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PHOENIX — After emerging from a rebuild to be surprise contenders last season, the Brewers know they will play under the weight of expectations in 2018. And that was before they bolstered the outfield with Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.

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PHOENIX — After emerging from a rebuild to be surprise contenders last season, the Brewers know they will play under the weight of expectations in 2018. And that was before they bolstered the outfield with Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich.

Now, can they take the next step under that weight?

“Realistically, I don’t think any of us expected to be here this quickly,” said outfielder Ryan Braun, the team’s longest tenured player. “It’s a good place to be. I think it’s motivating and inspiring to all of us to know we’re coming into a season with expectations to win, with a front office and ownership group that now expects us to win. That’s where you hope to be as players.”

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It was with the promise of winning in mind that Braun agreed to give first base a try this spring. Getting some at-bats there during the regular season could help manager Craig Counsell spread time to Cain, Yelich and Domingo Santana in the outfield.

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Has the project been rejuvenating?

“More than anything, it’s rejuvenating that we’re expecting to win now and we’re expecting to contend,” Braun said. “The challenge of playing a new position … is a challenge I’m looking forward to.”

What’s the goal?
To get back to the postseason for the first time since 2011, but to do it in a sustainable way. That explains why, at a meeting in Los Angeles of owner Mark Attanasio, general manager David Stearns and assistant GM Matt Arnold early in the offseason, the Brewers decided to bolster their developing core by targeting Cain and Yelich, even though it created something of a logjam in the outfield. The Brewers now control both for the next five years, and consider themselves positioned to be competitive at a time other clubs in the division and the National League are rebuilding.

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Davies excited for 2018 season

What’s the plan?
Stearns is following a plan similar to other analytically minded GMs: Acquire as many good, controllable players as possible. Beyond Cain and Yelich, consider how many other of the club’s cornerstone players are Brewers property beyond the coming season: Starters Jimmy Nelson, Chase Anderson, Zach Davies and Jhoulys Chacin; relievers Corey Knebel and Josh Hader (among others) and position players Travis Shaw, Eric Thames, Santana, Orlando Arcia and more. With the exception of Chacin, a veteran, one can make the case that most of those players are on an upward trajectory in their careers.

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Arcia looking to have fun in ’18

Cain and Yelich represented a bid to improve in two areas: Run prevention and bat to ball skills. Both are plus defenders, which should help the pitching staff, and neither strikes out a lot. The latter trait is needed after the Brewers set Major League Baseball’s all-time team strikeout record in each of the past two seasons.

“Coming into the offseason, going over teams to start the offseason, Milwaukee definitely wasn’t on the list, because I knew they had a good outfield situation,” said Cain, whose professional career began with the Brewers. “I didn’t expect them to call, but once they did, I was definitely open to it and ready to come home. My main goal when I started was to play center field here. I didn’t do it long before I got traded, but now I’m back and ready to do it a little bit longer.”

Video: 30 Clubs in 30 Days: Cain excited to join Brewers

What could go wrong?
Much is riding on Nelson returning to his 2017 form, when he threw the same number of innings as Clayton Kershaw with a better Fangraphs WAR (4.9 to 4.6). While some pitchers never come all the way back from labrum injuries, Nelson’s is different in that the tear, suffered diving back to first base in a game at Wrigley Field last September, was in the front of his shoulder, and not in the back from long-term wear. That’s a significant difference, said Nelson after conversations with doctors.

If Nelson suffers a  Marco Estrada Jersey setback along the way, or proves less effective than he was last year, the Brewers could struggle to repeat their mound success from last season, when they ranked ninth in the Majors in ERA. Stearns added Chacin on a two-year deal and took low-risk fliers on veterans Yovani Gallardo and Wade Miley, but Gallardo was released and Miley is now rehabbing a groin injury sustained in extending spring training. The Bre Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 11 Kevin Pillar Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey wers don’t have the firepower of the division-rival Cubs, who added Yu Darvish and Tyler Chatwood to a mix that already had Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana.

Nelson is not the only player in danger of regression. Shaw, Thames, San Kevin Pillar Jersey tana and catcher Manny Pina all had career years in 2017, and are being counted on again this season.

