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MILWAUKEE — Thanks to one big inning on Wednesday afternoon, the Brewers are off to the best 50-game start in franchise history.

Now, can they sustain it this time?

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MILWAUKEE — Thanks to one big inning on Wednesday afternoon, the Brewers are off to the best 50-game start in franchise history.

Now, can they sustain it this time?

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“It’s different this year, for sure,” said third baseman Travis Shaw, whose three-run home run was the biggest blow of a seven-run fourth inning and a 9-2 win over the D-backs at Miller Park. “Last year, I don’t think anybody expected it. This year, this isn’t uncharted territory, and I think this is where we want to be.

“We’re playing good right now, but the whole, ‘We’re not expected to be here’ — that’s not going to be a story this year.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Shaw drills a 3-run homer to right field

Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Tyler Saladino each drove in runs in Milwaukee’s big inning, and they combined for eight RBIs to clinch a three-game series sweep. At 31-19, and with wins in 10 of their past 13 games, the Brewers have the best winning percentage (.620) after 50 games in 50 seasons as a franchise.

The 1981 and 2014 clubs shared the previous mark after starting 29-21.

The D-backs are going in a different direction, with seven straight losses and 13 losses in their past 14 games. The Brewers took the season series between the teams, 5-1, while outscoring the D-backs by 19 runs (29-10) and holding them to two or fewer runs on five or fewer hits in each game.

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell on situation hitting in 9-2 win

“It’s a cool thing to think about, maybe [worth] a nice pat on the back,” said winning pitcher Brent Suter. “But there’s a long way to go. It’s a good start, but we have a lot of games left and a lot of work to do.”

Suter’s contributions were not limited to the pitcher’s mound. The decisive fourth inning started small against D-backs right-hander Zack Godley, with slumping backup catcher Jett Bandy dumping a leadoff single into left field, and Suter coaxing an error by hustling out of the batter’s box on a sacrifice bunt. It turned into something big, with Aguilar hitting a go-ahead two-run single, Shaw following with a three-run home run and Saladino adding insurance with an RBI single against reliever Fernando Salas that produced two runs thanks to another Arizona error.

The outburst transformed a 2-1 deficit into an 8-2 lead, and it tied a seven-run sixth against the Marlins on April 19 for Milwaukee’s biggest inning all season. The Brewers scored those runs Wednesday on five hits, two walks, a sacrifice bunt and two D-backs errors.

Video: ARI@MIL: Brewers score two on error, Saladino single

The Brewers’ once-anemic offense now looks dangerous.

On April 29, the date the Cubs finished a four-game sweep of Milwaukee at Wrigley Field that included three shutouts, Shaw took to Twitter and borrowed a sentiment from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, urging fans to “C-H-I-L-L.” The Brewers were averaging 3.7 runs per game at the time, 25th of 30 Major League teams.

Since then, they are 15-6 while averaging 4.6 runs per game, ninth best in the Majors in that span. While winning 10 of their past 13, the Brewers have been even better, scoring 5.2 runs per game, sixth best in the Majors.

“It does seem a long time ago,” said Shaw of that visit to Wrigley Field. “It’s the Cubs’ division until someone else says otherwise, but I feel like we’re in a good spot right now. We’re playing good, and we’ll just try to keep it going this weekend [against the Mets].”

Video: ARI@MIL: Suter K’s 6, flashes the leather vs. D-backs

Asked whether his tweet was the turning point, Shaw laughed.

“We were fine in here,” he said. “It was more just for the outside. We knew it was going to turn eventually.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Aguilar’s go-ahead knock: Aguilar and Shaw delivered the biggest hits in back-to-back at-bats against Godley. Aguilar’s provided the lead. With the bases loaded and one ou Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey t, Aguilar fanned badly at one of Godley’s good curveballs way outside, but he recovered two pitches later to connect with another and punched it into center field for two runs and a 3-2 Brewers lead. With Ryan Braun coming off the disabled list on Thursday, manager Craig Counsell was asked whether Aguilar, with 12 RBIs in his past nine games, had done enough to earn the three-hole going forward.

