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Brewers draft sons of Schroeder, Kyles

MILWAUKEE — For their picks in the 47th and 48th rounds of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, the Brewers didn’t have to go far to do their research, as they selected the sons of two club employees.


In the 47th round, with the 1419th overall pick, the Brewers selected left fielder Billy Schroeder, son of former Brewers catcher and current Brewers broadcaster Bill Schroeder.

One round later, with the 1439th overall pick, left-handed pitcher Marques Kyles, son of bullpen coach Stan Kyles, was the Brewers’ pick.

For Schroeder, a 6-foot, 210-pound senior from Grand Canyon University, the Brewers’ selection is honor, but it does not appear as though he will join the organization.

“He’s not going to play, he has other irons in the fire,” said Bill Schroeder of his son before Wednesday’s game. “But it was nice of them to do that.”

Kyles, on the other hand, has different plans than Schroeder.

According to his father, there’s a good chance the 6-foot-9 senior out of Limestone College will sign on to play with the Brewers.

“He’s looking forward to it; it’s a good opportunity for him,” Kyles said of his son. “He’s graduated and with the way the job market is now, there’s not a whole lot of things out there even though he had a double major.

“He’s looking forward to having time to devote just to baseball over the next year.”

According to Ray Montgomery, assistant amateur scouting director for the Brewers, the picks have to do with more than just name recognition, too.

For one, Kyles is a lefty, something the club valued highly in the draft.

“Left-handed pitching is always in demand,” Montgomery said. “I don’t think you can ever have enough of that.”

Kyles’ size, in addition to being a lefty, make him a prime candidate to be the type of ‘gem’ the club was looking for on the Draft’s third day. With their knowledge of his father’s ability as well, Kyles was the perfect fit for a late-round selection.

“I played with Stan Kyles about 30 years ago and Stan was a good player,” said Bruce Seid, scouting director. “Marques is a 6-foot-9 lefty. He’s got a ways to go, but he’s got a lot of whip to his arm and he’ll get some time to develop. We’re happy to be able to bring him in to be a Brewer.”

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for


Kyles turned to Reds' Baker for support

Stan Kyles was “in shock” when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February. One of his first telephone calls was to Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker, who battled the disease in 2001. 
“He went through the same kind of thing and had a similar surgery, but it’s so much more advanced now,” Kyles said. “He said he was down about six weeks, but I’m looking to return sooner than that.”
Kyles, like Baker, detected the cancer very early. Kyles underwent a physical exam before Spring Training with his personal physician that included a PSA test. He later underwent a biopsy and learned the result about a week into Spring Training. 
The Brewers announced on Tuesday that Kyles would leave the team beginning Friday to return home to Spartanburg, S.C. for prostate surgery. The procedure is scheduled for April 29 and Kyles’ recovery is expected to span four to six weeks. 
Class A Brevard County pitching coach Fred Dabney was promoted on an interim basis to fill the vacancy in the Brewers’ bullpen. He arrived Tuesday and will spend the next three days working alongside Kyles. 
“The more I started seeing other doctors, the more reassured I was that we caught it early and the prognosis is good,” Kyles said. “I’m looking forward to getting it past me and rejoining the team. 
True to his soft-spoken nature, Kyles kept the diagnosis mostly private, telling his wife, Monica, and son, Marques, a college senior. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash knew, as did manager Ken Macha and Kyles’ fellow coaches. 
He did not tell Brewers players until Sunday in Washington D.C.
“It’s just another thing to show you that baseball is only a small part of the picture,” said Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins, whose grandfather, Eddie Williams, underwent surgery for prostate cancer and is doing well today at age 87. 
“Baseball isn’t all that important when you’re talking about [cancer],” Hawkins said. “That’s the last thing you want to hear, but Stan reassured us that he is going to recover it and be back here cracking jokes as soon as possible.”
Kyles has a good reason to get back on his feet quickly. Marques graduates from college on May 6.
“I’m looking forward to getting this stuff behind me,” Kyles said. 

