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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:18 am

Macha says Braun, Fielder wouldn't listen

Ken Macha is out as the Brewers' manager, and he didn't seem to dismiss the whispers that it was because of his strained relationship with starts Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder.

The Journal Sentinel 's Anthony Witrado caught up with Macha on the phone Monday, and when asked about his relationship with the team's two biggest stars, Macha didn't hold back:
“If the effort wasn’t reciprocated, then there’s not a whole lot I can do about it. You can’t force guys to do that,” Macha said. “Some guys were open to discussion and some guys weren’t, I guess, but that’s the same with every club.

“I talked a lot to Ryan, almost every day, but he does his own thing. He’s going to do what he wants to do.

“With Prince, I think he had some issues this year to deal with, the contract probably being the main thing, and at times he was hard to talk to. I don’t know if there were any guys on the staff that talked a whole lot to him this year.

“Those are the two guys, but the rest of the guys it was all positive. I opened up to (Braun and Fielder) but you have to have a back and forth. The faces of the franchise, that’s what they are.”
In the end, it wasn't Fielder or Braun that betrayed Macha, it was the team's lack of pitching.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 22, 2010 9:57 am

Edmonds' career may be over

Could Jim Edmonds' 393rd home run have been the most bittersweet -- and last -- of his career?

Edmonds, who had already contemplated retiring during his recent DL stint for an oblique strain, homered for the second time in his four games back from the DL on Tuesday night. But as Edmonds jogged around the bases, it became clear his legs weren't under him and at one point he had to start skipping to get home. Afterward, Edmonds said he thought he might have torn his right Achilles tendon that has bothered him for much of this season.

Jim Edmonds "Something popped when I was running around the bases," Edmonds told's Mark Sheldon . "The first couple of steps, I felt like I completely popped it. I was just worried about what my next step was going to feel like. I had to slow down for a second. I realized my foot wasn't falling off and I tried to keep jogging. It was pretty painful. It was just the same battle all year long. It gets better, it gets worse. This was the first time it's really popped or felt like it tore. We'll see what happens."

Edmonds was originally in the lineup in center field, but Joey Votto was a late scratch with a sinus infection, moving Edmonds to first. Miguel Cairo replaced Edmonds.

Edmonds didn't play last season before returning with the Brewers this season. The 40-year old was traded to the Reds on Aug. 9 and played in nine games with Cincinnati before his first DL stint. The Reds hoped he'd be able to add some pop to their bench for the postseason -- but not this kind of pop.

Before hearing just how serious the injury was, former teammate Ryan Braun joked that Edmonds was jus trying to end his career on top.

"He was just waiting to hit a home run and call it a career," Milwaukee's Ryan Braun said. "Hit a homer and job into the sunset. … He'll be back for the postseason, I think. I know Jimmy."

However, watching the way Edmonds  had to hobble around the bases, it seems Braun's first instinct will be closer to the truth than his hope Edmonds can return. He will be examined today, with more information known then. Still, it looked as if he's rounded the bases for the last time.

If it is the end, Edmonds finishes as probably just a tick below the Hall of Fame level, but certainly worth discussion. For his career, he hit .284/.376/.527 with 393 home runs and 1,199 RBI. His career OPS+ is 132 and according to FanGraphs has a career WAR of 68.2. Edmonds was also one of the best defensive -- or at least most exciting -- center fielders of this generation, winning eight Gold Gloves and making four All-Star teams.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 12, 2010 1:09 am

Braun to return to Brewers' lineup

Ryan Braun Ryan Braun will be back in the Brewers lineup on Thursday, Milwaukee manager Ken Macha told's Adam McCalvy .

"He's going to play," Macha said. "After he took batting practice, he came up to me and said, 'I'll be ready to go tomorrow.'"

Braun hasn't started since suffered a strained left wrist Sunday against Houston. Braun pinch-ran in Tuesday's game and pinch-hit on Wednesday. He struck out with bases loaded.

Braun is hitting .289/.343/.463 with 16 home runs and 68 RBI.

