08/01/10 6:59 PM ET
Hart pushing for contract extension
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Gamel to play some first base, outfield
HOUSTON -- Top Brewers prospect Mat Gamel made his first career start in right field on Saturday for Triple-A Nashville, and it's not the only new position being added to his repertoire.Gamel will continue to primarily play third base, but starts in right field and at first base will be "sprinkled" into his schedule, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. It's an effort to speed Gamel's ascension to the Majors and cover the Brewers in case they trade right fielder Corey Hart or first baseman Prince Fielder. "You don't want to limit your options," Ash said. "I went there three weeks ago or so, and we talked about the fact that in order for him to come to the big leagues and get at-bats, he's going to have to play a few different places. So we've gone from the practice to games." Gamel has been practicing in the outfield and at first base for weeks. The Brewers are in the beginning stages of a similar project with 2008 first-round Draft pick Brett Lawrie, a primary second baseman. Lawrie has been taking grounders at third base and also working in the outfield, but probably will not play those alternate positions until after this season. Lawrie could be a candidate for the Arizona Fall League. Gamel, meanwhile, will need surgery early in the offseason to repair a left big toe injury that's similar to the one suffered by then-Brewers outfielder Laynce Nix in 2006. So far, Gamel has been able to play with the pain.
Wolf to have MRI on injured left wrist
HOUSTON -- Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf was sent back to Milwaukee for an MRI on Monday morning to determine if there's any damage in his swollen left wrist, which was complete with a seams impression to commemorate the line drive that ended Sunday's gem of an outing against the Astros.Wolf was struck by a Hunter Pence line drive at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, cutting short Wolf's afternoon and sending the Brewers scrambling to a 5-2 loss to the Astros and a three-game sweep. Wolf went to a local hospital for X-rays, which were negative, then traveled back to Milwaukee for a Monday morning visit with head team physician William Raasch. "The initial reaction when you get hit that hard, chances are it's not going to be good news. So far, it's good news," Wolf said. "I can move it and stuff, but we just want to make sure everything is OK before we move forward." Wolf had allowed only five hits and no runs through his first six innings of work when Pence lined a pitch back up the middle leading off the seventh. Brewers head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger came out for a look and Wolf exited. He was already on his way toward the dugout when manager Ken Macha started making his way toward the mound. "I knew I was out of the game, so there's no use in wasting time," Wolf said. "I'm not Wolverine. It's not going to be better right away." "I hate to see that happen and I hope he's OK," Pence said. "Really, I feel bad. He's a friend of mine, and you don't want to see anyone take one anywhere. You don't mean to do it. I'm trying to call over there and talk to him and apologize. It's part of the game and I hope he's OK." The 33-year-old Wolf is in the first season of a three-year contract and was working on his second consecutive quality start. He limited the Reds to two runs on five hits six days earlier in Milwaukee, and with only 75 pitches through his first six innings on Sunday, might have had a chance for his first complete game since 2008.
Hawkins has successful return from DL
HOUSTON -- LaTroy Hawkins credited Brewers head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger for help returning from two-plus months on the disabled list with right shoulder weakness. Hawkins pitched a scoreless inning against the Astros on Friday night."Roger helped me mentally, because he said that's the last part to come back -- the mental part," Hawkins said. "It's about going out there trusting your stuff, and I'm trusting Roger. I have faith in Roger. Once I get out there, I'm fine, but in all the dead time before the game, I'm sitting there thinking about it." Once the trust returned, Hawkins said, so did the velocity. He mostly sat in the 92-93-mph range during his one-inning stint on Friday, and touched 95 mph on one pitch. "A little nervous," Hawkins said. "But you get out there in the heat of the battle and it's ready to get back down to business." Nervous? This is a guy going on his 16th big league season. "When you stop getting nervous," he said, "it's time for you to go home."
Rickie Weeks tied for the National League lead in August with nine home runs, the third straight month a Brewers player finished atop the leader board. Prince Fielder led the league with 10 homers in June, and Corey Hart led the way with 10 homers in May. ... Weeks and closer John Axford were named the Brewers' Player and Pitcher of the Month for June. Weeks batted .292 for the month and drove in 20 runs from the leadoff hole, and Axford converted seven of eight saves with a 2.25 ERA. ... Jim Edmonds returned to the Brewers' lineup Sunday for only his second start in the past three series. He's been hobbled by a tight right Achilles tendon, but manager Ken Macha is hopeful that the veteran can start a second straight game Monday in Chicago.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.