“He’s earned playing time, yeah. He’s going to be in there,” Counsell said. “Where the guys hit, you guys know I don’t think that’s the most vital thing. But he’s certainly going to be in the middle of the lineup.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Aguilar plates 2 with a single up the middle

Saladino earning at-bats: Speaking of earning playing time, Saladino’s 2-for-4, two-RBI afternoon included his third Brewers home run in four starts. With regular shortstop Orlando Arcia slumping — his 37 wRC+ is the fifth worst among Major Leaguers with 100 plate appearances — it could mean more opportunity for in-season acquisition Saladino.

“He’s done everything right since he’s been here,” Counsell said. “He’s certainly pushing for more playing time, he really is. He’s played really well in all facets of the game. He’s driven in big runs, he’s hit home runs, he’s made plays at shortstop. You can’t ask anything more of a player.”

Video: ARI@MIL: Saladino crushes a solo homer to center

SOUND SMART
Including 3 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday from Taylor Williams, Boone Logan and Brandon Woodruff, Brewers relievers pitched 10 1/3 scoreless innings in Joe Carter Jersey the series while allowing one hit — David Peralta‘s single off Josh Hader on Tuesday night. With that, Milwaukee took over as Major League Baseball’s top bullpen, at least in terms of ERA, at 2.48.

Video: ARI@MIL: Suter makes athletic diving play on a bunt

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Suter fell into a 2-1 deficit when slumping D-backs star Paul Goldschmidt and catcher John Ryan Murphy hit solo home runs in the second inning but he was otherwise solid, including making the defensive play of the day in the fourth. Nicknamed “The Raptor” for his running style, Suter showed his  Joe Carter Throwback Jersey quickness when he chased Socrates Brito‘s quality bunt along the first-base line, scooped it up with his left hand and shoveled it to first base while falling down. Brito was out, and it was on to the Brewers’ big rally in the bottom of the inning.

“I love getting my uniform dirty and feeling like a baseball player,” Suter said. “People like to joke that pitchers aren’t athletes or whatever, but I’m trying to show some athleticism on plays and little things like busting it down the line and trying to make them make errors can be the difference in the game sometimes. If you’re healthy, if your hamstrings aren’t tight … I definitely suggest running hard and getting dirty.”

UP NEXT
The Brewers will activate Zach Davies from the 10-day disabled list to start Thursday’s 7:10 p.m. CT series opener against the Mets. The right-hander hasn’t pitched a Major League game since April 29, but he said he felt sharp while striking out nine batters on 56 pitches in 4 2/3 innings of a rehab Justin Smoak Jersey start at Class A Wisconsin last weekend. Lefty Steven Matz starts for the Mets in the first of four games between the teams.

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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MILWAUKEE — Four days after the Brewers reinstated Opening Day starter Chase Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey Anderson from the 10-day disabled list, it’s Zach Davies‘ turn.

Davies will return from a right shoulder injury for his first start since April 29, and the Brewers will also reinstate outfiel Men’s Mitchell and Joe Carter Jersey Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey der/first baseman Ryan Braun (back) from the DL when the team opens a four-game series against the Mets on Thursday at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — Four days after the Brewers reinstated Opening Day starter Chase Justin Smoak Jersey Anderson from the 10-day disabled list, it’s Zach Davies‘ turn.

Davies will return from a right shoulder injury for his first start since April 29, and the Brewers will also reinstate outfielder/first baseman Ryan Braun (back) from the DL when the team opens a four-game series against the Mets on Thursday at Miller Park.

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The Brewers cleared roster spots after Wednesday’s 9-2 win over the D-backs by optioning pitcher Brandon Woodruff and first baseman Ji-Man Choi back to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

For Davies, it was a longer absence than expected; he originally hoped to be back after the minimum 10 days, but persisting irritation in his rotator cuff required more patience.

