PHOENIX -- Outfielder Nyjer Morgan sat in his new clubhouse at his new locker with a baseball bat in hand on Tuesday, ready to begin a new phase.The Brewers acquired Morgan in a trade with Washington on Sunday morning and he made his debut Tuesday in the Brewers' 8-7 win over the Padres in the club's final 2011 Spring Training game.
Morgan replaced starting left fielder Ryan Braun in the bottom of the third and later shifted to right field. Morgan went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.
The original plan was for Morgan to relieve starting center fielder Carlos Gomez, which is exactly how Brewers officials say they intend to use their new speedster during the regular season."I'm excited. Very excited," Morgan said. "This seems like a fun ballclub here, and basically this is my first time being on a winning ballclub. I'm more excited about that than anything. I'm going to try to fit in, basically. Whatever my role is, I don't care about that."
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The trade came as no surprise to Morgan, who knew his time with the Nationals was coming to an end. Washington is going with Rick Ankiel and Jerry Hairston Jr. in center field instead of Morgan, who started 128 games in 2010. The Brewers sent Minor League infielder Cutter Dykstra and $50,000 to the Nats to complete the deal."It was one of those things where my time was up there," Morgan said. "I don't have any ill feelings about my time over there, and there are still a bunch of guys there that I consider friends. It's business, and I knew my time there was done. I said so, and everybody tried to butcher me for it. So it was time, because I was catching a bad rap out there." Morgan said he had no regrets about his tumultuous week late in the 2010 season, when he showed up on the national highlight shows after a couple of hard hits at home plate. Morgan drew the Cardinals' ire for colliding with catcher Bryan Anderson, though Morgan insists that was nothing more than a hard baseball play. On Aug. 31, he separated Marlins catcher Brett Hayes' shoulder in another plate collision, sparking retaliation the following night. Marlins starter Chris Volsted hit Morgan with a pitch in the fourth inning, and when Volsted threw behind Morgan in the sixth, Morgan charged the mound and incited a brawl. "Like there's never been a brawl before?" he said. "Come on. Basically, I never did anything [wrong]. I served my [suspension] for charging the mound. It all got blown up." One of Morgan's new teammates says it's time to move on. "That was last year, anyway," second baseman Rickie Weeks told a reporter talking to Morgan. "Forget it."
Lucroy cleared to resume play
PHOENIX -- Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy was cleared to play by the doctor who performed surgery on his right pinkie finger. Lucroy was to begin playing Minor League games on Tuesday.Lucroy, who is the team's No. 1 catcher, fractured his pinkie finger in a defensive drill on Feb. 23 and did not see action all spring. Dr. Don Sheridan surgically inserted a metal pin to aid the healing process, and Lucroy had been strengthening the joint since the pin was removed on March 21. Minor League Spring Training games run through Sunday, and then Lucroy will report to the Brewers' warm-weather Class A affiliate in Brevard County, Fla., which begins play on April 7. He will probably advance to Double-A Huntsville or Triple-A Nashville to face better competition before joining the Brewers, perhaps for the team's first extended road trip April 12-20. "He's ready to go," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Lucroy's absence will give the Brewers some extra time to evaluate Wil Nieves and George Kottaras, one of whom will remain as the backup. "Both of them have caught well," said Roenicke. "Both have swung the bat well -- George a little better -- but both have done a nice job." Corey Hart (strained rib-cage muscle) is also expected to play Minor League Spring Training games, Roenicke said. Hart will then join the Brewers on Monday to visit with the team doctor to determine his next step. As of Tuesday morning, the Brewers had not placed Lucroy or Hart on the 15-day disabled list, but both players were expected to begin the season there. Pitchers Zack Greinke, LaTroy Hawkins and Manny Parra are already on the DL.
Outfielder Brandon Boggs cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Nashville, the Brewers announced on Tuesday. Boggs was the odd man out after the team acquired center fielder Nyjer Morgan from the Nationals on Sunday. ... Manager Ron Roenicke would not reveal his Opening Day lineup, but it appears he's leaning toward catcher Wil Nieves as right-hander Yovani Gallardo's batterymate. If that's the case, the top eight in the batting order would be the same they were for Tuesday's spring finale against the Padres: Second baseman Rickie Weeks, center fielder Carlos Gomez, left fielder Ryan Braun, first baseman Prince Fielder, third baseman Casey McGehee, right fielder Mark Kotsay, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt and Nieves. ... The Brewers are scheduled to work out at Great American Ball Park at noon local time on Wednesday, their final tuneup for Thursday's season opener.