06/08/07 9:24 PM ET
Notes: Cordero, Mench return to Texas
Duo was traded last July 28 for outfielders Lee and Cruz
By Ken Daley / Special to MLB.com
All-Star invites drawing near: Little more than a month remains before the July 10 All-Star Game in San Francisco, and chances look good for at least three Brewers to be named to the National League team.First baseman Prince Fielder entered Friday leading the NL in home runs (21) and slugging percentage (.647), was tied for second in RBIs (48) and tied for eighth in runs scored (39). He added a solo home run in the second inning of Friday's contest. Shortstop J.J. Hardy was second in NL home runs (16), fourth in RBIs (47), eighth in slugging percentage (.537) and tied for 10th in hits (70). The aforementioned Cordero has simply been the best relief pitcher in either league thus far, and was an All-Star for the Rangers in 2004. "I've been pitching good and I feel like I deserve to go," Cordero said. "If not, that's fine, too. But it would be nice to go to San Francisco to the All-Star Game this year." Weeks improving: Second baseman Rickie Weeks (right wrist tendinitis) said he was feeling improvement since a cortisone injection earlier in the week and was hopeful he could begin hitting off a tee and resuming other baseball activities within three days. "I'm trying to speed things up," said Weeks, who is eligible to come off the disabled list next Thursday. "Hopefully, [the injection] will improve me for some period of time." Rotation plans in flux: Brewers manager Ned Yost said he won't decide until Saturday which starting pitchers will face the defending American League champion Detroit Tigers next week. If the rotation remained unchanged, the series at Comerica Park would fall to Claudio Vargas, Jeff Suppan and Chris Capuano. But with a scheduled day off Monday, it is believed Yost is considering skipping Vargas' next turn and sending Suppan, Capuano and Ben Sheets to face the Tigers. He said it: "It's rare these days to see a guy stay with one team his entire career. I thought I could've been that guy." -- Outfielder Kevin Mench, on returning to Texas, where he was a remains a favorite of Rangers fans Briefly: With American League rules in effect, Yost employed Gabe Gross as his designated hitter Friday and dropped the struggling Bill Hall to the No. 8 spot in the batting order for the first time this year. Hall entered Friday with just one RBI in his last 15 games, and none in his last 11. ... FSN Wisconsin has added the Aug. 2 game against the New York Mets to its broadcast schedule, a 1 p.m. CT start. ... WMLW-Channel 41 has added the July 28 game against St. Louis to its schedule. First pitch for that game is at noon CT. ... Fans wishing to pledge donations to baseball's annual fundraising drive to battle prostate cancer can call 1-88-798-CURE (2873) or visit www.gillettepcc.org. Major League Baseball, its teams and fans can make set donations or link pledges to the number of home runs hit between June 6-17. Up next: Right-hander Ben Sheets (6-3, 3.51) is scheduled to oppose Rangers righty Brandon McCarthy (4-4, 6.35) in the second game of a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. CT.
Ken Daley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.