08/07/12 9:08 PM ET
K-Rod making Roenicke's job difficult
By Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
"I thought he threw the ball OK last night. I was encouraged by the way he threw. I know the outcome wasn't good, but I was encouraged with the way he threw the ball."Encouraged enough to pitch Rodriguez with the game on the line? "I think we'll just kind of see how the game goes along and where the pieces fall and who's available that night," Roenicke said. "I still like the way [rookie Jim Henderson] is throwing the ball, so I think he'll be somewhere in the mix later on. But maybe I'm in trouble in the sixth inning and I need Henderson to get out of it, so now that changes what we do in the seventh, eighth and ninth. "It changes a lot. Even though we have plans, we want to win that game, so if we have to change things in our plans, then we'll do that."
Morgan enjoys hosting PLAY Campaign event
MILWAUKEE -- Nyjer Morgan -- along with members of Brewers training staff -- helped host a national PLAY Campaign event on Tuesday.PLAY stands for Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth, and the event brought about 100 local kids to Miller Park to learn about baseball, fitness and how to live a healthy lifestyle. The campaign is led by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) with the Taylor Hooton Foundation and MLB Charities. Morgan's face lit up and he smiled as he talked about spending the morning helping Milwaukee area youth. "It's all about the kids," Morgan said. "The smiles on the kids' faces, that's the best thing I get out of it." Jack Dankwardt, 11, was one of the approximately 100 kids to participate in the PLAY event. Traveling from Menomonee Falls, Wis., Dankwardt said being on the field Tuesday morning was exciting, but that was something he had done before. "The best part was having a Brewer player come on the field with us," Dankwardt said. "He made sure we listened and taught us how to play the game and stuff." For Morgan, he said he had as much fun as those in attendance. "Going out there and being a big kid myself and playing with the kids out here at Miller Park, it's a dream come true," Morgan said.
Brewers reliever Manny Parra, who hasn't pitched since July 24 because of a pinching in his left shoulder, received positive feedback from Dr. William Raasch on Monday. Both Parra and manager Ron Roenicke said Raasch didn't report any issues. Roenicke still didn't have a date for Parra's return, but he said the Brewers might push the 29-year-old left-hander, who went through a regular throwing routine on Tuesday, back as far as 120 feet. In their last eight home games entering Tuesday, the Brewers have connected on 18 home runs. Meanwhile, in the team's last eight road games, Milwaukee has just seven home runs. Roenicke admitted Miller Park is a hitter's stadium on Tuesday, but he thinks there's more to his team's success with the long ball at home. "I know when you like hitting in your ballpark and you have confidence coming into the game, it makes a difference," Roenicke said. "You're more patient at the plate, you know you just have to square up balls and they're going to carry well. So that can be part of it, but I'm just glad to see we're scoring some runs." The Brewers entered Tuesday with the top three extra-base hit producers in the National League. Aramis Ramirez led the league with 53 before homering in the first inning, Corey Hart was second with 51 and Ryan Braun was in a tie for third with 50. Ramirez was also tied for the Major League lead in doubles with 37.
Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.