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Milwaukee Brewers Roster Report 2009-04-11


Milwaukee Brewers Roster Report 2009-04-11
RHP Trevor Hoffman was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with a right oblique strain. In his absence, RHP Carlos Villanueva will handle the closing duties. OF Tony Gwynn Jr. was placed on outright waivers and cleared, then was sent to Class AAA Nashville. That means OF Chris Duffy won a bench job. And 3B Mike Lamb was released, with INF Casey McGehee claiming that reserve role.

PLAYER NEWS:

--RHP Trevor Hoffman, who opened the season on the DL (oblique strain), is expected to start throwing off a mound again in the next couple of days. Hoffman is eligible to come off the DL Saturday (April 11) but is probably a couple of weeks away from that.

--SS J.J. Hardy has not prospered since manager Ken Macha dropped him from second to fifth in the batting order in the final days of spring training. Hardy has only one hit in 17 at-bats. "I'd like to stick with it," Macha said of the switch that moved RF Corey Hart from fifth to second.

--RHP Braden Looper was not sharp in his Brewers debut Friday but was effective. Despite allowing five hits and four walks, throwing 97 pitches in five innings, Looper allowed only one run in what became a 4-3 victory. "In the past, I had to learn how to pitch without my best stuff," he said. "I feel I did that today."

--RHP Carlos Villanueva is off to a strong start as the interim closer. He recorded a save in his first appearance in San Francisco and a victory Friday against Chicago when he entered in the ninth with the Brewers trailing, 3-2. Villanueva has faced six batters and retired them all.

MEDICAL WATCH:

RHP Trevor Hoffman (right oblique strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 27. He hopes to return before the end of April.

INF Craig Counsell (torn meniscus in right knee) opted not to have arthroscopic surgery and has remained on the active roster.

ROTATION:

1. RHP Jeff Suppan

2. RHP Yovani Gallardo

3. LHP Manny Parra

4. RHP Braden Looper

5. RHP Dave Bush

BULLPEN:

RHP Carlos Villanueva (closer)

RHP Seth McClung

LHP Mitch Stetter

RHP David Riske

RHP Todd Coffey

RHP Jorge Julio

RHP Mark DiFelice

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

RESERVES:

C Mike Rivera

INF Craig Counsell

INF Casey McGehee

OF Chris Duffy

OF Brad Nelson


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 11, 2009

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