“It’s nice, No. 1, for everyone to start getting healthy,” said Davies. “But also for us to be playing so well in the absence [of injured players]. It’s nice that you can come back and there’s not as much pressure. It’s not, ‘OK, now that we’re healthy, we have to really start going.’ You can just step in and continue.”

The Brewers are 15-6 since Davies’ last start after a 9-2 win in Wednesday’s series finale against the D-backs.

Davies developed discomfort in his shoulder during the final inning of his last start against the Cubs. It was described as a precautionary move at the time, but he had to cut short a bullpen session one week later and opted for a more cautious approach to avoid the sort of setback he endured in a similar scenario during his time in Baltimore’s Minor League system.

Video: MIL@CHC: Davies retires Chatwood, leaves bases loaded

In Joe Carter Throwback Jersey  a Minor League rehabilitation start on Saturday for Class A Wisconsin, Davies threw 56 pitches and struck out nine batters in 4 2/3 scoreless innings. He experienced no issues with his shoulder.

“I’m glad the way we did it,” Davies said. “You don’t want to push it, and then not only push my DL time longer, but hurt the team by taking a roster spot or taking a start and maybe coming out early. It was good the team had some continuity [during his time off].

“Everything feels great now. Strength is there, range is there. Probably the first go-around will be a little bit shorter, since I only threw 56 pitches. If they need me longer, I’m ready to go.”

Braun, meanwhile, will return after a minimum 10-day DL stint for mid-back stiffness. With first baseman Jesus Aguilar swinging a hot bat, it remains to be seen whether Braun will return to his usual position in the three-hole on days that both Aguilar and Braun are in the lineup.

But Braun was healthy enough by Wednesday afternoon to return to active duty.

“He’s been trending like he’s been ready to go since Monday, really,” manager Craig Counsell said.

Last call
• Center fielder Lorenzo Cain was out of Wednesday’s lineup after a physical game on Tuesday night included a minor collision with the outfield wall on Jake Lamb‘s first-inning double. But it was just a routine day off, the club said.

• Minor League infielder Jake Gatewood, Milwaukee’s No. 18 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, tallied four hits at Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday night, and he was hitting .324 (24-for-74) with 10 runs, eight doubles, two homers and 13 RBIs in his first 20 games in May. Compare that to a .167 (14-for-84) average in 23 games in April.

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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MILWAUKEE — Ryan Braun‘s back is doing just fine — or at least it is after drilling a few screws into some wood.

The Brewers’ first baseman is on the 10-day disabled list, but he, along with teammates Chase Anderson and Christian Yelich, sponsored the building of a Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity house on Tuesday morning.

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MILW Joe Carter Throwback Jersey AUKEE — Ryan Braun‘s back is doing just fine — or at least it is after drilling a few screws into some wood.

The Brewers’ first baseman is on the 10-day disabled list, but he, along with teammates Chase Anderson and Christian Yelich, sponsored the building of a Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity house on Tuesday mo Justin Smoak Jersey rning.

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“I feel like putting those nails in locked me in,” Braun joked. “The back is starting to feel better. Hopefully I get right and I’ll be back in a couple of days.”

The Brewers have been partnering with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006, and Habitat is building, rehabbing and repairing 100 homes in the Midtown area by 2020.

Braun, who has played in Milwaukee since 2007, is in his seventh year working with Habitat. He says it is special any time he has the opportunity to give back to the area.

“We all realize how fortunat Joe Carter Jersey e we are to be in the position we are, and the support we received from the community is incredible,” Braun said. “We feel fortunate to be a part of this.”

Anderson, in his third season with the Brewers, and Yelich, a first-year Brewer, joined Braun for the building event.

Anderson has traveled to the Philippines for mission trips during recent offseasons, and he noted the importance of doing charitable deeds in his position as an athlete.

“These homes are obviously a lot nicer [than the ones in the Philippines], but it’s ju Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey st really humbling to be a part of something like this,” he said. “To give back to the community, I really enjoy being a part of it and getting my hands dirty a little bit.”

