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Axford sent down

The Brewers optioned right-hander John Axford to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday afternoon but manager Ken Macha expects the right-hander to return at some point before 2010 is over. 
“We need to get him pitching on a regular basis in case we do have a problem with one of our right-handed relievers,” Macha said. “This guy has had an extremely impressive spring.”
Axford surrendered a run on two hits in one inning of Tuesday’s 10-2 Brewers win over the Indians. It was the first run he had allowed since his Cactus League debut on March 4, when the Giants touched Axford for four runs on five hits. In five outings between that game and Tuesday’s, Axford surrendered only four hits and no earned runs. 
His mid-90s fastball makes Axford a potential closer candidate, but general manager Doug Melvin said Axford would report to Nashville without any specific instructions. 
“I’m not a big believer in one-inning closers in the Minor Leagues,” Melvin said. “His assignment is just go pitch. He needs to get his work in.”
Axford’s work in camp impressed Macha. 
“From where this guy has come — he was almost a release candidate at one point in time — to [now], he’s going to have a chance to get some people out in the big leagues,” Macha said. “He’s got an explosive fastball and a snapdragon curve. That’s a good combination. That’s Troy Percival kind of stuff.”
Percival saved 358 games in 14 Major League seasons. Axford probably won’t have an opportunity to rack up those kind of numbers; he’s a late-bloomer who will turn 27 on April 1 and only has three seasons of professional experience. The Brewers signed Axford in March 2008 after a tryout at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Axford was the third of three moves on Tuesday. Right-hander Tim Dillard was reassigned to Minor League camp and fellow nonroster invitee Scott Schoeneweis left camp after being informed he would not make the Opening Day roster. The Brewers intend to formally release Schoeneweis on Thursday, Melvin said. 
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Schoeneweis: 'I wasted a month of my time'

An upset Scott Schoeneweis packed his bags and left Maryvale Baseball Park on Tuesday after team officials informed him he would not make the team. Schoeneweis figures he never had a shot in the first place. 
“The only regret I have is that I wasted a month of my time,” Schoeneweis said. “I didn’t have a chance to make the team. That’s what I learned today.” 
The Brewers did not officially release Schoeneweis from his Minor League contract but announced to the media that the player, “was advised today that he would not be part of the Major League roster and is free to pursue other opportunities.” General manager Doug Melvin said Schoeneweis would officially be released on Thursday, the date specified in his contract on which he could elect free agency if not added to the 40-man roster.
Schoeneweis was removed from the Brewers’ big league camp roster and so was right-hander Tim Dillard, who was returned to Minor League camp. The team might have one more move later in the day.
Schoeneweis, 36, ostensibly was bidding to be a second left-hander in the Brewers’ bullpen with Mitch Stetter, but the numbers game worked against him. The team is looking at four pitchers for the final two spots in the starting rotation, and to preserve depth at least one of those pitchers will likely begin the season in relief. 
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Schoeneweis on Tuesday morning that the team didn’t have a spot for him. Melvin and manager Ken Macha asked Schoeneweis to take an assignment to Triple-A Nashville but he declined. 
Schoeneweis is coming off a difficult year at home. His wife, Gabrielle, died suddenly last May while Schoeneweis was pitching for the D-backs. He bounced between home and the team the rest of the season and ended up with a 7.12 ERA, the highest of his career. 
“I’m a big league pitcher and I shouldn’t have to prove anything,” Schoeneweis said. “This will be my 12th year in the big leagues and I wasn’t injured [last season], I wasn’t out of the game because my skills diminished. I just had to prove to myself that I wanted to play and [be sure] it was OK with my family. I am OK with all of those things. 
“I appreciate the platform to come in and realize those things and to realize that I am a better version of myself than I have been for the last three or four years. It’s just ironic that I can’t get a job because my wife died. It doesn’t make much sense to me.” 
In seven Cactus League appearances, Schoeneweis had a 7.71 ERA, but that number can be particularly deceptive in Spring Training for left-handed specialists because they are not used in lefty-on-lefty situations like they would be in the regular season. 
Schoeneweis said he would ask his agent, Scott Boras, to see employment elsewhere, hopefully with a team near the west coast so he could remain close to his four children. The family lives in the Phoenix area. 
“The positive I take out of this is I realize I can have fun again,” Schoeneweis said. “I haven’t had fun for a long time. I know 100 percent that I am a big league pitcher, bottom line. It would be a shame if this was it for me because I feel like I did when I was 28. If there aren’t any big league jobs out there, then I’ll have to work something out that works for me and my family. I’m not going to toil around in the Minor Leagues.”
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'Out' dates coming up

Brewers officials are scheduled to meet Monday morning to discuss roster decisions, including a handful of players in camp who can elect free agency this week if they are not added to the 40-man roster.

The list of players with such “out” dates includes outfielder Jim Edmonds, catcher Matt Treanor and left-hander Scott Schoeneweis. Edmonds’ and Schoeneweis’ date is Thursday, when the Brewers return from their only Spring Training off-day to play the Dodgers in Glendale, Ariz. Treanor was not sure of his precise date and general manager Doug Melvin said he preferred not to disclose it.

The clauses mean that the Brewers could have some decisions to make. Edmonds is probably part of the team’s Opening Day plans, but Treanor is still vying with 40-man roster member George Kottaras for the backup catcher job, and Schoeneweis is part of the Brewers’ complicated “combinations and permutations” in the pitching department.

