MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers were in talks with the Orioles about left-handed reliever Mike Gonzalez before he was traded to Texas on Wednesday, the deadline for teams to acquire players and have them eligible for postseason rosters.It became clear Wednesday evening that the Rangers could make a better offer, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said. The Orioles got Major League-ready reliever Pedro Strop, a hard-throwing right-hander who had appeared in 11 games with Texas this season. "We had the irons in the fire," Melvin said. Gonzalez would have given the Brewers something they do not currently have: A left-handed reliever. He posted a 4.29 ERA in 47 games with Baltimore, but had only been scored upon twice in his last 25 appearances. The Brewers still may wind up with a left-hander in their postseason bullpen, assuming they hang on to win the National League Central. Lefty Chris Narveson, the team's No. 5 starter, could move to relief for the best-of-five Division Series because teams need only three or four starters for that round.
Roenicke says Brewers' callups will play
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' September callups were not promoted to sit on the bench and soak in the Major League experience. Manager Ron Roenicke said outfielder Logan Schafer and catcher Martin Maldonado are going to play.Schafer gives Roenicke the freedom to more liberally use another player activated on Thursday, speedster Carlos Gomez, and still have a quality defensive center fielder in reserve. "The difference is that Gomez, we can put him in late in a game to steal a base. Even if they know he's going to steal a base, he can still steal it," Roenicke said. "Schafer can still steal bases, but he's not like Carlos. ... It just gives me two guys I can do two different things with instead of having to pick one or the other with Carlos." Likewise, Roenicke said he would have no problem using Maldonado behind the plate in a close, meaningful game. He's long been regarded as a defensive catcher but this year blossomed at the plate, batting .321 with eight homers in 39 games for Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers will make additional promotions as needed, and will keep a particular eye on the bullpen. Right-hander Tim Dillard will be back after Sept. 5, but at the moment, Roenicke said the team is covered there. "That's easy, because you can go day to day, and if you have a tough game, you bring a guy up," he said. It's unclear whether the Brewers will reward prospects Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers with September callups. Club officials have discussed both players, and Peralta is already on the 40-man roster.
Brewers promote medical staffers
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers made two promotions on Thursday, boosting Roger Caplinger to director of medical operations and Dan Wright to head athletic trainer, effective at the end of the season.In his new role, Caplinger will oversee all operations of the Brewers' training and medical staff at both the Major and Minor League levels. He is currently in his 22nd season with the organization and has been head athletic trainer for the last 10 years. He served on the Major League Baseball committee that established new guidelines for treating concussions. "Roger and Dan have been leaders of our athletic training team for many years, and we believe they have established one of the top programs in all of sports," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said in a statement. "They are most deserving of these promotions and we congratulate them for their collective accomplishments." Wright has been the Brewers' assistant athletic trainer since 2001.
In a take-off of the San Francisco Giants' popular "Orange Fridays," the Brewers want fans to "Go Gold" on Sept. 10 for a game against the Phillies at Miller Park.
The Brewers will wear special gold jerseys for the game, presumably similar to the ones they sported for Cerveceros Day back in June, and fans are encouraged to wear their own gold gear in the stands. Don't have any? Well, wouldn't you know it -- the Brewers will release a new line of Brewers gold gear during a "special shopping opportunity" on Sept 6, including a Nyjer Morgan shirt featuring his postgame television signoff: "Ahhhh... Gotta Go!"Brewers employees will be roaming the Miller Park concourses on Sept. 10 to reward random fans for wearing gold with prizes, including ticket vouchers to a 2012 game and autographed baseballs. Manager Ron Roenicke considered giving rookie third baseman Taylor Green his first big league start on Thursday, a day after Green logged his first big league hit, a single. Green has experience against Cardinals right-hander Brandon Dickson, promoted from Triple-A to start for St. Louis. "But we're playing the Cardinals, and I think, as a group, the guys, they want their guys in there," Roenicke said. "It's not that Taylor is an outsider, but I think they feel better with, 'Let's get after it today with our guys and see if we can get this game.'" Green might start Friday in Houston against another right-hander making his Major League debut, the Astros' Lucas Harrell. Of his first hit, Green said, "It's the best feeling I've ever had, again. Even better than getting called up. It's pretty special. The first couple of pitches, I wasn't thinking too much, and then I stepped out of the box like, 'Wait, I have to stick with my approach.' I got rid of the nerves after a pitch or two and felt pretty comfortable."