09/17/10 10:37 PM ET
Brewers' Davis done for 2010
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Tardy Cain admits 'I made a mistake'
SAN FRANCISCO -- Rookie Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain learned his lesson: Don't be late.Cain was a late scratch from the starting lineup Wednesday in Houston after he arrived late to Minute Maid Park. He thought the series finale was at 7 p.m. CT, but it was actually an afternoon getaway game. "I made a mistake," Cain said. "Just a mistake. I'll learn from it." His replacement, Carlos Gomez, had three hits and helped manufacture the winning run in the 10th inning as the Brewers avoided an Astros sweep, so Gomez earned another start Friday against the Giants. Cain's absence had absolutely nothing to do with Wednesday's infraction, manager Ken Macha said. "[Gomez] got three hits and basically won the game," Macha said. "I try to be across the board with everybody -- you write the lineup out when you go out and perform well. There's no sanction [against Cain]. That's been dealt with."
Pitching prospect Rogers in line for two starts
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Brewers have settled the date for right-handed pitching prospect Mark Rogers' first Major League start. He'll pitch Sept. 24, the second night of a four-game series against the Marlins at Miller Park.Rogers is then "in line," manager Ken Macha said, to make a second start at some point during the Brewers' subsequent series, another four-gamer in New York against the Mets. The Brewers will work with a six-man starting rotation during Rogers' turns, but Macha and pitching coach Rick Peterson organized it such that the rookie Rogers will not face any teams in contention. At the moment, the Brewers are set to feature their three most consistent starters -- Randy Wolf, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Narveson -- in the season-ending series against the National League Central-leading Reds. Rogers, 24, has been pitching out of Milwaukee's bullpen since his Sept. 10 callup and worked a scoreless inning in each of his first two Major League appearances. He was a starter all season in the Minor Leagues, going 6-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 24 starts at Double-A Huntsville and one spot start at Triple-A Nashville. "I'd be real pleased with five [innings]," Macha said.
After promoting one wave of pitching prospects to the Majors in 2010 -- Zack Braddock, Jeremy Jeffress and Mark Rogers were the big names -- Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said he expects another to arrive in 2011. Asked about a timeline for prospects like Kyle Heckathorn, Jeffress, Jake Odorizzi, Wily Peralta, Amaury Rivas and Rogers, Nichols told fans participating in a chat at MLB.com on Friday that the wait might not be as long as some might think. "All of these players have the opportunity to play next year in the big leagues at some point, depending on their performances next year," Nichols said. ... Members of the Pioneer League champion Helena Brewers will get championship rings for winning the Rookie-level league title Thursday night.