Crew decision likely to be last minute
Macha may not pick starting right fielder until Monday
MILWAUKEE -- Outfielder Jim Edmonds returned from a four-day absence and served as the Brewers' designated hitter on Saturday and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He's been getting treatment for a strained left hamstring but remains an option -- along with Corey Hart and Jody Gerut -- to start in right field on Opening Day.Manager Ken Macha said he might not make his decision until a few hours before game time. "There's so much drama because it's Opening Day," Macha said. "If Corey continues to swing well, maybe he'll be in there." Hart left Arizona in a 1-for-29 slump but had two hits on Friday night and two more on Saturday, boosting his spring batting average 49 points in two days to .172. He has started the past three Opening Days for the Brewers.
Suppan to work in intrasquad
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan is scheduled to pitch an intrasquad game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix on Sunday and will then travel to Milwaukee for the team's season opener against the Rockies on Monday afternoon. Suppan is beginning the season on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury.Where his rehabilitation takes him after Monday remains to be seen, according to Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash. "We'll see how he is after [Sunday's outing]," Ash said. "Rick [Peterson, Milwaukee's pitching coach] will give us some input on what he sees and hears, and we will go from there." Suppan is eligible to return from the disabled list April 10. The Brewers don't plan to use a fifth starter until April 14 or 15 in Chicago.
Minor League rosters filling out
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash provided a slew of tidbits Saturday as Minor League rosters begin falling into place: Left-hander Chase Wright is the choice to begin the season as Triple-A Nashville's fifth starter behind Marco Estrada, Kameron Loe, Chuck Lofgren and Chris Waters. Lofgren, Waters and Wright are all left-handed, meaning the top levels of the organization are stacked with southpaws. Right-hander Josh Butler should join this group relatively early in the season, once he recovers from an elbow injury. The Triple-A outfielders will be Adam Stern, Trent Oeltjen, Brendan Katin and Norris Hopper. That means center-field prospect Lorenzo Cain, who lost a chunk of his 2009 season to a knee injury, will begin the season at Double-A Huntsville. He could move up quickly, Ash said. The Double-A rotation will feature right-handers Amaury Rivas, Alex Periard, Mark Rogers, Michael Bowman and left-hander Chris Cody. Former first-round Draft pick Jeremy Jeffress should join once he finishes serving a 100-game suspension, and fellow righty Evan Anundsen was also targeted for Huntsville before he "tweaked" his shoulder on Friday, Ash said. Anundsen will begin the season on the disabled list. Huntsville's bullpen will include former first-round Draft pick Mike Jones. "We didn't have a starting spot for him, so we're going to send him to Huntsville to launch his relief career," Ash said. The Class A Brevard County closer will be right-hander Nick Green, a changeup specialist whose 2009 season was marred by a neck injury. "It's an idea," Ash said. "In our minds he has one supreme pitch, and his fastball is also good enough. You want to win games, of course, but the Minor Leagues should be a place to work on things like this. That's why we're putting him at Brevard, because he needs to get comfortable with it." At some point, warm-weather Brevard County could be the next step for rehabbing pitchers Chris Capuano and David Riske. Both are attempting comebacks from Tommy John surgery and for the moment are working out at the Brewers' facility in Phoenix. Riske has had no setbacks this spring, Ash said, and is currently enjoying a week off. He will return to work Wednesday. Capuano, who has had two elbow reconstructive surgeries in his career, had a setback last month but is back on track with a new throwing regimen. "We saw some good things in Spring Training, but now he's just re-learning how to best prepare," Ash said. "When you've shown the kind of patience he has and -- not boastfully -- that we have, there's no rush at this point."
The Brewers will face Rockies right-hander Greg Smith in Game 2 of the regular season on Tuesday instead of left-hander Jeff Francis. Colorado placed Francis on the 15-day disabled list with an arm injury. ... Instead of pitching against the Tigers this weekend, closer Trevor Hoffman asked to throw a simulated game on Friday afternoon for his final spring tuneup. He threw 16 pitches and deemed the outing a success. "It was a more controlled environment," Hoffman said, "a chance to get ready without rushing and then do your work." ... Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin will gather his staff for one last morning meeting Sunday to finalize the Opening Day roster. He isn't expecting any surprises, so the only moves should be returning pitcher Chris Smith, catcher Martin Maldonado and outfielder Adam Stern to Minor League camp. ... The Brewers will open the season with one vacancy on the 40-man roster.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.