Good morning everyone and welcome to another edition of Brewer Daily News. This Tuesday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers will be moving forward without Mark Rogers, who may end up on the disabled list once the season starts. In the second bit of news this morning, the Oakland A’s beat the Brew Crew in a close game yesterday afternoon.
For Rogers, 27, he’ll more than likely begin the 2013 season on the DL. All spring, Rogers has battled arm problems that have caused a dip in his velocity and overall strength. While cautious, manager Ron Roenicke remains positive on the situation.:
“The nice thing is he threw great for us last year, and he hasn’t had any injuries that would get you to question whether this thing is going to come back. I think he’s going to get his velocity back. I feel very confident about that.” – via Brewers.com
Rogers was one of the few pitchers competing for a starting rotation job, but with his arm acting up, he wasn’t selected. In Spring Training, Rogers has an ERA of 7.00 in four games pitched with 12 walks and only three strikeouts. His struggles had become a tad concerning for the team and it may be awhile until we see Rogers in a vital spot.
Secondly, the Brewers lost in a 9-7 game to the A’s yesterday. Chris Narveson started for the Brew Crew and got tagged with the loss. Narveson only went 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, eight hits and walked five while striking out two. Michael Gonzalez pitched an inning of relief for Milwaukee and gave up one run and two hits. After Gonzalez, prospect Donovan Hand pitched two innings and gave up two runs, four hits and struck out one. Bartolo Colon got the win and Pedro Figueroa got the save for Oakland.
Offensively, the Brewers were helped out by hits from Logan Schafer, Mitch Haniger, Khristopher Davis, Caleb Gindl, Sean Halton and Nick Shaw. In the top of the fourth inning, Schafer stole home. After the game, Gindl was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Chris Young hit a grand slam for the A’s while teammates Josh Donaldson and Scott Sizemore both went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBIs a piece.
Today the Brewers have an off day before taking on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.