As recently as Monday the Brewers were scrounging for healthy outfielders, but pretty soon it could be very crowded. Corey Hart (back) was back in the lineup on Wednesday, Braun is on the way back and Carlos Gomez is expected to start a rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville on Friday and would return soon looking for playing time alongside rookie Lorenzo Cain and recently-acquired Chris Dickerson.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 10, 2010 7:55 pm

Braun unsure of when he will return

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun said he doesn't know how long he'll be out with his sprained right wrist.

Braun hurt the wrist Sunday against Houston before missing Monday's game with Arizona and tonight's game, as well. The Brewers are also without right fielder Corey Hart (back).

"I never want to put a timetable on something because you never know," Braun told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt . "Every injury is different; every injury is unique. You never know how your body is going to respond or what's going to happen."

The Brewers did get reinforcements, as Chris Dickerson was in the starting lineup, playing center field. Dickerson was acquired in Monday's trade with Cincinnati for Jim Edmonds.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2010 12:32 pm

Brewers running short on outfielders

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun had his left wrist examined by team doctors on Monday and was out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Diamondbacks.

Braun hit his wrist against Houston first baseman Brett Wallace while beating out an infield single on Sunday. He stayed in the game, but went hitless in his last two at-bats.

When Braun got to the ballpark on Monday, he told manager Ken Macha he couldn't play, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt writes .

The team expects to hear a prognosis on Braun later tonight.

Milwaukee was also without right fielder Corey Hart, suffering from lower back stiffness. Hart left Sunday's game in the sixth inning.

"I probably shouldn't have tried to play yesterday," Hart told Haudricourt. "It was tight before the game, and I probably over-stretched trying to get it loose. That just made it worse."

The Brewers were also without Jim Edmonds, who was traded to Cincinnati and his replacement, Chris Dickerson, had missed his flight from Cincinnati and wasn't available at gamete. Shortstop Alcides Escobar started in right, with Craig Counsell at shortstop.

UPDATE: Good news for the Brewers, it's a wrist strain and contusion for Braun. His status is day to day .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:01 pm

Venters, Cox suspended for hitting Fielder

Jonny Venters Major League Baseball has suspended Braves left-hander Jonny Venters four games and manager Bobby Cox one, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Venters threw back-to-back pitches at Prince Fielder in Saturday's game against the Brewers. He was warned after the first one went over Fielder's head and was successful, hitting Fielder in the back, with the second.

Bob Watson wrote Cox was suspended for "the intentional actions of Venters after a warning had been issued to the pitcher following the first intentional pitch thrown at Fielder."

After the game, Venters (and Cox) denied the actions were intentional, even though it was the second consecutive game Fielder was plunked. In Friday's game he was hit following a Ryan Braun homer and Saturday's came in the next at-bat following his own homer.

Brewers manager Ken Macha said he complained to MLB about his players getting hit too often. Brewers have been hit 47 times, the most in the majors.

Neither of the balls that hit Fielder looked as if they were being targeted anywhere near the plate. On Friday, Tommy Hanson's 92 mph fastball hit the Brewers' first baseman on the thigh. Saturday, Venters hit Fielder with a 94 mph fastball between the 2 and 8 on Fielder's back after Fielder was able to duck out of the way of the previous pitch. Macha certainly has a right to defend his players. Rickie Weeks has been hit 17 times, the tops in the majors, and Fielder is third with 14.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:07 pm

NL voting update

Major League Baseball just released the latest batch of National League All-Star voting results, and the leaders at each position remained unchanged.

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols surpassed Phillies second baseman Chase Utley for the overall vote lead, now ahead of him by about 100,000 votes. The closest race is at catcher, where the Cardinals' Yadier Molina is about 88,000 votes ahead of the Braves' Brian McCann.

Braves rookie outfielder Jason Heyward is in position to be the second of three starters, but is less than 3,000 votes from the top spot, held by the Brewers' Ryan Braun.

-- David Andriesen

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