07/30/12 7:40 PM ET
Axford: Relievers to blame for coach's dismissal
By Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
Braun out of lineup with blisters on left hand
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers played Monday without All-Star left fielder Ryan Braun, who needed the day off to receive treatment for blisters on his left hand.The issue has bothered Braun for some time, manager Ron Roenicke said, and is one reason Braun was 2-for-17 with six strikeouts in the first four games of the team's homestand. Nyjer Morgan started in left field Monday, batting seventh against the Astros. "He's got some blisters on his hand that he's been fighting with for a few days now, and doesn't seem to be getting any better," Roenicke said. "So we gave him a day. He tore it up pretty good about a week ago, and they've been trying to get it back together and get it healed up. But sometimes, especially with one-armed follow-throughs, with the deep [blisters], sometimes it's hard to get rid of them." Roenicke hoped to have Braun back in the lineup on Tuesday. In better news, third baseman Aramis Ramirez returned to the lineup Monday after being limited to a pinch-hit appearance the day before. He has been dealing with a sore left wrist.
Right-hander Shaun Marcum (elbow) will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday or Wednesday, then could throw a simulated game over the weekend in St. Louis. If he passes those tests, Marcum could head out for multiple Minor League rehabilitation starts. Manny Parra hasn't pitched for the Brewers since July 24, and manager Ron Roenicke said on Monday that's partly because of an "irritation" or "pinching" in the left-hander's shoulder. Roenicke said he didn't think Parra would need to go on the disabled list, but he also wasn't sure on the severity or what caused the injury. The Brewers released right-hander Seth McClung from the Triple-A roster Monday, a day after McClung surrendered nine runs, walked eight and surrendered a pair of grand slams to Dodgers prospect Jerry Sands in the span of four innings. The Brewers needed the rotation spot for Tyler Thornburg, who was sent down Sunday to resume a routine as a starting pitcher. McClung wrote in a text message that he was thankful for the opportunity with the Brewers and that he planned to pursue a return to the Major Leagues. "I will continue to get stronger and keep fighting," he said. Power-hitting outfield prospect Brock Kjeldgaard cleared waivers and joined Double-A Huntsville on Monday. He had been outrighted from the 40-man roster last week. So had shortstop Edwin Maysonet, who accepted his assignment to Triple-A Nashville. Outfielder Khris Davis was promoted from Huntsville to Nashville on Monday after another outfielder, Logan Schafer, was placed on the seven-day disabled list. Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said Schafer was dealing with a sore right knee and needed some rest. Davis, a seventh-round Draft pick in 2009, had been red-hot, going 22-for-38 over his last 10 games with five home runs. He was named the Southern League's player of the week on Monday. Class A Brevard County right-hander Andy Moye was named the Florida State League's pitcher of the week after a seven-inning, one-hit win against Fort Myers.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.