In the race to back up starting catcher Gregg Zaun, the Brewers essentially have to choose between offense and defense. Kottaras bats left-handed and has shown significant power while batting .321 and slugging .679 in the Cactus League. Six of his nine hits have gone for extra bases, including a pair of home runs. Treanor, meanwhile, is batting just .200 and slugging .250, but he is an advanced defensive catcher with much more Major League experience.

“He’s done a fine job receiving the ball,” manager Ken Macha said. “I think he’s been very receptive to all instruction and he’s very knowledgeable about what’s going on. On the defensive side of it, I think he’s solid.”

Even in the very unlikely case he would be open to an assignment, the Brewers probably don’t have room for Treanor in the Minor Leagues because prospects Angel Salome and Jonathan Lucroy are already fighting for playing time.

Treanor planned to place a call Sunday night to his agent, Joel Wolf, to discuss his out date. 

“Defensively, handling the pitchers, I feel like I’ve done what I wanted to do,” Treanor said. “Offensively, I’ve missed some chances. … It’s a tough decision on the club because Georgie has been great.”

Schoeneweis signed a Minor League contract with Milwaukee on Feb. 9 and has allowed four earned runs but only three hits in six Spring Training games. He said Sunday that he would not be willing to accept a Minor League assignment. The Brewers already have one left-hander ticketed for the Major League bullpen in Mitch Stetter.

At least two other non-roster invitees have “out” clauses in their contracts, but both come into play during the regular season. Left-hander A.J. Murray can become a free agent if he’s not with the Brewers on June 15, and outfielder Trent Oeltjen can walk away if he is not in the Majors within 48 hours of July 1.
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Edmonds was in the lineup today against the White Sox. Here’s what the full card looks like:

WHITE SOX

Alexei Ramirez  SS
Jordan Danks  LF
Mark Kotsay  1B
Andruw Jones  CF
Alex Rios  RF
Ramon Castro  C
Jayson Nix  3B
Brent Lillibridge  2B
Freddy Garcia  RHP
BREWERS
Rickie Weeks  2B
Carlos Gomez  CF
Ryan Braun  LF
Prince Fielder  1B
Gregg Zaun  C
Jim Edmonds  CF RF
Craig Counsell  3B
Alcides Escobar  SS
Randy Wolf  LHP
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Before Doug Davis pitches against the Angels in Monday’s “A” game, left-hander Chris Narveson will take the hill in a “B” game at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Rangers. One of the big league catchers will handle Narveson, and third baseman Casey McGehee and right fielder Corey Hart are scheduled to get some extra at-bats. 
McGehee, one of last year’s Spring Training All-Stars (.339 average, six homers), is hitting .206 this year. Hart is batting just .182. 
“I think those guys feel they could use some at-bats and Dale [Sveum, Milwaukee's hitting coach] feels they could use some at-bats also,” Macha said. “There’s no specific formula on how to get somebody at their best shape for Opening Day. We’re trying to do our best.”
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The Brewers are finally splitting up Dave Bush and Manny Parra. Bush will pitch Tuesday against the Indians and Parra will have to come in on the off-day Wednesday to pitch a Minor League game. Until this week, Bush and Parra have been pitching on the same day.
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Lefty Chris Capuano expected to throw a bullpen session on Monday. He has not pitched since March 11, when he developed some discomfort in his surgically-repaired elbow.
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Brewers sign Schoeneweis

Coming off a year of tragedy, veteran left-hander Scott Schoeneweis has a fresh start with the Brewers.
The team on Tuesday inked Schoeneweis to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to big league camp, where he will compete to be a second lefty out of Milwaukee’s bullpen. Schoeneweis, 36, made 45 appearances for the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 2009 season marked by the sudden death of his wife, Gabrielle, on May 20. 
If he makes Milwaukee’s roster, Schoeneweis’ salary would be $800,000.
“You go through a year like he went through, maybe getting back to baseball is the best thing,” Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. 
The Brewers signed Schoeneweis partly on the recommendation of new pitching coach Rick Peterson, who coached Schoeneweis in New York in 2007 and 2008. Peterson recent spoke with his former pupil to gauge his interest in a comeback. 
Understandably, Schoeneweis’ performance suffered as last season wore on. He finished with a 7.12 ERA. 
The Brewers’ primary left-handed reliever is Mitch Stetter, who appeared in a career-high 71 games last season with a 3.60 ERA and held left-handed batters to a .178 average. In parts of 11 seasons with six Major League teams, Schoeneweis has limited lefties to a .229 average. 
“He’s been pretty good left-on-left and we always talk about trying to squeeze two lefties on our staff,” Melvin said. “That can be tough to do on a National League pitching staff. Mitch Stetter has done a nice job for us, but you never know when somebody is going to be hit by a line drive or turn an ankle. It’s nice to have some experienced depth.”
Asked whether Schoeneweis expressed a willingness to begin the season in the Minor Leagues, Melvin said, “That’s not the focus right now. I don’t know if he will or not. I told Scott we would be fair with him.”
Melvin also confirmed that the Brewers had re-signed left-hander Chase Wright to a Minor League contract, but Wright’s dead does not include an invitation to big league camp. Wright’s agent contacted the Brewers looking for a job, Melvin said.
With Schoeneweis, the Brewers have 57 players on their Spring Training roster including 32 pitchers. Melvin, who was scheduled to travel to Phoenix on Wednesday for a few days off before the start of Spring Training, might be just about finished adding pieces. 
“You never know, but you get to the point where you’ve got too many people,” he said. “You don’t want to be where nobody can get innings and nobody can get at-bats. We’re probably getting close to that point. We’re pretty deep right now.” 
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