When Braun was called up to the podium to speak in front of the group of volunteers before the trio of players worked on the house’s front porch, Milwaukee Habitat executive director Brian Sonderman reminded the audience that the Brewers currently sit in first place in the National League Central. Milwaukee also leads the NL in wins (29).

The fans and volunteers responded with cheering and applause.

“That was pretty awesome, something new to me as well,” said Yelich, who spent his first five seasons with the Miami Marlins. “Has a nice little ring to it.”

But while the players enjoyed the opportunity to give back to the community, it was the volun Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey teers who appreciated the team’s presence.

“As a fan, the players made this day totally worth it,” said volunteer Teri Cardo. “The drizzle, the muddy shoes, the already sore wrist — even though Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey building is fun anyway, they made this day totally worthwhile.”

Stephen Cohn is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen__Cohn.


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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers’ formula this season has been simple: Scratch out a lead, hand the baseball to Josh Hader and see how many opposing hitters the Justin Smoak Jersey long-haired left-hander can mow through.

Now All-Star closer Corey Knebel is back in the mix, too.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers’ formula this season has been simple: Scratch out a lead, hand the baseball to Josh Hader and see how many opposing hitters the Joe Carter Jersey long-haired left-hander can mow through.

Now All-Star closer Corey Knebel is back in the mix, too.

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That was the Brewers’ formula for a 1-0 win over the D-backs at Miller Park on Tuesday, when Domingo Santana overcame a case of home run robbery in the fourth inning to deliver the go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth before Hader and Knebel battled Arizona hitters — and some frustration aimed at plate umpire Angel Hernandez — to make that run stand.

Video: ARI@MIL: Santana puts Brewers ahead with sac fly

Credit Brewers manager Craig Counsell with an honorary save for sprinting into the middle of a quarrel between Knebel and Hernandez after a disputed walk leading off the ninth inning. Counsell took his second ejection of the season but Knebel remained, and went on to seal the Brewers’ ninth win in their last 12 games.

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell tossed for arguing strike zone

As a result, Milwaukee is the first National League team to reach the 30-win plateau.

“It was more about protecting Corey, for sure,” Counsell said. “[The players] had a bigger job than I did at that point.”

He added with a smile, “I was happy with how fast I got out there for a 47-year-old.”

The Brewers took issue with a ball 4 leading off each of the final two innings — Jarrod Dyson against Hader in the eighth, and Jake Lamb against Knebel in the ninth. Both times, Brewers catcher Manny Pina came to the rescue, throwing out Dyson trying to steal second in the eighth and pinch-runner Nick Ahmed in the ninth.

Video: ARI@MIL: Pina nabs Dyson stealing second in the 8th

Those big outs helped preserve a shutout started by Jhoulys Chacin (five scoreless innings, two hits, four walks, six strikeouts) and finis Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey hed by relievers Matt Albers, Hader and Knebel. It was Milwaukee’s third shutout of Arizona in 149 matchups all time, including the 2011 National League Division Series. The Brewers had not blanked the D-backs since Aug. 20, 2007 — the night Jeff Cirillo pitched against the Brewers at Chase Field.

“I know if we score one run,” said Chacin, “we have a good chance to win the ballgame.”

Hader was not the strikeout machine of recent outings, but he did log two more whiffs to give him 27 straight appearances with at least one strikeout — the longest active streak by a reliever in the Majors — and benefitted from fantastic defense in two scoreless innings.

Knebel, recently off the disabled list and back in the closer role, logged his second save in as many nights. He went into the manager’s office after the game and thanked Counsell for getting between him and Hernandez. Knebel was upset with two pitches, a 2-2 fastball on the outside edge called Ball 3, and a full-count fastball on the inner half of home plate called Ball 4.

“If it wasn’t for [Counsell] and his incredible speed, it could have been a little different situation,” Knebel said.

Knebel admitted he let his emotions get to him at a critical moment.