Who could surprise?
Junior Guerra would qualify as a pleasant surprise if he can pitch the way he did in 2016. He skipped winter ball at the Brewers’ request that offseason to rest up for Opening Day, got hurt in the third inning and struggled upon getting healthy. This year, he came to Spring Training with a successful winter season under his belt. The question is whether the Brewers will give him a spot Marcus Stroman Jersey in the rotation.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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SAN DIEGO — They’re snapshots, really. The anticipation of each baseball season lends an aura to Opening Day Marco Estrada Jersey rosters, but they are really just that. A roster for one game on Opening Day.

The Brewers have proved that with personnel moves following a single regular-season game in each of the past two seasons. And still, it looked mighty strange on Wednesday when the team released its list of 25 players who will step to the foul lines on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.

SAN DIEGO — They’re snapshots, really. The anticipation of each baseball season lends an aura to Opening Day rosters, but they are really just that. A roster for one game on Opening Day.

The Brewers have proved that with personnel moves Kevin Pillar Jersey following a single regular-season game in each of the past two seasons. And still, it looked mighty strange on Wednesday when the team released its list of 25 players who will step to the foul lines on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park.

This is it:

Pitchers (11): Matt Albers, Chase Anderson, Jacob Barnes, Jhoulys Chacin, Zach Davies, Oliver Drake, Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel, Brent Suter, Brandon Woodruff

Catchers (2): Jett Bandy, Manny Pina

Infielders (8): Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia, Ji-Man Choi, Hernan Perez, Travis Shaw, Eric Sogard, Eric Thames, Jonathan Villar

Outfielders (4): Ryan Braun, Lorenzo Cain, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich

Disabled list: Boone Logan, Jimmy Nelson, Stephen Vogt

Yes, that is four first basemen and only 11 pitchers, after talk all spring that the Brewers would carry 13 pitchers for much of the coming year, and angst about whether they could keep out-of-options Aguilar or spring star Choi, with Braun joining Thames in the first base pool. In the end, all four of those players  Blue Jays Jersey Red made the cut.

The final subtractions were relievers J.J. Hoover and Taylor Williams. Hoover, who was charged with one earned run in 10 Cactus League appearances, was a victim of being on a Minor League contract, and will be assigned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Williams, who also had a stellar camp, was optioned to Triple-A.

In the interest of preserving depth, and to have a reliever ef Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Road Gray Jersey Cheap fective against left-handers to replace the injured Logan, the Brewers went with Drake, who is out of options, for the final bullpen spot.

Why the small relief corps? The Brewers enter the season with a fresh bullpen and an off-day coming Easter Sunday, and Woodruff is available in relief for the first four games. He will exit the bullpen for the starting rotation after Monday’s home opener, the start of a stretch of 20 games in 21 days.

Relief reinforcements will be required, and help could come from outside the organization. General manager David Stearns has made last-minute bullpen additions something of a tradition. Last year, he added Jared Hughes on the eve of Opening Day. The year before that, Carlos Torres.

Now, the Brewers are poised to make it three years in a row.

After they set their roster on Wednesday, MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal reported the Brewers were nearing a deal with left-hander Dan Jennings, who was just released by the Rays. Jennings has a 2.90 ERA over six Major League seasons with the Marlins, White Sox and Rays.

“We’re continuing to explore,” Stearns said. “Obviously, this time of year, there’s a lot of activity. There’s a lot of guys who were either released out of non-roster invite deals or guys who were released out of non-guaranteed Major League deals. I do think we’re getting some traction in that area.”

While they keep working, Choi will enjoy his second Major League Ope Marcus Stroman Jersey ning Day. He made it with the Angels two years ago.

“We thought having the extra position player made sense,” Stearns said. “I don’t know how long we’re going to be able to do this. Clearly, this isn’t something that you can do for long stretches in a Major League season, but Ji-Man had a heck of a spring. The option helps.”

Stearns added, “Ji-Man understands his roster situation. He’s very excited to be on the team on Opening Day. Like any player with options, he understands there is flexibility to go up and down.”

Choi batted .409 in Spring Training with three home runs, including a grand slam.

