Good morning everyone and welcome to the Sunday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday, the Milwaukee Brewers removed starting pitcher Mark Rogers from the 40-man roster, which will let him explore free agency. In the second bit of news, last night the Brewers (59-76) lost late to the Los Angeles Angels (62-72).
Rogers, 27, missed the 2013 season with the team as he spent the year in the minors. In Spring Training, it was clear that Rogers was having problems with his velocity and he just never rebounded to be on the 25-man roster.
“We just talked to him [Friday], told him to finish his season in Brevard, go home after that and we’ll be in touch,” Brewers’ assistant general manager Gord Ash said. – via Brewers.com
The last major league appearance for Rogers was in a win on August 31, 2012 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In his major league career, Rogers pitched in 11 games with an ERA of 3.49, a record of 3-1 and had 52 strikeouts in 49 innings. Rogers will be a free agent once the World Series ends later this season.
Last night the Brewers dropped a 6-5 game to the Angels. Marco Estrada made the start for Milwaukee and did well, but did not factor into a decision. Estrada went seven innings and surrendered four runs on nine hits, one walk and struck out eight.
Out of the bullpen for the Brewers, Brandon Kintzler pitched a scoreless eighth while closer Jim Henderson gave up a two-run homer to Hank Conger in the ninth, receiving his fourth blown save and loss.
For the Angels, Jerome Williams made the start and performed well, but also received a no-decision. Williams pitched six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits, one walk and struck out two.
Jonathan Lucroy got the ball rolling for the Brew Crew’s offense in the first inning when he smacked a two-run double to right field. In the third, Aramis Ramirez hit an RBI double that scored Lucroy.
Today the Brewers will look to avoid getting swept in the final game of the series at 2:10 p.m. ET / 1:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.36 ERA) for Los Angeles and Kyle Lohse (9-8, 3.39 ERA) for Milwaukee.