DENVER -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and his coaches are working overtime these days to overcome the team's recent bullpen issues.Since moving to a "closer by committee" approach when both John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez faltered in the role, Roenicke has been meeting daily with pitching coach Rick Kranitz and interim bullpen coach Lee Tunnell to devise a plan. Here's how Roenicke described those sessions: "We talk about who is available and who is not," Roenicke said, "we talk about what we think is going to happen in the last few innings. The [middle] innings before that, we don't talk about too much because we have a lot of options for that. That we can do as the game progresses. "But, the late innings, you have to have a plan about who you can't use early, to make sure those guys are available late. We may cover the last two innings and say, 'Hey, there's three guys who can do that tonight.' Then we match up with those guys. "There's a lot more complication. It's completely different from last year; there was no thinking on our part when it concerned the eighth and ninth inning." Tunnell has offered a fresh look at the Brewers' bullpen options, though Roenicke again avoided placing blame on former bullpen coach Stan Kyles, who was dismissed July 30. "Like I've told you, I'm to blame as much as anybody else," Roenicke said.
Rogers placed on paternity list, Bianchi recalled
DENVER -- The Brewers placed right-hander Mark Rogers on the paternity list Monday while awaiting word on a new addition to his family.Rogers left the team Sunday to join his wife, Kerrie, who was expecting the birth of the couple's first child in Arizona. Rogers remains scheduled to make his next start for the Brewers on Wednesday against the Rockies. "I'm comfortable he can handle it," manager Ron Roenicke said. "If everything goes well, then I'm sure he'll be fine, and if not, we'll have to change what we've got planned." The Brewers recalled infielder Jeff Bianchi from Triple-A Nashville to take Rogers' spot on the active roster. Bianchi was 0-for-12 in a stint with the Brewers after the All-Star break but is batting .301 in 67 games at Nashville. Assuming there are no complications for Rogers, Bianchi is expected to return to the Sounds on Wednesday.
Fan injured in theater shooting tosses first pitch
DENVER -- Brewers fan Carey Rottman had a smile on his face Monday night, having learned over the past three weeks to appreciate the good moments in life.Mequon, Wis., native Rottman, 27, who was among those injured in last month's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., had one of those good moments on Monday. He limped to the mound at Coors Field, still recovering from a pair of surgeries to repair a bullet wound through his right thigh, and delivered a ceremonial first pitch before the Brewers-Rockies series opener. "I was one of the lucky ones that got out fairly unscathed, other than a gunshot wound to my leg," he said. "But it's brought our family together, friends together. That actual terrible thing that happened, that's not great, but everything from my family that's come from it has been good things." He was a guest of the Rockies on Monday and wore their jersey to the mound, but planned to return to Coors Field on Tuesday in Brewers gear to tour the clubhouse and meet players from his hometown team. Rottman was shot in the back of his right thigh, and had a four-inch exit wound that required surgery. He is already ahead of schedule in a program of rehabilitation that could take a full year. He was a running back at Homestead High School in suburban Milwaukee before continuing his football career at Winona State University in Minnesota, where he met his wife, Jessica. They were married in June, and she was with him on the field Monday night. "It is, for a lot of people, a life-changing experience," Rottman said. "When you get out of there alive, you want to be as positive as you can be and have fun with your life."
Segura rests bruised leg, joins Twitter ranks
DENVER -- The Brewers gave rookie shortstop Jean Segura a break on Monday, offering him a chance to recover from being spiked on a play at the plate and to play around with his newest technological toy.Segura is the latest Brewers player to join Twitter -- @jeansegura9 -- and had a very modest goal for his interaction with fans. "I don't know how to use it, so I don't want to get in trouble," Segura said. He found some trouble at home plate in Houston on Sunday, when Astros catcher Chris Snyder stepped on Segura's right shin after Segura slid safely into home plate in an eventual Brewers win. He limped back to the dugout but remained in the game, and manager Ron Roenicke said Monday's off-day was unrelated. "Somewhere, I wanted to give him a day off and get Cody [Ransom] into the game, and I thought today was a good day to do that," said Roenicke, who said he was not worried about Segura playing past his previous career high for games. "Physically, he's pretty solid. I don't think, physically, he'll have a problem with any of this." Said Segura of his bruised leg, "I don't think there's anything serious. I feel really good."