Video: MIL@LAD: Choi hits a grand slam in the 6th

“This sets our roster for, really, a day. That’s how it works,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But, the major contributors could not be here on that day.”

Counsell himself is a good example. When he scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series, he’d never cracked an Opening Day roster in the Majors.

Counsell didn’t have that experience until the following year.

Was it a bit of a letdown?

“It was, frankly,” he quipped. “It was the ’98 Marlins. We weren’t very good.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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When the offseason began, few envisioned the Padres and Brewers as two of baseball’s biggest movers and spenders. Yet the two clubs will open the season on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park — and they’ll do so with a host of new talent.

First baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed a franchise-record eight-year contract with San Diego in February, will take the field at Petco Park for the first time as a Padre Marco Estrada Jersey . He’ll do so opposite former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee. Cain will be joined in the outfield by Christian Yelich, who arrived via trade with Miami.

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When the offseason began, few envisioned the Padres and Brewers as two of baseball’s biggest movers and spenders. Yet the two clubs will open the season on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park — and they’ll do so with a host of new talent.

First baseman Eric Hosmer, who signed a franchise-record eight-year contract with San Diego in February, will take the field at Petco Park for the first time as a Padre. He’ll do so opposite former Royals teammate Lorenzo Cain, who signed a five-year deal with Milwaukee. Cain will be joined in the outfield by Christian Yelich, who arrived via trade with Miami.

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The Bre Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey wers, a surprise contender in the National League Central last year, already look like a better team on paper than the 86-win squad from 2017.

“Realistically, I don’t think any of Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 25 Marco Estrada Toronto Blue Jays Road Gray Jersey Cheap  us expected to be here this quickly,” said Brewers veteran Ryan Braun. “It’s a good place to be. You want to enter a spring with expectations, and that’s where we are now as an organization. It’s fun, it’s exciting. It’s motivating and inspiring to all of us to know we’re coming into a season with expectations to win.”

With one of baseball’s youngest rosters, the Padres might be a year or two behind the Brewers in their push toward contention. But the Hosmer addition seems to accelerate that path. (Not to mention baseball’s best farm system, according to MLB Pipeline).

“It’s been a blast for me,” Hosmer said. “I almost felt like a rookie in camp, learning new faces. … It’s been fun, it really has. I’m excited to get things going with these guys.”

Thursday’s pitching matchup features Padres left-hander Clayton Richard against Brewers righty Chase Anderson. Anderson posted a 2.74 ERA in 25 games last season, significantly better than Richard’s 4.79 mark over 32 games.

But the Padres believe their veteran sinkerballer will be aided greatly by an improved infield defense. They added shortstop Freddy Galvis via trade with Philadelphia and third baseman Chase Headley in a deal with the Yankees.

Even though both hurlers are past their 30th birthdays, it’s the first Opening Day start for both. Richard called it a “great honor,” and he waxed poetic about the day’s significance.

“The place is full, the sights, the sounds, the smells that we haven’t had for months — it’s a terrific, terrific time,” Richard said. “It’s so America. I don’t know how else to put it. It’s truly special.”

Did you know?

• Braun will start Opening Day at first base because the Brewers are facing a lefty in Richard. He’s also part of the crowded outfield mix Milwaukee developed by adding Cain and Yelich. Braun got the start at first over the lefty-hitting Eric Thames, who launched 31 homers last season.

“This is a pretty good lineup, man,” Cain said. “There’s a lot of guys who can swing the bat.”

It’ll be Braun’s first Major League appearance at first base.

• This year’s Opening Series marks the first time the Padres a Marcus Stroman Jersey nd Kevin Pillar Jersey  Brewers will square off to begin a season. The Padres own a 21-28 all-time record on Opening Day, while the Brewers are 24-23-1, including a 9-10-1 mark since moving to the National League in 1998. Brewers manager Craig Counsell and Padres skipper Andy Green are winless in two Opening Days apiece. Neither team has won an opener since 2014, when the Padres beat the Dodgers and the Brewers blanked the Braves.