Kyles to undergo prostate surgery


Brewers bullpen coach Stan Kyles will leave the team on Friday to undergo prostate surgery near his home in Spartanburg, S.C.
Kyles, 49, was diagnosed with prostate cancer following a physical exam in Spring Training. He is expected to be away from the team for the next 4-6 weeks, and Class A Brevard County pitching coach Fred Dabney was promoted to the Brewers on an interim basis to fill Kyles’ vacancy in the bullpen. 
The Brewers named Kyles bullpen coach in November 2008 but he has been in the organization since 2001 and has served as a pitching coach at the Class A, Double-A and Triple-A levels. Kyles is one of nine brothers and sisters and he and his wife, Monica, have a son named Marques. 
Prostate cancer strikes one in six men. Since 1997, Major League Baseball and the Players Association have partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation for the Home Run Challenge, which has raised more than $31 million for research. During Father’s Day week each season, MLB teams raise money from fans and sponsors who make a pledge for each home run hit during 60 selected games played, including selected games on Father’s Day. Players wear powder blue wristbands and managers use special blue lineup cards to commemorate the day.  
This year, Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20, when the Brewers are scheduled to finish a three-game series at Colorado. 
The most famous baseball figure to have battled the disease may be Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in 1999 after a test in Spring Training. Torre underwent surgery and has been a spokesperson for cancer screenings ever since. 
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Hoffman will need more than 15 DL days

SAN FRANCISCO — It did not exactly qualify as a surprise when Brewers manager Ken Macha said Sunday that closer Trevor Hoffman will not be ready to come off the disabled list when his term expires on Saturday.

Hoffman, who has not pitched since March 13 because of a strained muscle on his right side, played catch on Friday and Saturday and then took Sunday off. He will play catch again on Monday, when the Brewers take part in a 4 p.m. CT workout at AT&T Park as their final tune-up for Tuesday’s season opener.

Assuming he makes it through that session without a setback, the Brewers’ athletic training staff may devise a schedule for Hoffman to throw off a mound, then to face hitters, then perhaps to head out for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment. The process could run a few more weeks.

“Will he be ready on the 11th?” Macha said, referring to the date Hoffman is eligible to come off the DL. “Probably not. … Let’s wait until he gets on a mound, OK? I went through this whole thing with [oft-injured Oakland A’s starter Rich] Harden. I think the best you can do is wait until he gets on the mound and then start looking at what the possibilities are.”

The Brewers’ other offseason free agent pick-up, starter Braden Looper, also dealt with a side strain in Spring Training but is on track to start the season in the rotation. He threw 89 pitches in a Minor League intrasquad game in Phoenix on Sunday under the watch of Brewers bullpen coach Stan Kyles.

Looper is slated to start April 10 against the Cubs in Milwaukee’s home opener.

“He went to six innings, but it was hard to get a grip on some of the innings because he stayed out there more than three outs to get his pitch count in,” said Macha, who received a report from Kyles via e-mail. “He said he felt like he could go more, no problem. Stan said he did leave some split-fingers [split-fingered fastballs] up in the zone, but the hitters didn’t take advantage of it. All in all, [Looper] felt pretty good, so that’s encouraging.”

Kyles and Looper should re-join the team on Monday, when the Brewers have a more standard afternoon workout. They were forced to a late start Sunday [8:30 p.m. CT] because the Giants and Dodgers played an afternoon exhibition game.

For a time, Giants officials balked at the Brewers’ late workout request and Milwaukee officials were scrambling to identify alternatives. Macha did not want his team to sit idle until Tuesday after arriving from Los Angeles following Saturday’s game at Dodger Stadium.

“I just wanted to come out here and do something because of the two days off,” Macha said. “I don’t think you can go through all of Spring Training and all of a sudden sit down and do nothing for two days, then start it up again.”

Hoffman gets his work in early

Closer Trevor Hoffman, who was penciled in for an inning of work against the Angels, opted instead for a 32-pitch bullpen session on a back mound at Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday morning.

“He wanted to work on some things and felt more comfortable doing it back there,” Brewers pitching coach Bill Castro said. “That’s fine. He feels he gets more out of doing it that way.”

Unlike many veteran pitchers who use Spring Training to “work on things” and don’t necessarily care about the results, Hoffman said after his Cactus League debut Wednesday that he approaches games the same whether it’s February or October. If he’s pitching, he’s pitching to get outs.

The Brewers are allowing Hoffman to set his own spring schedule, and by moving his work to the bullpen, he actually increased his workload a bit. Hoffman was only scheduled for about 20 pitches in Thursday’s game.

“I actually stood in [the batter’s box] today when he was finishing up,” bullpen coach Stan Kyles said. “He looks good. I can see why he’s been pretty much unhittable in the ninth inning. It’s pretty impressive.”