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Milwaukee Brewers Roster Report 2009-03-29


Milwaukee Brewers Roster Report 2009-03-29
The Brewers had a long list of injuries in the first half of camp, but it was paired down toward the end to just two important players -- RHP Trevor Hoffman, the closer, and LF Ryan Braun. Hoffman appeared headed to the disabled list with an oblique strain, but Braun was expected to work through his intercostal tightness. Without Hoffman, somebody will have to step up to pitch the ninth inning or it could be a rough start for the Brewers.

ROTATION:

1. RHP Jeff Suppan

2. RHP Yovani Gallardo

3. LHP Manny Parra

4. RHP Braden Looper

5. RHP Dave Bush

ROTATION ANALYSIS: Some wondered why manager Ken Macha would go at the top with Suppan, who slipped badly at the end of last season. But Macha doesn't want to put the pressure of "No. 1" on Gallardo or Parra, two young pitchers who have that potential down the road.

Looper fell behind early in camp with an oblique strain, and RHP Seth McClung was stretched to serve as his substitute if necessary. But Looper appears on target to be ready for the start of the season, so McClung will shift to a relief role.

BULLPEN:

RHP Trevor Hoffman (closer)

RHP Seth McClung

RHP Carlos Villanueva

LHP Mitch Stetter

RHP David Riske

RHP Todd Coffey

RHP Jorge Julio

BULLPEN ANALYSIS: The Brewers signed Hoffman during the offseason to fill a huge void in the ninth inning, but he strained an oblique early in camp and missed much of the exhibition season. He appears headed for the DL, which means either McClung or Villanueva might get a shot to close.

Riske, who had elbow surgery in September, looked awful in exhibition play, leaving some to wonder if he was healthy. Coffey and Stetter had solid springs, but Julio was up and down. The relief corps in general had club officials nervous.

LINEUP:

1. 2B Rickie Weeks

2. SS J.J. Hardy

3. LF Ryan Braun

4. 1B Prince Fielder

5. RF Corey Hart

6. 3B Bill Hall

7. CF Mike Cameron

8. C Jason Kendall

LINEUP ANALYSIS: The Brewers are in the unusual position of having all eight position players back, a rarity in the big leagues. Hall evolved into a platoon player last year because he stopped hitting right-handed pitching, but manager Ken Macha said Hall would get the chance to prove he should play every day.

Hardy and Hart were having huge springs, and they provide nice pop at their positions. Weeks has been an underachiever in the leadoff spot and might be heading into a make-or-break season. This lineup has power, but six of the starting eight also struck out at least 100 times last season.

RESERVES:

C Mike Rivera

INF Craig Counsell

OF Brad Nelson

OF Tony Gwynn Jr.

INF Mike Lamb

RESERVES ANALYSIS: The final spots were not assured with a week still remaining in camp. OF Chris Duffy was still in the running, but Nelson and Gwynn were out of options, which gave them an edge to make the roster.

INF Casey McGehee was having one of the best camps of any player and had a chance to unseat Lamb for the second infield spot. But McGehee had a minor league option remaining, which could prompt the Brewers to send him down and ensure their depth.

ROOKIE WATCH: With all eight regulars returning and no rookie pitchers ready to contribute in the majors, the Brewers had no sure-fire rookie of the year candidates as the season approached. But SS Alcides Escobar showed once again in camp he is a fabulous fielder and constantly improving player destined to arrive in the majors in the not-so-distant future. If things go awry at third base, Casey McGehee also could step in and make an impact.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Trevor Hoffman (oblique strain) was shut down completely and appeared headed to the disabled list.

LF Ryan Braun (intercostal tightness) sat out a couple of games with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, and the Brewers wanted him to get past this problem before it got worse.

INF Craig Counsell (right knee swelling) was day-to-day as of March 27.

RHP Braden Looper (oblique strain) was completely recovered, and he rejoined the rotation on March 26.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 29, 2009

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