06/13/12 8:52 PM ET
K-Rod 'embarrassed' by recent results
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
"He's going to get it going," Roenicke said. "I've seen him too long, his stuff is too good."
Seeking runs, Brewers shuffle lineup again
KANSAS CITY -- Seeking a more consistent offense, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made another significant lineup adjustment Wednesday, moving Corey Hart back down to fifth and installing outfielder Norichika Aoki as the leadoff hitter for the near future.Roenicke drew up two lineups on Wednesday, one with Hart hitting leadoff and one with him hitting fifth. Then Roenicke polled his coaches. "We talked about, if he's leading off, he's going to end up with 50 RBIs this year, and he's one of our best RBI guys," Roenicke said. "So, we're trying to figure out how to score some more runs. We think Corey is a guy we want to drive in runs. "I'm not saying this is going to work. But, if you look at it on paper, it makes more sense to do it this way." Aoki, who has hit himself into regular duty as the right fielder with Hart's move to first base, batted leadoff on Wednesday and stands to remains there over the coming days or weeks.
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Roenicke to coach at All-Star Game
KANSAS CITY -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke hashed out some of his differences with former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa before accepting La Russa's invitation to be part of the National League's All-Star Game coaching staff.That staff was announced by Major League Baseball on Wednesday and also includes Mets manager Terry Collins, plus La Russa's staff from the 2011 world champion Cardinals. "It's an honor," said Roenicke, who coached third in the 2003 All-Star Game when he was with the defending champion Angels. "Any time you're asked to do something in that type of an arena, then that's an honor. "I had a discussion with Tony La Russa on it. It's hard when you're going so hard against a guy the year before, and now you're going to be on the same side with him, but it should be fun." Roenicke and La Russa had their differences in 2011, Roenicke's first year at the helm and La Russa's last, when the Brewers and Cardinals met for 18 tense games in the regular season, plus six more in the NL Championship Series. Those games included plunkings of Ryan Braun and Albert Pujols, La Russa's contention that the Brewers were manipulating the lighting at Miller Park, a near-fight between Nyjer Morgan and Chris Carpenter -- followed by Morgan calling Pujols "Alberta" -- and Zack Greinke's characterization of Carpenter as a "phony." "We had some battles last year, yes. I'll leave it at that," Roenicke said. "I talked about it, yes, and we're going to talk some more about it."
The Brewers finalized plans for three injured players ready to start rehabilitation assignments with Triple-A Nashville. Shortstop Cesar Izturis (left hamstring) will begin playing for the Sounds on Friday and first baseman Travis Ishikawa (left rib cage) will follow on Saturday.
Right-hander Marco Estrada (right quadriceps) will start Saturday for the Sounds, the first of two outings before the Brewers decide whether to reinstate him to the starting rotation. The Brewers expect to announce a number of additional signings from last week's First-Year Player Draft by the end of the week, including a deal with second-round pick Tyrone Taylor, a center fielder from Torrance (Calif.) High School, who had a scholarship offer from Cal-State Fullerton. Club officials cannot comment on any of the pending signings until the players pass physical exams.