08/20/12 10:05 PM ET
Defense has been a high point for Brewers
By Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
Brewers rotation set to undergo some changes
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke planned to meet Tuesday to set plans for a flurry of changes to the team's starting rotation in the coming weeks.Those changes should begin later this week with the return of right-hander Shaun Marcum, who made a third rehabilitation start Monday for Class A Wisconsin and pitched well, allowing a run on four hits in six innings, throwing 50 of 71 pitches for strikes. Assuming no setbacks, Marcum, who has missed more than two months with a stiff right elbow, will slide into the Brewers' rotation on either Saturday or Sunday in Pittsburgh, depending on whether he wants the extra day of rest. Asked whether someone would come out of the rotation for Marcum or whether the Brewers would stick with six starters, Roenicke said, "We need to talk about that. We've talked about both -- we've got plans for going with six, and we've got plans to make it five. We'll still need to talk about that." Roenicke said that, "right now," the Brewers are inclined to keep left-hander Randy Wolf in the rotation, but, "that will be something we talk about." Wolf is 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA after losing to the Phillies on Sunday. Melvin and Roenicke will discuss removing a number of others, including right-handers Mike Fiers and Mark Rogers, prospects who are nearing their innings limits. Ditto for righty Marco Estrada, who is under watch because he is in the midst of his heaviest workload since 2009. Besides Marcum's return, the Brewers are expected to add two prospects -- right-handers Wily Peralta and Tyler Thornburg -- before the end of the season. Each could make a start or series of starts to help the team make decisions about its 2013 pitching rotation. Those promotions are more likely to come after rosters expand beginning Sept. 1. Triple-A Nashville plays its final game on Sept. 3.
Roenicke thinks Greinke is still adjusting
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he wouldn't have been surprised if Zack Greinke didn't have his best stuff in his first couple games after getting traded to the Angels.However, he didn't expect the 28-year-old right-hander to struggle quite like he has. In Greinke's first five games with the Angels, he has a 6.19 ERA to go with a 1-2 record and two no-decisions. His start on Sunday, when he gave up six earned runs on seven hits in six innings, marked the first time in his career he gave up four runs or more in four straight outings. To Roenicke, he believes it's an issue of still getting adjusted to a new environment. "You take a guy like him, and he's real structured in everything he does," Roenicke said. "He got real comfortable here with how things were going, and now you put him with a whole new coaching staff, a whole new team and that's not easy to do. ... It's not easy to just be yourself and go through the same routine you usually do when your surroundings are so different." Roenicke said he doesn't expect Greinke's funk to last much longer, especially in Angel Stadium, which he considers a pitcher-friendly park. "I still think he's going to have some good starts for them," Roenicke said. "I think that last month, he's going to do well."
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.