“When I threw my hands up, I realized it was stupid. ‘Don’t do this. You can’t get thrown out of the game right now,'” Knebel said. “It was a real heated situation. … Right there, 1-0, last inning, guy on first instead of one out. It could have been a different ballgame. Luckily, it wasn’t.”

Said Hader: “We have our hearts in these games. That’s how much it means to us.”

The Brewers have won four of five games over the past nine days against a slumping D-backs team that has lost six in a row and 12 of 13.

“I’ve been in this game a long time and I’ve seen some teams go through things like this,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “But this team is very capable and it gets frustrating because we have guys that are proven hi Joe Carter Throwback Jersey tters at this level, and unfortunately are not executing.”

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Dyson robs Santana: Before Santana supplied the only offense with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning against former Brewer Jorge De La Rosa, he was the victim of Dyson’s robbery. Santana was inches from a three-run home run in the fourth, only to see the Arizona center fielder make a fantastic leaping catch to pull the baseball back over the wall for the inning-ending out.

Video: Must C Catch: Dyson robs Santana of a home run

“He brought it back, for sure,” said Hader, who had one of the best views in the ballpark from the Brewers’ bullpen. “I thought it was gone. I looked over and say him running off. That’s tough.”

“Even after I saw that video,” said Santana, “man, he took a couple of steps forward and then he went back, he gathered himself and made a great catch. Next time, I hope I can hit it on a line. … He made a good catch. I’m just glad we got the win.”

Cain’s sliding catch: “Obviously, I’m not perfect,” said Hader after grinding through two innings that included a rare hit by a left-handed batter, David Peralta, boosting lefties to 2-for-30 (.067) against Hader this season. In the seventh, it was the first of Hader’s two walks that put Arizona in business for pinch-hitter John Ryan Murphy, who hit a fly ball to shallow center field that was caught by Lorenzo Cain with a nifty slide. He flipped the ball back to the infield to double-up Ketel Marte, ending the threat.

Video: ARI@MIL: Cain makes sliding catch, doubles off runner

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Pina is hitting .333 (11-for-33) with three doubles and a home run over his last nine games, with at least one hit in eight of those games. That’s a big deal for a Brewers offense looking for production at the bottom of the order. But it was Pina’s arm that most impacted Tuesday’s win.

In the eighth, he threw an 81.8 mph strike to shortstop Orlando Arcia, according to Statcast™, to nab Dyson, whose 30.6 feet per second sprint speed put him in the elite range. Arcia did a nice job of maintaining his tag on Dyson when Dyson lost contact with the bag.

An inning later, Pina registered a 1.85 second pop time and an 84.9 mph throw to retire Ahmed.

Video: ARI@MIL: Pina nails Ahmed stealing for 1st out of 9th

Pina averaged 84.9 mph on “max effort” throws last year, which ranked ninth of 61 qualifying catchers.

HE SAID IT
“I’m really happy with how our guys kept making pitches. It’s a good learning lesson for them, that when the emotions get higher and the tensions get higher, and you want pitches that much more, you’ve got to be ready emotionally to handle not getting what you want sometimes.” — Counsell, on Hader and Knebel

Video: ARI@MIL: Counsell on  Justin Smoak Blue Jays Jersey strong pitching, ejection in win

UP NEXT
Brent Suter gets back on the mound for the Brewers in the finale of the three-game series against the D-backs at 12:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Suter (3-3, 4.72 ERA) last pitched over the weekend in Minnesota, picking up the win after 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. Wednesday is the third game of the Brewers’ 10-game homestand, which features series against the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals over the next week. RHP Zack Godley (4-3, 3.78 ERA) will get the nod for the D-backs.

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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MILWAUKEE — Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt returned from season-ending shoulder surgery more upbeat than when he left.

The fix, Vogt said, was less invasive than the worst-case scenario Vogt originally had in mind, requiring a significant repair of the shoulder capsule but more minor “clean-ups” of the rotator cuff and labrum. He hopes to be healthy for Spring Training 2019.

