02/23/07 7:55 PM ET
Notes: Graffanino turns the page
After offseason of discontent, infielder focuses on baseball
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Graffanino played in 60 games for the Brewers last season, batting .280 with two home runs and 27 RBIs. He will turn 35 in June.Small ball: Outfielder Geoff Jenkins has not recorded a sacrifice bunt since 1999, but he has impressed Yost this week with his technique in that area. Bunting has been a focus during the first week in camp. Because teams sometimes employ a dramatic infield shift against the pull-happy, left-handed Jenkins, positioning three players to the right side of the diamond and leaving the third baseman to cover everything on the left side, Yost thinks the bunt could be a weapon for Jenkins. "All he needs to do is just get it down, and he's been really, really good about it here in practice," Yost said. "If you get it down, you can walk to first. You walk to first one time, they're not going to [shift] again." Baby steps: Weeks, who had a cortisone injection earlier this week for a sore wrist, took 25 swings off a tee Friday morning. He will not be allowed to hit against live pitching for at least several more days. "He's got to build up a little," Yost said. Weeks had surgery last August to repair a painful tendon in his right wrist, and he felt sore after taking some swings before reporting to camp. Camp notes: At the end of Friday's workout, position players were broken down into "basestealers" and "movers" for the daily baserunning drill. Speedsters like Braun, Tony Gwynn Jr. and Weeks were in the first group, and the latter was stocked with players who, for example, would break from first base on a 3-2 pitch to try to stay out of double plays. Yost will add a new wrinkle to workouts Saturday, when hitters will face pitchers for the first time. Until now, hitters have only bunted against live pitching. Yost said the pitchers are being told to throw at about 70-75 percent of maximum effort to work on "touch and feel." Still, it is too early to make serious evaluations. "Some guys may stand out a little bit, catch your eye," Yost said. One of those guys is right-hander Grant Balfour, who is attempting a comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Yost is the second Brewer to mention Balfour; catcher Johnny Estrada said last week that the right-hander was looking surprisingly sharp. Early start: By Thursday night, fans were already staking out a place in line at Miller Park for the start of single-game ticket sales Saturday morning. The box office will open at 9 a.m. CT, and tickets are also available online at Brewers.com or via the team's phone center at (414) 902-4000. Fewer than 2,000 tickets will be available for Opening Day, mostly standing room only. But fans can still get tickets to that game if they buy a nine-game ticket package, which includes Opening Day for free.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.