05/08/10 12:45 AM ET
Gomez MRI reveals strained rotator cuff
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Hawkins insists he's not hurt
PHOENIX -- Brewers manager Ken Macha said he or members of his coaching staff have asked reliever LaTroy Hawkins the same question reporters posed repeatedly Thursday night: Are you hurt?"We've asked him that a couple times," Macha said. "He says he's not hurt." Hawkins has been struggling with his command since early April and now his velocity is noticeably down, too. Macha didn't plan to use Hawkins on Friday, a day after the 37-year-old right-hander threw 21 pitches against the Dodgers including a down-the-middle fastball that was tagged by Andre Ethier for a walk-off grand slam. Hawkins, who consistently threw 94-96 mph in his first handful of outings this season, topped out at 91 mph on Thursday. Add that to his command problems, and the fact Hawkins was sidelined for part of Spring Training by a sore right shoulder, and the red flags start flying. But Hawkins refused the notion that he was anything but 100 percent, telling reporters on Thursday, "If I knew what it was, I'd tell you and I'd fix it." "You've got to take what the player gives you and trust in the player," Macha said. If he's not hurting, then what might be the cause of his command and velocity problems? "I don't have the answer to that," Macha said. Hawkins has surrendered 12 earned runs this season in 11 2/3 innings for a 9.26 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings for the Astros last season, he allowed only 15 earned runs.
Mathews, Mantilla to be honored
PHOENIX -- The Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will add Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews and outfielder Felix Mantilla to the Braves Honor Roll at Miller Park on Tuesday.Mathews, who passed away in 2001, was a Brave for all 13 of the team's seasons in Milwaukee from 1953-65 before the franchise moved to Atlanta. He was an All-Star in nine of those seasons and led the National League with 47 home runs in '53 and 46 in '59. In a 17-year career, Mathews belted 512 homers and drove in 1,453 RBIs, earning him a spot in the Hall of Fame in '78. Mantilla began his Major League career in Milwaukee and spent six seasons with the Braves from 1956-61. He was Mathews' teammate on the '57 World Series championship club. The Braves Honor Roll is located on the field level concourse at Miller Park, on the third-base side of home plate.
Brewers affiliate loses at Miller Park
PHOENIX -- So much for home-field advantage in the so-called "Border Battle" at Miller Park.The home of the Brewers served as the site for Minor League baseball for the fourth time on Friday, when the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6-1, marking the first time Milwaukee's affiliate lost at the home of its parent club. Brewers affiliates were 3-0 in previous Border Battles. A crowd of 12,667 watched a pitchers' duel for five innings, but Timber Rattlers starter Damon Krestalude surrendered two runs in what turned into a four-run sixth-inning rally for the Kernels. First baseman Chris Dennis had three hits for Wisconsin and the middle infield duo of Scooter Gennett and Cutter Dykstra had two hits apiece.
Andre Ethier became the second player to beat the Brewers with a walk-off grand slam on Thursday. Texas' Buddy Bell did it in the ninth inning against the Brewers' Pete Ladd on Aug. 31, 1984. ... The Brewers announced the dates of their annual Milwaukee-area block parties on Friday: June 12 at McCarty Park in West Allis, July 24 at Burnham Park in Milwaukee and Aug. 21 at Ellsworth Park in Bayside. For details, visit Brewers.com/blockparty. ... Reliever Todd Coffey has been showing off a new toy in the clubhouse during this road trip. He's been playing with an iPad, and showed bullpen-mate Jeff Suppan MLB.com's At-Bat app on Friday.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.