Good morning everyone and welcome again to another edition of Brewer Daily News. This Wednesday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers now have two players on the disabled list heading into Opening Day, Mark Rogers being the first and Taylor Green the other. In the second bit of news, manager Ron Roenicke has all but confirmed that Logan Schafer will be the fourth and back-up outfielder for the team.
Green, who was battling for a utility infield spot will find himself on the DL retroactive to Friday. In Spring Training, Green played in 15 games and hit a shabby .139 with four RBIs and 12 strikeouts. During his time with Team Canada during the World Baseball Classic, Green hit .286 with four hits and scored three runs.
As for Rogers who was placed on the DL retroactive to Monday, Roenicke had this to say:
“There’s no issues, which is a good thing. There’s not shoulder or elbow issues, it’s just building up arm strength. For some reason, some guys take longer. I don’t know why that is.” – via Brewers.com
It’s uncertain how long both players will be out, but the Brewers will want to try to avoid injuries as that was the plague surrounding the team last season.
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Roenicke said that Schafer will be a part of the team come Opening Day. Schafer, who has been taking his position with a grain of salt, said this regarding his job as the back-up:
“Your mind-set just has to change and you have to understand a few extra facets of being in the corner. You’ve got to make sure you know where you have to be and attack certain things.” – via The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Schafer has been doing well in Spring Training so far, hitting .268 with seven RBIs, four walks and three stolen bases. With Carlos Gomez getting an extension, Schafer won’t have much of a chance to start, but he’ll be able to use talents to help the outfield with his versatility.