Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Brewer Daily News. The Milwaukee Brewers have now added once again to their disabled list with Chris Narveson being the latest player. In the second bit of news, Jim Henderson is now in as the closer. Lastly, the Brewers snapped their losing streak yesterday afternoon.
Narveson’s addition to the disabled list now increases the injured list to seven. A sprained middle finger is what caused Narveson’s trip to the DL and he’ll look to come back faster after missing 2012 due to season ending shoulder surgery.
With Narveson gone temporarily, the Brewers will look to bring up Blake Lalli. Since Lalli is not on the Brewers’ 40-man roster, Corey Hart will be transferred to the 60-day DL in order to make room for him. This move will make Hart eligible to come back at the end of May.
Secondly this morning, John Axford will be given some time off from the closer role to regain his composition. In his place will be Henderson, who acquired a total of three saves last season.
“I told him that I want him to be our closer,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “How we think is the best way to get him [Axford] back in that role is pretty much what we did with him last year.” – via Brewers.com
Axford has only pitched in 2 2/3 innings this season while having a 20.25 ERA and one blown save. The bullpen hasn’t been as sharp as many were hoping it would be, but it is still very early in the season. It’s unsure how long Henderson will hold the position, but it seems to be a temporary move.
Last but not least, the Brewers beat the Cubs yesterday 7-4. Marco Estrada started for the Brew Crew and looked rather strong. Estrada lasted seven innings while giving up two runs, five hits and struck out six. Brandon Kintzler would pitch in the 9th and give up two runs before handing the ball to Henderson who acquired his first save of 2013. Edwin Jackson started for Chicago and got tagged with five runs in six innings while striking out six. Estrada received the win and Jackson the loss.
Martin Maldonado had a big day at the plate with a three-run double in the 1st inning and overall went 3-for-5. Also driving in runs were Ryan Braun, Alex Gonzalez, Yuniesky Betancourt and even Estrada.