• Legendary closer Trevor Hoffman is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Petco Park. Hoffman, who was elected to the Hall of Fame in January, spent 16 seasons with the Padres before finishing his career with two years in Milwaukee.

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Not every rookie will leave his mark on baseball like Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinge Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey r did a year ago, but each club has a prospect or prospects who should crack its big league roster in 2018. Below are MLB Pipeline’s choices for the ro Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey okies who will make the biggest impact on each team in the National League Central.

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Not every rookie will leave his mark on baseball like Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger did a year ago, but each club has a prospect or prospects who should crack its big league roster in 2018. Below are MLB Pipeline’s choices for the rookies who will make the biggest impact on each team in the National League Central.

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Chicago: Victor Caratini, C/1B (No. 8 on Cubs’ Top 30)
Opening Day 2018: Cubs
Chicago’s stacked young lineup is ready for a run at another World Series championship, which won’t leave many at-bats for Caratini. Nevertheless, he beat out veteran Chris Gimenez to win the backup catching job and his ability to play first and third base gives him some versatility. Acquired in a 2014 trade that sent Emilio Bonifacio and James Russell to the Braves, Caratini hit a career-best .342/.393/.558 in Triple-A last year and stands out most with his ability to make repeated line-drive contact from both sides of the plate.

Cincinnati: Jesse Winker, OF (No. 4 on Reds’ Top 30; No. 82 on Top 100)
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He’s hit pretty much everywhere he’s been, including his 121 at-bat big league debut last year. So it should come as no surprise that he’s hit .348/.415/.522 during Spring Training games as he prepares for his first full season in the bigs. He’s part of a four-man outfield now, with Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler, but look for Winker’s bat to force its way into the lineup on a more regular basis.

Video: CIN@COL: Winker plates Hamilton on a single to center

Milwaukee: Brandon Woodruff, RHP (No. 3 on Brewers’ Top 30; No. 96 on Top 100)
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A hamstring injury delayed Woodruff’s big league debut until August, and he pitched to a 4.81 ERA in eight starts once finally healthy. The 25-year-old righty hasn’t been particularly sharp this spring but nonetheless earned a spot in Milwaukee’s Opening Day rotation. Woodruff lacks overpowering stuff but confidently attacks hitters and Joe Carter Jersey mixes his pitches well, resulting in strong ground-ball rates and workhorse profile on the mound.

Video: TEX@MIL: Woodruff gets DeShields looking

Pittsburgh: Colin Moran, 3B (No. 8 on Pirates’ Top 30)
Opening Day 2018: Pirates
Part of the Gerrit Cole trade, Moran will be the Pirates’ regular third baseman after a strong Grapefruit League showing. The Pirates are hoping that his new approach at the plate, with a greater focus on launch angle that led to him hitting 18 homers and Blue Jays Jersey Red  slugging .543 in 79 Triple-A games before fouling a ball off of his face, will lead to consistent power production at the hot corner in Pittsburgh.

St. Louis: Jack Flaherty, RHP (No. 2 on Cards’ Top 30; No. 38 on Top 100)
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Flaherty was dominant across two levels of the Minors in 2017, leading Josh Donaldson Jersey  to his first taste of the big leagues at age 21. Always capable of commanding the baseball well, his stuff ticked up in the last year or two, which has allowed him to miss more bats. He’s going to pitch in a big league rotation for a long time, and due to an injury to Adam Wainwright, Flaherty will begin the Justin Smoak Jersey 2018 season starting Major League games.

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HOUSTON — With several spots in the bullpen still to be determined, the Brewers haven’t set their 25-man Opening Day roster.

“There’s a lot of player movement at this time in the industry, so that’s why every team kind of stays flexible until they absolutely have to,” manager Craig Counsell said before Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Astros in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park.

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HOUSTON — With several spots in the bullpen still to be determined, the Brewers haven’t set their 25-man Opening Day roster.

“There’s a lot of player movement at this time in  Josh Donaldson Jersey the industry, so that’s why every team kind of stays flexible until they absolutely have to,” manager Craig Counsell said before Tuesday’s 8-1 loss to the Astros in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park.

