04/19/12 2:16 PM ET
Plush explains thought behind dash home
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Of his slow start, he said, "I've got the funks. It's just part of baseball. I guess my funk last year was my April, too, when I battled through all of those injuries. My character is getting tested right now, but I'm still the same person, even though things stink. For sure, I know Dr. Freeze ain't going to stay around too much longer."
Brewers battling against a clubhouse bug
MILWAUKEE -- Cameras caught Ryan Braun in a coughing fit while the Brewers' celebrated Wednesday's walk-off win, evidence of a second wave of illness sweeping through the clubhouse.The first came in Spring Training, and the latest has bitten such players as Braun, right fielder Corey Hart, reliever Francisco Rodriguez and Thursday's starter, Randy Wolf. "There's a lot of guys who aren't feeling too good, so it's there," said manager Ron Roenicke, who has been fighting his own bug for weeks. "I don't know if it's the same thing that went through us in Spring Training or not, because it seems to me that somebody keeps having it, and it keeps dragging this thing on. I don't know if it's something different or not."
Gamel makes first appearance on ASG ballot
MILWAUKEE -- First-timer Mat Gamel is among eight Brewers position players on this year's All-Star Game ballot, which was unveiled on Thursday afternoon in Kansas City.There were no surprises. Candidates include catcher Jonathan Lucroy, first baseman Gamel, second baseman Rickie Weeks, third baseman Aramis Ramirez, shortstop Alex Gonzalez, and outfielders Ryan Braun, Nyjer Morgan and Corey Hart. Online balloting begins on Friday at MLB.com. Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or using a mobile device -- until Thursday, June 28, at 10:59 p.m. CT. Braun, Gonzalez, Hart, Ramirez and Weeks have made previous All-Star teams. Braun has been voted to the National League's starting outfield four years running, and Weeks was also voted to the starting lineup last year.
Loe to miss games to attend funeral
MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Kameron Loe will miss three games beginning Saturday so he can attend his grandfather's funeral in California.Loe will be placed on the bereavement list during his absence, so the Brewers can call up a bullpen replacement from Triple-A Nashville. One candidate is right-hander Mike McClendon, who is on the 40-man roster and was the final reliever cut from camp. Loe first shared his grandfather's story this week with Twitter followers. Howard E. Pound, 92, passed away on Tuesday. He was an All-American in football and basketball at Michigan State, and the recipient of two Purple Hearts for service in World War II before raising four daughters. "My dad left when I was young, so he was like a father to me," Loe said. "When I was a kid, he bought me every piece of sports equipment I had, and I can count on my fingers the number of my games he missed from age 5 to 20. He was my biggest supporter. He was a great man." Loe expects to rejoin the team on Tuesday.
Experience at Miller Park seventh most affordable
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers ranked seventh on Team Marketing Report's annual "fan cost index," which measures the most affordable experiences in baseball. The index measures the price of four average-priced adult tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two adult-size adjustable caps.That cost at Miller Park for 2012 is $171.52, compared with the MLB average of $207.80. "Our goal is to give every Brewers fan a variety of options for entertainment when they come to Miller Park, and we're proud to feature a number of affordable packages for families," COO Rick Schlesinger said in a statement.