MILWAUKEE -- Nearly a month after going on the disabled list with a bruised right heel, outfielder Jody Gerut took batting practice on Friday for the first time since the injury.
Gerut, who went on the disabled list on June 7 -- retroactive to May 27 -- said everything felt fine in his first session at the plate in more a month.
"I'm finally making some improvements, I'd say I'm probably about halfway there," Gerut said. "It was nice to be back on the field again and break a sweat."
Despite the positives that came out of his session, Gerut remained unsure of when he would be able to return to the active roster.
"I really don't know, I wish I could be more specific, but I can't do it," Gerut said. "It's been a month and they were targeting two to three days. So with that wide of a range, how could I possibly put a date on it in the future?"
Brewers manager Ken Macha said that he too was unsure whether Gerut would return anytime soon, but seemed to think it would be later rather than sooner.
"I can't tell you where he is," Macha said. "I'm sure he's going to have to go play some games. He's going to have to run, too. I'd say he's a while yet, but we're all happy that he at least he took some BP today."
After sitting for more than a month, Gerut certainly is eager to get back to game action.
"I'm bored, I find this whole thing uninteresting," Gerut said. "I'm not having fun not playing. I'd rather be playing."
Zduriencik returns to Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- For the first time since leaving to become general manager of the Seattle Mariners, former Brewers director of scouting Jack Zduriencik returned to Miller Park on Friday for the clubs' Interleague series.
"It's great walking back in here," Zduriencik said. "It's nice to see these guys doing so well. All the guys are great. We came in from the right-field line and a lot of the guys came over and said hello.
"It's good to see so many of them doing so well."
Zduriencik, who joined the organization in 1999, has been credited by many for putting together the talented young core that the Brewers have been built around for several years.
During his time in Milwaukee, Zduriencik was the first non-general manager to receive the Major League Executive of the Year Award from Baseball America in 2007.
Some notable selections during Zduriencik's time with the Brewers include Corey Hart in 2000, Manny Parra in '01, Prince Fielder in '02, Rickie Weeks in '03, Yovani Gallardo in '04, Ryan Braun in '05 and Jonathan Lucroy in '07.
Since leaving the Brewers, however, Zduriencik has not enjoyed as much success in Seattle as he, or anyone else in the organization would have liked. In particular the club's offense has struggled quite a bit
Of late, though, the team has been on a hot streak, winning six of its last seven.
"We've played well lately, unfortunately the club ahead of us has played a little bit better," Zduriencik said. "[The Rangers] have won 11 in a row. We play good and we lose ground. So we'll see what happens, though ... there's a lot of season to be played."
While he'll finally get to see his former club in person this weekend, Zduriencik said he keeps up on the Brewers quite a bit along with his duties as the Seattle general manager.
Zduriencik also said he hoped to face the Brewers again after this weekend.
"I watch the Brewers all the time," Zduriencik said. "I told all these guys out here today that I'm proud of what they've done. I pull for them all the time. I'd love for them to win this division and go on.
"It would be a dream come true to be able to play this club in the World Series."
Davis takes next step toward return
MILWAUKEE -- While lefty Doug Davis made his second of two planned rehab starts on Thursday, the Brewers do not plan to make a decision on his next step until Saturday.
Pitching in his second rehab start for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Davis quieted the Memphis Redbirds over an impressive five-inning outing. Davis threw 82 pitches, giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out nine batters.
"Everything went well," Davis said. "I don't know what their plan for me is yet. All I know is, I'm ready, so it's up to them now when they're ready for me."
Manager Ken Macha said that he planned to meet with pitching coach Rick Peterson, bullpen coach Stan Kyles and general manager Doug Melvin on Saturday to discuss the future of the pitching staff and in particular, their plan for Davis.
"We're going to have a huge summit tomorrow," Macha said. "Rick, Stan Kyles, myself and Doug will sit down and probably talk for five minutes. So it'll be a huge summit. It'll be along the lines of the Russian president and Obama, the meeting they just had.
"We'll try to figure it out, it's nice that he's healthy and he threw the ball well last night."
Macha added that he had his own idea for what might happen, but was unsure whether it would be the consensus opinion.
Additionally, he noted one part of the plan that he knew for certain.
"He pitched the same day that [Yovani Gallardo] pitched," Macha said. "So I don't think he's going to pitch on Yo's day."
Braun dines with fans at new restaurant
LAKE GENEVA -- As Ryan Braun opened his second restaurant on Thursday, he was greeted by a huge crowd of fans who had traveled near and far to meet the left fielder.
One family drove more than 10 hours from their Michigan home to meet Braun. The reception was a bit of a shock for Braun.
"This is far more people than I expected to see come out here tonight," Braun said. "I was expecting more of a low key, quiet, private gathering. But it's great, I'm really impressed."
Ryan Braun's Tavern and Grill, located at 430 Broad Street in Lake Geneva, Wis., saw an impressive turnout as it opened its doors for the first time.
According to Tom Romano, who owns the restaurant along with Braun, the restaurant seated an estimated 400 customers, while an additional estimated 600 patrons were in attendance to see Braun throughout the night.
After arriving just after 7:30 p.m., Braun finally managed to get a bite to eat around 9 p.m. It was the first time Braun had tried anything on the menu, and the budding restaurateur was impressed once again.
"It was great, I got to take some time and try a few different appetizers and desserts along with my meal," Braun said. "I had the filet, and everything I had was just great. Our chef does an excellent job."
Braun, who said he used to get down to Lake Geneva on every Brewers off-day, expects to make more trips down to the city now that his restaurant has opened.
Though much of his night was filled with almost constant requests for autographs and photographs, Braun said one of the best parts of the night was getting to meet his fans.
"It's awesome, the community here in Lake Geneva is great," Braun said. "I've been here a lot, but I've never really met many of the people who live in the area. They've all been very nice and given a lot of feedback, both about the Brewers and the restaurant."
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.