08/22/12 7:01 PM ET
Cutting ties with Wolf, Brewers decide to go young
By Adam McCalvy and Jeremy Warnemuende / MLB.com
"Obviously things were brutal this year," Wolf said. "It's been really tough because I have felt good, and I haven't looked up and seen a decline [in velocity]. If I were throwing 84-85 mph and all of a sudden felt like I had no clue out there, I'd have a good idea of what was going on. But it's something that I just need to get better somehow, figure it out. Obviously, I'm leaving too many balls over the middle of the plate. If I do a better job of not doing that, I think I'll be OK."I'm going in with an open mind. It's a really tough pill to swallow. Luckily, I've always been humble in this game, and I realize what this game is like, so it's disappointing, but I'm not going to be angry about it. I have to go about my business and also appreciate how the Brewers went about this." Roenicke lauded Wolf's preparation and his positive role in the clubhouse, pointing to the mental grind as the source of Wolf's struggles. Wolf exited eight starts with the lead but was the victim of blown saves. The Brewers were 7-17 when he pitched. "I think he needs a new atmosphere," Roenicke said. "Randy is still not done pitching. I think next year, he is going to have a good year for somebody. But I think when you get to a point where things happen so negatively every time you go out and pitch, you can't just wipe it out. He tries to. He'll pitch well for a couple innings, something will happen, and it will blow up on him, and those bad thoughts, they keep coming back. ... Any time something would go bad, and you guys were watching, too, you could kind of read it in Randy. "I kept thinking it was going to turn around for him and for us, and it didn't seem to." Melvin was most disappointed to learn that Wednesday was Wolf's birthday. He said he didn't know. "I told him I'm proud of how he goes about his work," Melvin said. "He's a professional. He goes out there and battles, and he was a big part of our success last year, too. We signed him and brought him in here, and he did everything we asked and expected of him. So it's always tough, these kinds of decisions, with a professional guy like Randy and what he's meant to the game and the Brewers. But it's time that we give the ball to some of the younger guys."
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.