05/29/12 1:30 AM ET
Lucroy to DL after injuring hand in odd mishap
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Third baseman Ramirez, reliever Loe return
LOS ANGELES -- While they worried about catcher Jonathan Lucroy's new injury, the Brewers did get a double dose of good news on Monday, when third baseman Aramis Ramirez and reliever Kameron Loe declared themselves fit for duty against the Dodgers.Ramirez, who suffered a bruised elbow on a hit-by-pitch Friday in Arizona, took some swings Monday afternoon and told manager Ron Roenicke he was ready to rejoin the lineup. Ramirez admitted he was less than full strength. "He felt like he could play, put it that way," Roenicke said. Loe said his right elbow felt much better Monday and he was available to pitch. That was not the case on Sunday, when he felt tight warming up in the sixth inning against Arizona and the Brewers went to Jose Veras instead. Loe's bout of tightness came after he threw 103 pitches while working three of four days from May 20-23. "It's always hard for me to say no, and it killed me [Sunday], I hated it," Loe said. "But we've had a lot of work in the bullpen and we don't need anyone else getting hurt, that's for sure."
Conrad bids for a hit in second Brewers stint
LOS ANGELES -- Utility man Brooks Conrad returned to the Brewers on Monday with some hardware in tow.Conrad was named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week on the same day he was formally recalled to the Majors, a perfect bit of timing to highlight Conrad's strange season so far. He batted .417 for the Sounds last week with five home runs and 15 RBIs in six games. He has a hit in 16 consecutive Triple-A games, and an extra-base hit in 10 straight. Oh, and stuck in the middle is an 0-for-21 stint with the big league Brewers. "I wasn't swinging the bat the way I wanted to up here, but I made one quick little adjustment after my second at-bat down there and figured something out that was probably the reason I was fouling a bunch of pitches off up here," Conrad said. That adjustment had to do with his hands, Conrad said. He credited Nashville hitting coach Al LeBoeuf for identifying the fix. "The confidence was there, the hitting approach was there, it was just a little minor thing that I was doing mechanically that was really not giving me the best chance to put a good swing on the ball," Conrad said. "I knew I was under the ball, knew I was popping things up. I just didn't know what I was doing mechanically. Hopefully, I made the right adjustment and I can turn it around." Conrad was the first Nashville player to win a weekly honor since outfielder Jason Bourgeois in June 2009.
Even with Travis Ishikawa on the DL, manager Ron Roenicke was not ready to declare Corey Hart the everyday first baseman. He said Taylor Green would continue to get an occasional start there. And one key to playing Hart more often at first base, Roenicke said, is getting outfielder Norichika Aoki into the starting lineup as often as possible.
"We need to score some runs," Roenicke said.
Roenicke met with center fielder Nyjer Morgan on Monday about Morgan's failure to run full-speed to first base on a key bases-loaded double play in Sunday's loss to the D-backs. Morgan turned toward home to see if there was a play at the plate, giving Arizona catcher Henry Blanco time to turn an inning-ending twin-killing.
"There's times when you have other things on your mind and you don't focus on the things you need to, because the play is still alive," Roenicke said.
One thing that might have been on Morgan's mind is that he remains without an RBI in 112 at-bats entering Monday.