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Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: IL-bound to open year
Manager Craig Counsell confirmed Nelson (shoulder) will open the season on the injured list, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
This was expected, as the Brewers are proceeding cautiously with Nelson after he missed the entire 2018 season recovering from shoulder surgery. The good news is that the right-hander should be able to pitch at Triple-A San Antonio to begin the season, rather than staying at extended spring training to get up to speed. He'll make a couple of starts with the Missions before being reevaluated.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Josh Tomlin: Approaching opt-out deadline
The Brewers are expected to make a decision regarding Tomlin in the coming days, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Tomlin's contract apparently includes an opt-out clause that kicks in later in the week. He owns a lackluster 4.80 ERA and 9:2 K:BB through 15 innings this spring, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him part ways with the Brewers in search of another major-league opportunity, should Milwaukee choose to leave him off its 40-man roster.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Josh Fields: Latches on with Brewers
Fields signed a minor-league contract with the Brewers on Tuesday.
Fields will join the Brewers in major-league camp after being designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Dodgers earlier in the month. He's expected to open the season in the minors, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but seeing as the veteran reliever owns a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 115:34 K:BB across 117.1 innings over the last three seasons, he should eventually factor into the bullpen picture for Milwaukee.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jeremy Jeffress: Bullpen on tap
Manager Craig Counsell said Jeffress (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Thursday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Jeffress is making solid progress as he works back from a bout of shoulder soreness, but Counsell confirmed Tuesday that the right-hander won't have enough time to get up to speed before the start of the season. With Jeffress expected to open the year on the injured list, Josh Hader and Alex Claudio, among others, will be tasked with primary setup duties. The veteran reliever will continue to work in Arizona until he's cleared for game action, which will hopefully happen in mid-to-late April, per Haudricourt.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Deolis Guerra: Returned to minors camp
Guerra was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday.
Guerra was unable to carve out a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster despite posting a respectable 3.38 ERA and 6:1 K:BB through 5.2 innings this spring. He'll provide pitching depth for Milwaukee in 2019.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Hernan Perez: Snaps out of spring slump
Perez went 2-for-3 with two runs in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers.
Perez tallied three home runs and nine RBI over his first five games this spring, but he really struggled in between that stretch and Sunday's contest, tallying just three hits and one RBI over eight games. Perez's versatility all but guarantees him a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster, and he will likely open in the super-utility role he has held down for a while.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Keston Hiura: Hot spring continues
Hiura went 1-for-2 with a three-run double in Sunday's spring game against the Dodgers.
Hiura just missed a grand slam when he hit a go-ahead, bases-clearing double in the eighth inning of Sunday's contest, but he still raised his RBI total to 13 and OPS to .921. Despite the hot spring, Hiura is bound to open the season in the minor leagues, as the Brewers are stocked with veterans in the infield and Hiura has not yet seen action above the Double-A level. Still, he remains the club's top prospect and has a chance to make his big-league debut this season. Exactly when that could occur will depend on several items, though, with all of service-time deadlines, injuries, and how well Hiura hits over the next few months factoring into the decision.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Zach Davies: Mechanical adjustment goes awry
Davies attempted a small mechanical tweak in his spring start Sunday, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and was tagged for six earned runs over 2.2 innings.
Davies did not disclose exactly what he attempted, but said, "My stuff wasn't nearly the same as it has been the whole camp. Everything was flat, everything was up," so it's clear things did not go as anticipated. Davies said afterward that he "felt really good" in his outings prior to Sunday's, and will ditch the adjustment he tried to make. Davies now owns an unsightly 7.88 ERA over six appearances this spring, but given that he started 61 games for the Brewers across the 2016-17 seasons before being plagued by injuries last year, he's still likely to break camp with a spot in the team's rotation.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Manny Pina: Over knee issue
Pina (knee) has been cleared to return to Cactus League action, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Pina is good to go after being withheld from Cactus League play for a few days due to a tweaked knee. The backstop isn't in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, though he should be available off the bench if needed.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Adrian Houser: Sent to minor-league camp
Houser was optioned to minor-league camp Sunday.
