Posted on: March 4, 2012 4:58 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans
Brewers right fielder Corey Hart could miss opening day for the second consecutive season.
Hart will have surgery on his right knee to repair a meniscus tear and will be out three-to-four weeks, Milwaukee assistant GM Gord Ash told reporters (via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel).
"The tough part is that he will miss the at-bats here," Ash said. "But it could have been worse."
Hart had an MRI on Sunday and Ash said Hart would have the surgery sometime this week.
Last season Hart started the season on the disabled list with a strained oblique. Hart, who will turn 30 later this month, didn't play his first game last season until April 26. He did play 130 games, hitting .285/.356/.510 with 26 home runs.
Hart was a late scratch for Sunday's exhibtion game with swelling on his knee. Second baseman Rickie Weeks was also held out with right-shoulder tightness, but his injury wasn't seen as serious.
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Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:16 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 2:13 pm
The Brewers have gone all-in this season, trading what was left of their farm system to Kansas City to get Zack Greinke. Part of the reason the Brewers are going for it in 2011 is that the team knows it's the last year Prince Fielder is likely to be in Milwaukee. It could also be the last season of second baseman Rickie Weeks.
Weeks has filed for arbitration and is asking for $7.2 million, while the Brewers offered $4.85 million. The two sides had been seeking a multiyear deal, but are now focusing on just a one-year contract.
Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash told MLB.com's Adam McCalvy that the two sides agreed to table the talks for a multi-year deal "to focus on a one-year deal but keep the options open in terms of revisiting a one-year deal," Ash said.
Weeks made $2.75 million in 2010 and produced for Milwaukee -- hitting .269/.366/.464 with 29 home runs, 83 RBI and 11 stolen bases, playing in 160 games. He led the National League in plate appearances in the year after he managed to play 37 games. Before 2010, he'd never played in 130 games in one season. The oddity of the arbitration process -- and the proof that it's very much in the favor of the players -- is that Weeks received a raise after his 2009 season when he had just 162 plate appearances.
Ash said the Brewers and Weeks' agent, Greg Genske, differed on both years and dollars for the 28-year old.
"There's a lot of negotiating that has to go on," Ash said. "He's looking at the player RIckie was this year and [assuming] he will be that going forward. Clearly, Rickie is a player we really value in terms of his dedication and his professionalism and his approach to the game, but we've had some uneven history here in terms of performance. … if there's a belief on Genske's side that Rickie Weeks is similar to Dan Uggla, then we're going to have a problem."
Weeks had an Uggla-like 2010, but will need another one in 2011 to even sniff Uggla-like money.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
Posted on: October 30, 2010 10:19 pm
There have been plenty of reports that the Brewers have decided to hire Bobby Valentine, but the Journal Sentinel 's Tom Haudricourt throws a "not so fast" into the fire .
Haudricourt writes that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio passed on a message to him that the Brewers haven't made a decision yet. He goes on to write that Attanasio hasn't had time to meet with general manager Doug Melvin and assistant Gord Ash to make the final decision.
According to Haudricourt, none of the final four -- Valentine, Bob Melvin, Joey Cora and Ron Roenicke -- have been eliminated yet.
Still, it will hardly be a surprise if Valentine is the pick. If the announcement isn't Tuesday, it will be after the World Series.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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Posted on: July 6, 2010 7:38 pm
The Brewers have placed right-hander Yovani Gallardo on the disabled list and the team activated left-hander Doug Davis.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' s Anthony Witrado , Gallardo had more tightness in his left oblique area than he was comfortable with and was placed on the disabled list.
General manager Gord Ash told Witardo it was a "safety first" decision.
Gallardo will be available to come off the disabled list on July 20 in Pittsburgh. The Brewers had planned on bringing outfielder Lorenzo Cain to Milwaukee, but he never made it and the team needed to keep more pitchers on staff because of the recent strain on the bullpen.
Gallardo suffered the injury in the third inning of Sunday's game with the Cardinals, the same day he learned he'd made his first All-Star team. Manager Ken Macha said Monday that Gallardo would be unavailable for the All-Star Game , even if he wasn't placed on the DL.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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