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At the end of Spring Training last year, the club added Justin Smoak Jersey Jared Hughes. The year before, Carlos Torres was a late spring signing.

This year, not counting a pickup before Thursday’s season opener in San Diego, five Brewers are fighting to make the roster to start the 2018 season.

Relievers Taylor Williams, Oliver Drake and J.J. Hoover are competing for two available spots, along with first basemen Jesus Aguilar and Ji-Man Choi. Aguilar and Drake are out of options. Williams and Choi are non-roster invites.

Being on an Opening Day roster is the goal, but players are constantly being called up during the regular season for a variety of reasons.

“Opening Day is an important, symbolic day certainly for the players and standing in [for pregame introductions] means something,” Counsell said. “But we used 50 players last year and we’ll use 50 players again this year most likely. So a lot of the guys that are the last guys to leave are usually the first guys to come back.”

Anderson honored to start
After turning Blue Jays Jersey Red  the corner in 2016, followed by a breakout year in ’17, Chase Anderson‘s career has progressed to where the right-hander will be the Opening Day starter on Thursday against the Padres at Petco Park.

“I was excited and honored to get that nod for the first game,” Anderson said. “You don’t take those lightly. I’ve been progressing in the right direction for a year and a half. It’s going to be fun to start the season off and getting our team off on the right foot. As each hour goes by, it’s getting more exciting.”

Video: LAD@MIL: Anderson talks about his fifth spring start

Adding a curve and a cutter has been instrumental in Anderson’s rise. In 2016, Anderson was 9-11 with a 4.39 ERA and 12-4 with a 2.74 ERA in ’17.

“The curveball has gotten better, the cutter is another weapon for me and my changeup is still there,” said the 30-year-old Anderson. “You have more confidence going out there wh Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey en you have more weapons. When you have that, you build confidence.”

Anderson has added about four miles per hour on his fastball.

“There’s not one thing that I can pinpoint that helped me with velocity,” Anderson said. “The curveball got better just because I changed the grip, and got us Men’s Joe Carter Jersey Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ed to that. And the cutter as a fourth pitch has been a weapon. It’s been nice to adapt and get those pitches do something for me and help me out to get to this next level.”

Santana struggling
Domingo Santana‘s struggles at the plate this spring aren’t a concern for Counsell, who is more interested in the outfielder’s track record tha Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey n how he performed in the Cactus League.

Santana, who dropped a routine fly ball in right field for a first-inning error on Tuesday, came into the final exhibition game batting .192 with 10 hits in 52 at-bats.

Video: COL@MIL: Santana crushes a solo homer to deep center

But Santana’s rough spring shouldn’t affect his playing time in the regular season.

“It didn’t change anything at all,” Counsell said. “It didn’t change anything I perceived going into the season at all. This part of the season, we’re not playing for wins and losses. You can insert a name of the player that’s struggling in Spring Training because there’s going to be player at the bottom of the list of the statistics.

“If we thought Spring Training was a huge indicator of success, we’d do Spring Training a little differently. When I talk about a player, what happens last year matters. In Domingo’s case, what’s happened in the past matters, not just last year. He had a really good season. He’s a young player. It would be crazy for us to abandon that.”

Last season, the 25-year-old batted .278 with 30 home runs and 85 RBIs.

Up next
Following Wednesday’s off-day, watch live on MLB.TV as Anderson will make his first Opening Day start at 3:10 p.m. CT on Thursday at Petco Park.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.


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PHOENIX — After winning the Cactus League, the Brewers will try to win some games that matter.

With six weeks of spring preparation in the books, manager Craig Counsell’s club is entering a season of expectations with some notable reinforcements. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich should fortify the lineup and the defense, and Jhoulys Chacin is the lone newcomer to a starting rotation that many observers expected general manager David Stearns to do more to fortify.

PHOENIX — After winning the Cactus League, the Brewers will try to win some games that matter.

With six weeks of spring preparation in the books, manager Craig Counsell’s club is entering a season of expectations with some notable reinforcements. Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich should fortify the lineup and the defense, and Jhoulys Chacin is the lone newcomer to a starting rotation that many observers expected general manager David Stearns to do more to fortify.

