MILWAUKKE -- Reliever Takashi Saito appears one step closer to a rehabilitation assignment as Tuesday's bullpen session drew rave reviews.
"Saito had an outstanding bullpen. [Pitching coach] Rick Kranitz said that's the best he's seen him throw the ball, so we're excited about that," manager Ron Roenicke said. "The oblique felt real good today, so, right now, we're planning on him either going out Thursday and Sunday and pitching, or Friday and Monday."
Saito underwent an MRI on Monday after he exited his start in Triple-A Nashville last Friday when he felt tightness in his oblique. The right-hander is on the 60-day disabled list and has dealt with injuries for most of the season.
Roenicke said he's unsure whether Saito will pitch with Class A Wisconsin or head back to Nashville. The Brewers are checking both schedules to see what makes the most sense for Saito.
"I guess it came back pretty good, enough that he got after it in his bullpen," Roenicke said of the specifics of the MRI. "That's really encouraging."
Brewers, Jungmann to start negotiations soon
MILWAUKEE -- When the University of Texas was bounced from the College World Series on Monday, it opened the door for negotiations between the Brewers and their top Draft pick, junior right-hander Taylor Jungmann.The Brewers have until 11 p.m. CT on Aug. 15 to agree to signing bonuses with their remaining unsigned picks from the First-Year Player Draft. That list includes Jungmann, the 12th overall selection, and Georgia Tech left-hander Jed Bradley, the 15th overall pick. "We have talked with [Jungmann] since he was drafted, and our scout has been in contact with him through the regionals and [College World Series], so naturally the door opens up to start negotiating," Brewers scouting director Bruce Seid wrote in an e-mail. "He had a more-than-normal workload, so we understand the need for him to catch his breath, and we look forward to sitting down shortly." Jungmann's 141-inning workload paid off when he was honored Tuesday with college baseball's version of the Heisman --- the Dick Howser Trophy, presented for the last 25 years to the collegiate player of the year. He was 13-3 with a 1.60 ERA, five complete games and 125 strikeouts while leading Texas back to the College World Series. Jungmann's sensational season ended on a low note, with losses in his final three starts, including an 8-4 loss to Florida on Saturday in the Longhorns' opening game of the College World Series. His 4 1/3-inning stint was his shortest start of the season, and he allowed five runs (four earned) on two doubles and a single, four walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches.
Roenicke has been ejected twice in big leagues
MILWAUKEE -- Ron Roenicke's ejection Monday night was his first as manager of the Brewers, but not his first in the big leagues.Roenicke was also thumbed on Sept. 16, 2009, in the moments after a tense Angels loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Several Angels coaches, including Roenicke, were fuming about a series of Sox-friendly calls, including a bases-loaded ball call that allowed Boston to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth on a walk. Umpires at Fenway Park leave the field through the visitors' dugout tunnel, and a verbal altercation took place between the umpire's crew and the Angels' staffers. Roenicke said he and three other coaches were ejected, then fined and suspended one game for the event. "It was definitely worth it," he said. Roenicke figures he's only been ejected five or six times in his baseball life. He got the hook Monday night from veteran ump Bob Davidson, who also ejected Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum in the sixth inning of the Brewers' loss.
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