PHOENIX -- Yovani Gallardo says he isn't wasting time wondering who will pitch for the Brewers on Opening Day.Gallardo earned the honor last season and went on to go 14-7 with a 3.84 ERA and a spot on the National League All-Star team. But this year, the Brewers also have 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke, who started Opening Day last season for the Royals, and another offseason pickup in Shaun Marcum, who started Opening Day for the Blue Jays. It's the type of dilemma that any manager would welcome, but for Ron Roenicke, it's a dilemma nonetheless. Gallardo said he'll stay out of it. "It's tough," he said. "But it's obviously something that myself and all of the other guys in here can't control. It's totally going to be up to the manager and the front office. We'll see what they decide."
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Does he want the March 31 season opener? Gallardo pauses before answering."I think anybody would, to be honest," he said. "You can ask any pitcher in the big leagues, and they want to start Opening Day. Having the opportunity to do that, it's a great feeling. But we'll see what's best for the team and go from there." Roenicke so far has declined to say what he and pitching coach Rick Kranitz are planning for the March 31-April 3 series in Cincinnati. Reds manager Dusty Baker has already announced his picks -- Edinson Volquez, Bronson Arroyo and Johnny Cueto. "Oh, my God, that's pressure," Roenicke said with a big smile. "We kind of have an idea of what we want to do, obviously, but we haven't told the guys yet, so I don't want to [say]. We're trying to map it all out."
Greinke has fan in Crew manager Roenicke
PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is already a fan of Zack Greinke's complex personality.Greinke revealed some of that complexity to a small group of reporters on Tuesday following the team's first full-squad workout. He was supposed to throw live batting practice to hitters on Wednesday but was held back at least a day because of a bruised rib cage. "I really like [Greinke's] personality," Roenicke told reporters. "You guys know this from the conversation, there's no beating around the bush. He just lays it out there. "Say we're covering first base [in drills] -- and this is 'for instance,' he didn't say this. If I say to him, 'Hey, Zack, have we done enough covering first base?' He'll say, 'Yeah, that's a waste of time.' He's just telling me what he thinks. There's no malice in what he says." Roenicke also lauded Greinke's work ethic. "He's one of those guys like [catcher Jonathan Lucroy] -- he puts a lot of effort into this," Roenicke said. "He studies video, he studies the advanced reports. He knows what he wants to do, and he gets locked in on a thing."
Brewers have commercial appeal
PHOENIX -- Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Corey Hart honed their hitting skills Wednesday afternoon, then stayed late to work on their acting chops.The Brewers' core hitters starred in the first of four commercials that will air in Wisconsin this season. The Milwaukee agency producing the spots asked that the plotlines remain secret, but this one apparently features Fielder in the box for batting practice while Braun, Hart and third-base coach Ed Sedar look on from behind the cage. While pitches sail outside, Fielder throws up his hands, throws down his bat and looks to his teammates for support. The punchline will have to wait, but it will probably make you chuckle. Fielder starred in one of the best of last year's spots as the Brewers' "cleanup man," in which he did laundry, straightened artwork on the walls and vacuumed principal owner Mark Attanasio's office. Look for Shaun Marcum, John Axford and Rickie Weeks in some of the other ads later this spring.
The contract extension he signed last week calls for second baseman Rickie Weeks to donate at least $200,000 to the Brewers Community Foundation through 2015. ... Outfielder Mark Kotsay's $800,000 contract includes $450,000 in incentives -- $25,000 each for 125 and 150 plate appearances, $50,000 each for 175 and 200 plate appearances, $50,000 each for 40, 60, 80 and 100 games started, and $100,000 if he's on the Major League roster on July 1. .. Catcher Shawn Riggans remains home in Florida with pneumonia and will probably not make it to Brewers camp in time to participate in big league camp, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. ... Don't read too much into the awkward swings in these first days of live batting practice, manager Ron Roenicke cautioned. "It's a little bit of a false read because these are rough days on the hitters," Roenicke said. "Did you watch Kameron Loe throw [on Tuesday?] Oh, my gosh. I wouldn't have wanted to hit. Everything was sinking down and in. The first time you're hitting, you don't want to see that."