The club did not get through Spring Training without some notable injuries. Catcher Stephen Vogt (right shoulder) and reliever Boone Logan (left triceps) will open on the disabled list with ace right-hander Jimmy Nelson, whose rehab from shoulder surgery continues. The Brewers also lost non-roster left-hander Wade Miley to a groin injury while he was on his way to cementing a spot in the starting rotation.

Still, Counsell deemed camp a success.

“I think we’re leaving in a good spot,” he said. “We anticipate having injuries, you know? You have to anticipate having injuries, so you prepare for them. That’s part of depth.

“Catcher sits on its own island a little bit, but we’re healthy on the position-player side. That’s going to take us into the regular season with a really deep position-player group. We’re going to have a lot of good choices every day.”

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Video: Counsell on Suter and Woodruff making 25-man roster

Projected Opening Day lineup

1. Lorenzo Cain, CF
2. Christian Yelich, RF
3. Ryan Braun, 1B
4. Travis Shaw, 3B
5. Domingo Santana, RF
6. Manny Pina, C
7. Jonathan Villar, 2B
8. Orlando Arcia, SS
9. Chase Anderson, RHP

Key roles

• Cain and Yelich figure to hit atop the order, though they could flip-flop depending on the opponent. Their bat-to-ball skills made them enticing to the Brewers, who set Major League Baseball’s all-time strikeout records each of the past two years. Yelich’s natural power should play much better at cozy Miller Park than it did in Miami.

“Shaw said, ‘You’ll see,'” said Yelich. “That’s where they leave it at. It’s not a bad hitters’ park, that’s for sure. Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey ”

Video: MIL@OAK: Yelich homers, knocks in four runs vs. A’s

Corey Knebel set strikeout records and made the National League All-Star team after the Brewers installed him as the closer last season, but he might not be the team’s best reliever. That distinction might wind up going to Josh Hader, who didn’t allow a single run during the Arizona portion of Spring Training while striking out 16 batters vs. two walks. Counsell will have to decide how best to deploy his lefty weapon.

“The question is always going to be with Josh, ‘Six outs and days off, or back-to-back and three outs?'” Counsell said. “That’s the question that we’re going to have to answer. Sometimes the game will tell you what the answer to the question is.”

Video: Counsell discusses Hader’s role out of the bullpen

• Braun gets the nod Joe Carter Jersey  on Opening Day because the Brewers face Padres left-hander Clayton Richard, but Braun’s precise role remains an open question. If he plays first against left-handers, it still leaves a majority of games for Counsell to juggle Braun, Cain, Santana and Yelich in the outfield. The Brewers put it in the category of “good problem to have.”

Video: CWS@MIL: Braun fields a grounder at first base

Injury Updates

• Nelson will join the team in San Diego before heading home to Milwaukee to continue his throwing program. If he continues to progress, Nelson could get back on a mound sometime in the middle of April, at which point the Brewers would have a much clearer timetable for his return to the rotation. Besides the timing, the question is whether Nels Blue Jays Jersey Red on will be able to return to his stellar 2017 form following major shoulder surgery.

• Vogt and Logan project  Justin Smoak Jersey for early-May returns to big league action. Both are potentially important pieces because they are left-handed, Vogt a hitter and Logan a reliever. Logan in particular was a notable offseason addition because his presence could free Hader to pitch wherever Counsell deems best in the game.

• Miley, who worked out a deal to stay with the Brewers on his Minor League contract, should beat Vogt and Logan back. Miley will rehab in Phoenix until he can make rehab starts, at which time he can elect free agency if the Brewers don’t have a spot for him in the big leagues. Josh Donaldson Jersey Losing Miley was a blow to the starting rotation, where the club eschewed the big free agents and will try to win instead with depth.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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HOUSTON — Yovani Gallardo‘s attempt to crack the Brewers’ Opening Day roster has come to a close, as the club re Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey leased the veteran right-hander on Monday evening.

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HOUSTON — Yovani Gallardo‘s attempt to crack the Brewers’ Opening Day roster has come to a close, as the club released the veteran right-hander on Monday evening.

Signed to a one-year contract on Dec. 21, Gallardo went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in eight Cactus League appearances.

