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Reliever Jorge Julio will celebrate his 30th birthday with a day off, but a bunch of his teammates will be in action against the Rockies at Maryvale Baseball Park.
Rickie Weeks 2B
Chris Duffy LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Prince Fielder 1B
Corey Hart RF
Mike Cameron CF
Mike Rivera C
Casey McGehee 3B
Yovani Gallardo RHP
Trevor Hoffman, Carlos Villanueva, Mitch Stetter, Omar Aguilar and Chase Wright are also scheduled to pitch.
The Brewers did pass along news this morning that right-hander Braden Looper will miss his next start Thursday because of tightness in an oblique muscle at the back of his ribcage, but did immediately not elaborate on the extent of the injury. Seth McClung will start that day instead as the Brewers play an exhibition against Australia’s entry to the World Baseball Classic.
No further news yet about Tony Gwynn Jr.’s MRI scan on Monday. I am hoping to catch up with assistant GM Gord Ash today for that information.
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash was delayed on his return flight from Milwaukee to Phoenix on Monday, so we will not get the results of doctor visits by outfielder Tony Gwynn. Jr. and right-hander Braden Looper until Tuesday.
Gwynn had a setback on Sunday and was to undergo an MRI scan on Monday, according to Brewers manager Ken Macha, to determine why he’s still feeling pain in his right shoulder. Looper was scratched from his Saturday start with tightness at the back of his ribcage and was to see a doctor today.
Gwynn’s bad luck is proving a huge boost for Brad Nelson, who hit another RBI single against the Padres today and is batting .571 with four walks in four Spring Training games. Nelson moved back to first base last year, but he has played the outfield in the past and is being considered for a backup spot there.
“If we’re going to keep two extra outfielders, we’re going to have to see what ‘Nellie’ can do,” Macha said. “He’s been impressive. Almost every at-bat is a long pitch count at-bat. He’s not afraid to take a walk. His strike zone knowledge is pretty good. He stays on the ball.”
What do you think? If you were GM Doug Melvin, who would you keep in the outfield?
Before we get to today’s “A” game lineup, manager Ken Macha told us at this morning’s “B” game against the Dodgers that outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. had a setback during a throwing drill on Sunday and will undergo an MRI scan today to determine what’s going on in his sore right shoulder. He won’t be the designated hitter this afternoon.
Trot Nixon makes his first appearance in center field and Brad Nelson, who has drawn raves from Macha so far, starts in left. Here’s the full lineup:
Jason Kendall C
Craig Counsell 2B
Corey Hart RF
Prince Fielder 1B
Angel Salome DH
Trot Nixon CF
Brad Nelson LB
Casey McGehee 3B
Alcides Escobar SS
Right-hander Jeff Suppan gets the start for Milwaukee and Todd Coffey, R.J. Swindle, Tim Dillard and Lindsay Gulin are also scheduled to work.
Brewers outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr. remains sidelined in camp and Mat Gamel and Todd Coffey are about to leave.
Gwynn continues to feel some pain in his right shoulder and will be limited from throwing until he’s completely pain-free. Manager Ken Macha said there was “some concern” that Gwynn is not improving more quickly, but that he was showing some signs of improvement. Gwynn will see the doctor again on Thursday.
Gamel and Coffey, meanwhile, were set to take a few days off to attend births back home. Coffey’s wife, Nikki, is to give birth to the couple’s third child and first son on Friday, the same day Gamel’s fiancee was to deliver the couple’s first child.
One of the Brewers’ top prospects is beginning the 2009 season right where he ended 2008: On the sidelines.
Third baseman Mat Gamel was the last Brewer to report for Spring Training on Wednesday and he arrived complaining of shoulder pain. Gamel’s physical exam revealed an impingement similar to the one that is sidelining outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., and both players will refrain from throwing until the pain goes away.
Gamel earned a September call-up last season but was sent home early when he revealed a strained right elbow that apparently had been bothering him for some time. The shoulder problem came as a similar surprise.
“He gave no indication of it,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He said it happened just before he got here.”
Five players, including third baseman Bill Hall and outfielder Tony Gwynn, Jr., will be restricted from activity when Brewers pitchers, catchers and the handful of position players already in camp take part in the team’s first Spring Training workout on Sunday.
A rundown of the injury updates that emerged from physical exams on Saturday:
- Head team physical William Raasch confirmed the original diagnosis for third baseman Bill Hall, who has a partially torn left calf muscle and will be sidelined about 4-6 weeks. Club spokesperson Mike Vassallo said Raasch was “encouraged” by Hall’s improvement from Friday, when Hall underwent an MRI scan.
Hall was injured on Thursday while working out at a private facility in the Phoenix area. If he progresses on schedule, he could be fully rehabilitated by Opening Day on April 7.
- Gwynn, a left-handed hitter but a right-handed thrower, is restricted from throwing because of a right shoulder impingement . Gwynn is out of Minor League options and has a great chance of making the Opening Day roster for the second straight season, assuming he gets healthy.
- Speedy utility man Jason Bourgeois is restricted from activity because of a fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand. In other words, he has a broken left pinkie. The 26 year-old spent most of the 2008 season at Triple-A Charlotte in the Chicago White Sox system, hitting .286 with a .335 on-base percentage, nine home runs, 83 runs scored and 30 stolen bases in 41 attempts.
- Right-hander Alex Periard, who was just added to the 40-man roster over the winter, is restricted from throwing because of tightness in his right shoulder. Periard, 21 and one of the Brewers’ recent Canadian imports, was a 16th round pick in 2004 who almost certainly will begin the year in the Minors. During the 2008 regular season, Periard was 11-10 with a 4.06 ERA in 26 starts and one relief appearance between Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.
- Right-hander Mark Rogers and left-hander Chris Capuano, as expected, will begin camp on closely-monitored throwing programs.
Rogers, another recent addition to the 40-man roster, has missed the past two seasons because of shoulder issues and Capuano, who is back with the Brewers on a Minor League contract, is rehabbing from his second career Tommy John surgery. The Brewers hope Capuano is ready to pitch by May 1 or so.
Because so many Brewers position players have reported to camp early, only nine players will have to undergo physicals on Wednesday, prior to the team’s first full-squad workout.