at 7:05 [p.m.] we still have to

With that said, here are tonight’s lineups:

San Diego
Tony Gwynn CF
David Eckstein 2B
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Chase Headley LF
Wil Venable RF
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Henry Blanco C
Everth Cabrera SS
Kevin Correia RHP

Felipe Lopez 2B
Craig Counsell SS
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mike Cameron CF
Casey McGehee 3B
Frank Catalanotto RF
Jason Kendall C
Carlos Villanueva RHP


Cameron suspension down to one game

Brewers center fielder Mike Cameron’s suspension was reduced from two games to one after Major League Baseball officials heard his appeal on Friday. Cameron will sit out Saturday’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

 The discipline stemmed from Cameron’s argument at home plate following a called third strike in Atlanta on June 6, and two days later he was suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount for making contact with umpire Marvin Hudson. Cameron argued that Hudson initiated the contact.

Cameron declined to answer questions about MLB’s ruling prior to Friday’s game, when he was slotted in the six-hole in the opener of a three-game Interleague Series.

“I’m playing today, sitting tomorrow,” said Cameron, who was quickly asked whether he thought the ruling was fair. “I’m not ever going to say it’s fair, but it is what it is.”

Cameron will take batting practice with the team on Saturday but then must vacate the clubhouse at game time.