“I w Josh Donaldson Jersey ouldn’t d Joe Carter Jersey escribe him a long shot to make the team, but he had to make the team,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We’re at difficult decision points. It was not an easy decision.

“We want a little flexibility in some spots in the bullpen. It’s important as we go through the season to have that. We’re going to have players there that we feel that will have a little more flexibility.”

The 32-year-old hurler pitched eight years with the Brewers from 2007-14, going 89-64 with a 3.69 ERA in 214 games (211 starts). He spent the 2017 season with the Mariners and went 5-10 with a 5.72 ERA Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey  in 28 outings (22 starts).

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — “Just imagine me as a squirrel,” said Brett Phillips, and he’s going somewhere with this, so let’s hear him out.

First, some context: Phillips put up an .851 OPS over the final month of the 2017 season in the thick of the Brewers’ pennant chase while making a series of Statcast-worthy throws from center field, and he entered the offseason with a chance to play a prominent role for the Brewers in ’18. He still could very well do that, but Phillips’ path to the Opening Day roster was, shall we say, complicated by the late-January additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to an outfield that already included Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana. Phillips, it seems, is bound for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — “Just imagine me as a squirrel,” said Brett Phillips, and he’s going somewhere with this, so let’s hear him out.

First, some context: Phillips put up an .851 OPS over the final month of the 2017 season in the thick of the Brewers’ pennant chase while making a series of Statcast-worthy throws from center field, and he entered the offseason with a chance to play a prominent role for the Brewers in ’18. He still could very well do that, but Phillips’ path to the Opening Day roster was, shall we say, complicated by the late-January additions of Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich to an outfield that already included Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana. Phillips, it seems, is bound for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

He has said all the right things this spring about remaining optimistic and being a good teammate, with actions to match. But before he connected for his first spring homer against the Rockies on Tuesday, Phillips was hitting .098 after his first 41 Cactus League at-bats. He finally showed the first hint of frustration when he kicked the dirt on his way back to the dugout after striking out against the Dodgers on Sunday.

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So, back to the analogy. The squirrel.

“No, listen. Pay attention to detail here,” Phillips said. “Imagine me as a squirrel, and in the fall he gathers up all his nuts and stores them away. I worked hard in the fall to gather all my nuts, and here comes the spring, and next thing you know, I forgot where I hid them. My hits, my nuts. So I’m just trying to un-dig them.

“It’s looking like they’re probably behind the dugout in Colorado Springs, or in the clubhouse. I don’t remember being there in the offseason to bury them, but I think that’s where they’re probably going to be at. Which is fine. I’ll go get them. I’ll gather my nuts and I’ll be eating again.

“That’s basically where I’m at.”

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Yes, Phillips concedes with a smile, there is frustration.

“As a competitor, I don’t want to be where I’m at,” Phillips said, “but thank God it’s not going on the back of my baseball card.”

That sentiment did not surprise Brewers manager Craig Counsell, who said he was surprised the other day when he noticed Phillips’ low batting average. By the eye test, according to Counsell, Phillips’ at-bats have not been that bad.

“If I were Brett I’d be saying, ‘I’m glad this happened during the spring and not during the season,” Counsell said. “He’s 40 plate appearances into 2018, and I’ll tell you this: Everyone wants to be locked in going into the first day of the season, and then on the first day of the season, everything that happened in Spring Training becomes irrelevant to the players.”

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Does Counsell think Phillips’ poor results are tied to disappointment over the team’s offseason additions?

“I don’t really think it is,” Counsell said. “Look, was he affected by our moves this winter? Certainly, he was affected. Regardless, would he have been a lock on the team? No, he would not have been a lock on the team. There would have still been a lot of considerations.”

Phillips, the Brewers’ No. 6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, vowed to keep plugging away. Then he went out and smacked an eighth-inning go-ahead two-run home run off Colorado’s Jairo Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  Diaz in his first plate appearance on Tuesday.