This isn't all too surprising after Houser was granted a fourth minor-league option earlier in the offseason. The right-hander put together a solid spring, compiling a 2.16 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 8.1 innings, but will head to the minors to open the season. Houser is expected to stretch out to start for Triple-A San Antonio.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jacob Nottingham: Returns to minors
Nottingham was optioned to Triple-A San Antonio on Sunday.
Nottingham figured to battle for backup catching reps in spring training, but the signing of Yasmani Grandal in January sent him on a likely path back to the minors. The 23-year-old saw brief action with the Brewers in 2018 (4-for-20 in nine games) and had a .281/.347/.528 slash line with 10 home runs over 50 games at Triple-A.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Burch Smith: Sent to minors
Smith was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday.
Smith made 38 appearances (six starts) with the Royals in 2018 and had an ugly 6.92 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 77:40 K:BB across 78 innings. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the 28-year-old will stretch out as a starter at Triple-A San Antonio.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Eric Thames: Bat heating up
Thames is 7-for-20 with two home runs and five RBI across his last eight games.
Thames got off to a slow start in spring training but has begun to find his stroke since missing a game with a foot bruise. Jesus Aguilar will begin the season as the starter at first base while Thames is the top backup and bench bat, while he could also see some time in the corner outfield locales.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Allows one unearned run
Nelson (shoulder) struck out four and gave up one unearned run on two hits across three innings during Saturday's spring game against the Rockies.
Nelson made his spring debut with one inning Monday but looked significantly better during his second outing. The Brewers already announced the 29-year-old won't be present on the Opening Day roster after he missed the entire 2018 season, but extending to three innings is nonetheless a significant step towards his return. Nelson has no specified timeline for his return but should continue to ramp up his workload as spring training reaches it's closing stages.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Mario Feliciano: Good to go for 2019 season
Feliciano (shoulder) is slated to catch and bat third Saturday in a minor-league game for High-A Carolina.
Feliciano's time in the Arizona Fall League was cut short after he required arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, but his availability for game action this spring suggests he has made a full recovery. The 20-year-old is considered the top catching prospect in the Brewers organization but is unlikely to arrive in the big leagues for at least a couple more years.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Mauricio Dubon: Back in action as DH
Dubon (illness) will serve as the designated hitter Saturday in a minor-league game with Triple-A San Antonio.
Dubon's availability for the contest confirms that he's continued to progress well in his recovery from an intestinal illness and should be ready to go when San Antonio starts its regular season in April. The 24-year-old will probably make his MLB debut at some point in 2019 but isn't likely to be anything more than a utility man.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Josh Tomlin: Back on track
Tomlin allowed one earned run over four innings of relief in Friday's spring game against the Padres.
Tomlin was tagged for six earned runs over three innings in a March 3 appearance, but he has been much sharper since, allowing just one hit and a walk over five innings on March 9 before delivering Friday's results. Tomlin is competing for a spot in the Brewers' rotation and is seemingly on the outside looking in, but he certainly put his best foot forward his last two times out.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Brandon Woodruff: Making strong case for rotation
Woodruff allowed two hits and struck out seven over five scoreless innings Friday against San Diego.
Woodruff has yet to allow a run this spring, and he's fanned 12 batters through nine innings (three starts). The 26-year-old figures to remain in a battle for a rotation spot with Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta, as all three players have performed well to this point.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jacob Barnes: Good results this spring
Barnes allowed two unearned runs over 0.2 innings in Thursday's spring game against the Angels.
Barnes is competing for a spot in the Brewers' bullpen and has had an interesting spring, posting a 5:1 K:BB and allowing just one earned run over 3.2 innings (2.45 ERA), but also giving up three unearned runs. He has been effective enough and is experienced enough to break camp with the big club, but the Brewers have numerous pitchers who are out of options while Barnes has one remaining, which certainly will not work in his favor when decision time comes.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jesus Aguilar: Homers in spring game
Aguilar hit a solo home run and drew a walk in a spring game against the Angels on Thursday.
Aguilar is seeing the ball well this spring, going 8-for-24 (.333) while walking three times and striking out just five. He and fellow first baseman Eric Thames are both hitting well this spring, and it's likely both players will see action at first base for the Brewers out of the gate. Aguilar is the favorite to see the majority of the starts, however, after breaking out for 35 home runs and 108 RBI in 149 games a year ago.... See More ... See Less