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MILWAUKEE — Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt returned from season-ending shoulder surgery more upbeat than when he left.

The fix, Vogt said, was less invasive than the worst-case scenario Vogt originally had in mind, requiring a significant repair of the shoulder capsule but more minor “clean-ups” of the rotator cuff and labrum. He hopes to be healthy for Spring Training 2019.

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“Obviously, there is a lot of hard work ahead of me,” Vogt said, “but there is some hope in the future that I can regain full strength and be back.”

It was clear when Vogt addressed reporters prior t Women’s Majestic Flexbase Authentic 14 Justin Smoak Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Jersey o surgery that he was worried about that future. He choked back tears talking about the risk posed by another shoulder surgery like the one he endured in 2009 as a Tampa Bay Rays farmhand.

“The hard part was there were so many unknowns with my shoulder history and a lot of stuff on the MRI that you couldn’t see until you got in there,” Vogt said. “You obviously think about worst-case scenarios. Last time we spoke, it was pretty emotional, because there were questions whether or not I would ever play again.

“Those questions are still there. But I am more optimistic now that I am on the other side of surgery.”

Video: MIL@STL: Vogt doubles Brewers’ lead with a solo homer

Vogt’s surgery was performed by noted orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles last week. Rather than rehab at home in Washington, Vogt opted to rejoin the team, and he’ll stay with the Brewers as much as is feasible for the rest of the season.

“He has a long road of rehab ahead of him. It’s good to enter it with the right attitude, and whatever your lot is, having a positi Joe Carter Jersey ve attitude is going to work for you,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Said Vogt: “I’ve been watching every game, so I know exactly where the guys are at. I’ll add value any way I can to help us win, whether that’s talking to pitchers between starts, talking to catchers, talking to hitters. Just being available. Being here to root the guys on. That’s going to help me.”

Davies to start Thursday
Right-hander Zach Da Joe Carter Throwback Jersey vies cleared Monday’s side session with no issues and is scheduled to come off the 10-day disabled list to start against the Mets on Thursday at Miller Park. Davies has been sidelined all month by right rotator cuff irritation.

Video: MIL@CHC: Davies strikes out Heyward swinging

His comeback comes right on the heels of Chase Anderson‘s return to the rotation from illness in Monday’s 4-2 win over the D-backs.

“We’re getting healthier in the pitching department,” Counsell said.

With Anderson and Davies back from the DL, and left-hander Brent Suter slated to start Wednesday, it means a move to the bullpen for right-hander Brandon Woodruff, who has bounced between roles — as well as between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Major Leagues — so far this season.

“I understand it’s something new for [Woodruff]. I’m also glad he’s experiencing it,” Counsell said. “Where we end up in the future, we would certai Men’s Mitchell and Ness Vintage 1993 Joe Carter Toronto Blue Jays Alternate Royal Blue Throwback Jersey nly like to have him starting games, but we need to get there and have a spot for him. We’re trying to put our best guys out there, and right now this is our best fit. We’ll see what happens moving forward.”

Braun update
Ryan Braun, sidelined by back stiffness, is eligible to come off the 10-day DL beginning Thursday. He was making progress as of Tuesday afternoon.

“I think he hit on the field [Monday] and did a fuller workout,” Counsell said. “He’ll go through the same wor Justin Smoak Jersey kout today on the field. [Monday] was a good day. We’ll try to have another good day, and then [Wednesday] we’ll have a pretty good idea of the timetable.”

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


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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.

• Impact prospects: NL East | NL Central | NL West | AL East | AL Central | AL West

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)
Opening Day 2018: Reds
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)
Opening Day 2018: Brewers
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)
Opening Day 2018: Cardinals
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.

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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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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.

Signed to a o Blue Jays Jersey Red ne-year contract on Dec. 21, Gallardo went 0-1 with a 4.73 ERA in eight Cactus League appearances.

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.”

Video: Top Prospects: Brett Phillips, OF, Brewers

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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