MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee Braves and Brewers radio voice Merle Harmon and current Brewers television analyst Bill Schroeder are among 75 candidates for the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. Fans will choose three of the 10 finalists via online balloting.The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum selected two candidates to represent each big league city, plus 15 at-large selections. Eligible candidates must have a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ballclub, network, or a combination of the two. Fans can cast their votes once per day at the Hall of Fame's Facebook page --www.facebook.com/baseballhall -- from Sept. 1-30. Results of the fan voting will be announced on Oct. 5, and the Frick Award winner will be announced Dec. 6 during baseball's Winter Meetings. Harmon called games for five Major League teams, including the Braves and Brewers, and also worked professional football games for the Chiefs and Jets. Schroeder, a former Brewers catcher, is in his 17th season in the team's broadcast booth.
Gomez expected to return to Crew on Thursday
MILWAUKEE -- Barring a setback Tuesday night in the fourth and final game of his Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Class A Wisconsin, center fielder Carlos Gomez is expected to resume active duty for the Brewers when rosters expand Thursday.The speedster is working back from surgery to repair a fractured left collarbone and has not played in the Majors since July 20, when he was hurt making a diving catch at Arizona's Chase Field. He'll give the Brewers a dose of speed on the bases and defense in the outfield. Gomez was 3-for-9 in his first three games at Wisconsin, with stolen bases in each game and, according to the report given to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, an opportunity to crash into the wall on Monday night. "He did a little of everything," Roenicke said. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin reiterated Tuesday that the team was planning for a very limited list of September callups. The team has not named any candidates besides Gomez and catcher Martin Maldonado.
Flores granted release from Triple-A
MILWAUKEE -- If you're wondering about left-hander Randy Flores joining the Brewers' righty-heavy bullpen in September, you can forget about it. Flores opted out of his Triple-A contract with the Brewers on Sunday and was granted his release, per the terms of a deal he signed with Milwaukee earlier this month.Flores, who turned 36 just before he signed, had been informed that he would not be among Milwaukee's September callups. He returned home for the birth of a child rather than finish the season with the Nashville Sounds. He had a 4.91 ERA in 11 appearances at Nashville, allowing more batters to reach base (12, on 10 hits and two walks) than he retired (11). He did pitch clean innings in his final two Sounds appearances. The Brewers actually do have a lefty reliever at the moment in Chris Narveson, who is in the middle of an 11-day period of downtime between starts. Manager Ron Roenicke said he would be more inclined to use Narveson for a full inning than as a specialist called upon for one batter. Narveson's next start is scheduled for Saturday in Houston. Among other Minor League transactions, the Brewers activated right-hander Cody Scarpetta, a top pitching prospect, from the disabled list at Double-A Huntsville, and he pitched 4 1/3 innings on Tuesday, allowing only one run.
Second baseman Rickie Weeks added a wrinkle to his rehab from a left ankle injury on Tuesday, when he made slight cuts to his left while running. He's fine hitting and fielding at second base, but running remains "difficult," according to manager Ron Roenicke.
"So, it's going to be a bit," Roenicke said. Left-hander Manny Parra underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur from his left elbow and perform a general elbow "clean up." Head Brewers physician William Raasch performed the surgery. Parra, who is arbitration-eligible this winter, will return to Phoenix to begin his rehabilitation on Thursday. He has been sidelined all season by back and elbow injuries.