Hello again everyone and welcome to the Monday morning edition of Brewer Daily News. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the news from the past week and reviewing what all happened in the world of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Last Tuesday, Brewers’ MVP and All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun was reinstated from the restricted list after being banned in July for 65 games due to taking an illegal substance. Braun’s move to the 40-man roster eliminates another opening for the team as they try to fill the last remaining voids. In 2013, Braun played in 61 games and hit .298/.372/.498 with nine homers and 38 RBIs
As the Brewers try to fill those voids, general manager Doug Melvin talked about re-signing free-agent first baseman Corey Hart. While Hart has said in the past that he is willing to take a discount to come back with the team, Melvin said that the organization would “check in” on the situation later.
Melvin did talk about first base free-agents Justin Morneau and James Loney, but did not say if the team will pursue either player. The New York Mets have expressed interest in Hart as they are currently looking for a first baseman.
The Brewers did sign Elian Herrera off of waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers last Monday. Herrera, 28, made his debut in 2012 for the Dodgers as a utility man and will look to fulfill that role once again with the Brewers going forward. For his career, Herrera is a .251/.336/.328 hitter with one home run and 17 RBIs in 71 games played.
In the Arizona Fall League, the Surprise Saguaros (16-10-1) broke even in the past week going 3-3. The Brewers’ pitching prospects have done well, but starter Taylor Jungmann was tagged for four runs in 2 1/3 innings in a start last Wednesday.
Reliever Tyler Cravy has been the most called upon Brewers’ bullpen guy and in the last week, he’s allowed only one unearned run in 3 2/3 innings. David Goforth picked up a save in 3 1/3 innings while Kevin Shackelford has only had one appearance since last Monday in which he pitched a perfect inning.
Offensively, outfielder Mitch Haniger has cooled off, only going 5-for-23 (.217) since last week. Outfielder Jason Rogers only played in two games and was 5-for-8 while catcher Adam Weisenburger went 2-for-4 in one game during the past week.
Later today the Saguaros will head to Scottsdale to take on the Scorpions (10-17) for a game at 2:35 p.m. ET / 1:35 p.m. CT. After today, the six teams will only have three remaining games until the league concludes on Thursday.