“That guy was throwing absolute laser beams, missiles, probably from one of the newer gene Josh Donaldson Jersey ration-type model spaceships,” Phillips said after the final out of a 4-4 tie. “Honestly, I couldn’t see it. So it was a matter of swinging as soon as he got started. Luckily, I was able to square it up. Thank God.”

He called it “something to build on.” Even before Joe Carter Jersey connecting against the hard-throwing Diaz, Phillips was looking for reasons to stay positive.

“Obviously, it’s not where anyone wants to be,” Phillips said, “but I’ve still got six months ahead of me that actually matter. I’m just using this to grow through and get ready for my season.

“Like a squirrel.”

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since Blue Jays Jersey Red 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.


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HOUSTON — Chase Anderson, set to be the Opening Day Justin Smoak Jersey starter on Thursday, came to the Brewers as a fastball-changeup pitcher who had gotten away from throwing his curveball.

The coaching staff has encouraged the right-hander to resume throwing the curveball along with an occasional cutter. Anderson, who is also throwing harder, has gone largely from a two-pitch to a four-pitch pitcher — making a big difference to batters.

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HOUSTON — Chase Anderson, set to be the Opening Day starter on Thursday, came to the Brewers as a fastball-changeup pitcher who had gotten away from throwing his curveball.

The coaching staff has encouraged the right-hander to resume throwing the curveball along with an occasional cutter. Anderson, who is also throwing harder, has gone largely from a two-pitch to a four-pitch pitcher — making a big difference to batters.

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“It’s a credit to him and to our front office as well,” manager Craig Counsell said before Monday’s 5-2 loss to the Astros in an exhibition game at Minute Maid Park. “We’ve all worked together with Chase in trying to figure out where he’s at his best, what makes him at his best.

“He’s worked hard on developing his curveball and delivery. And added velocity in his delivery. He’s a player that’s worked hard to get better.”

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Anderson, who will make his first Opening Day  Joe Carter Jersey start, will be the fifth pitcher to start the opener for the Brewers in five seasons, joining Yovani Gallardo (2014), Kyle Lohse (’15), Wily Peralta (’16) and Junior Guerra (’17).

Suter on target
With seven strikeouts and no walks over five innings, Brewers starter Brent Suter was putting Astros batters away early in the count, while limiting his number of pitches.

“My cutter was moving a little more than it had been the last couple of outings, so I was going with that a lot,” Suter said. “Changeup early felt pret Men’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ty good, but later it was fading too much. But overall, I felt solid. That’s a really good lineup.”

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Suter allowed only one run and five hits. The left-hander was efficient in throwing 69 pitches, 45 for stri Women’s Toronto Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Majestic White Flex Base 40th Anniversary Patch Jersey kes against a lineup that included George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa. It was a good performance for Suter in his final tuneup before the regular season starts on Thursday.

“Ready to go,” Suter said. “Felt I got back on the right track, and ready to get the season going. We’re all excited.

“That was their ‘A’ lineup. You look at that top five, six guys. There’s not a breather there. Really not a breather overall. It was a good challenge for me and I’m glad I was able to make my pitches when I had to.”

Regular season feel
As Thursday’s season opener against the Padres at Petco Park nears, playing two exhibition games in Houston starts to have more of a regular season atmosphere.

“This [Monday] is a very good day for the players,” Counsell said. “Because it’s different and we’re in a big league stadium. So they get excited about today. Can’t say the same about tomorrow.

” Mitchell and Ness Joe Carter 1993 Toronto Blue Jays Cooperstown Collection Authentic Light Blue Throwback Jersey This is a game you look forward to playing in. Largely your preparation is finished and tomorrow is a shorter day, and you’re ready to go. It’s a sign that when you get to a big league stadium, you’re really close.”

Rare road opener
In recent years, the Brewers opened their seasons at Miller Park. The club is opening this season on the road Blue Jays Jersey Red for the first time since 2011, when it played the National League Central-rival Reds in Cincinnati.

It’s the first time the Brewers have opened a season series against the Padres.

Up next
Right-hander Zach Davies will start at 1:10 p.m. CT on Josh Donaldson Jersey Tuesday as the Brewers close out the two-game exhibition set at Minute Maid Park.

Richard Dean is a contributor to MLB.com based in Houston.


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