PHILADELPHIA -- Members of Milwaukee's struggling bullpen met with manager Ron Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz a couple hours before Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies. The get together came a night after a second straight game was blown by the relief corps.
Though Roenicke wouldn't share the exact contents of the meeting with reporters, the manager noted that "some good things" were said.
"The most important thing is to get the confidence back," Roenicke said. "However we do it. And that's why I wanted to hear from them, too. If I can do something on my end or Rick can do something on his end to either give them more confidence or maybe to help them execute pitches better, which builds confidence, then that's what we need to try to do."
After blowing a five-run lead in the eighth inning on Tuesday night, the Brewers' bullpen ranks 28th in the Major Leagues with a 4.76 ERA. The 'pen's 24 losses are the most of any in baseball.
Asked about possible role changes, Roenicke tossed around the idea of having John Axford pitch the eighth inning for the near future. There's not a whole lot the manager can change regarding roles, however.
"Baseball's confidence," Roenicke said. "When you're at this level, they're all talented. But the guys that succeed more often are the guys that are very confident, almost to that cockiness point. They forget about the negative stuff and all they worry about is doing something good."
With Hamels off market, Greinke rumors heat up
PHILADELPHIA -- With Philadelphia's Cole Hamels off the trade market, Milwaukee's Zack Greinke figures to be the most sought after pitcher leading to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.
With an abundance of scouts in attendance at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday, Greinke dominated the Phillies' offense. He allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings and retired the last 14 batters he faced.
Set to become a free agent at season's end, Greinke's name has been the subject of multiple trade rumors, something Greinke said was "a little different" for him.
"I really don't want to think about a different team while I'm on this team," he said. "[General manager Doug Melvin] hasn't said anything to me about them trading me. So I'm assuming I'll still be here. Obviously, something could happen. But I enjoy playing here."
Greinke has seemed to have done a pretty good job at blocking out the speculation. Before Wednesday's series finale against the Phillies, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke praised Greinke's focus.
"He's pretty good about what's in front of him and what he needs to do," Roenicke said. "He prepares in every aspect of the game. Not just his pitching, but where's my defense gonna be? Who are the pinch-hitters that may come up? How's that opposing pitcher that I'm facing, does he swing the bat well? He really puts a lot into his game to the point where I think it's easier to block out other things."
• Outfielder Norichika Aoki was given a day off on Wednesday. Nyjer Morgan started in right field, batting out of the two-hole.
"[Aoki] has been grinding hard," Roenicke said. "He's doing well and we want to keep him that way."
• Manager Ron Roenicke met with Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio on Tuesday, but the skipper would not disclose what was discussed in the meeting.
• Cather Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored while playing for Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday night, the fifth game of his rehab assignment. He was expected to play another rehab game on Wednesday and could return to the Brewers on Thursday if all goes well.
Jake Kaplan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.