08/26/12 2:28 PM ET
Braun wowed by Dodgers-Red Sox deal
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Brewers might not shut down Fiers
PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers are considering Mike Fiers' winter workload into their decision about a possible shutdown before the end of the season, meaning Fiers might not be shut down until deep into September, if at all.Fiers has pitched 148 2/3 innings this season between Milwaukee and the Minor Leagues, topping his 128 innings in 2011 and his 125 innings in '10. But those totals do not include the 28 1/3 innings Fiers worked last year in the Venezuelan Winter League, or the 18 2/3 innings he pitched in the '10 Arizona Fall League. The stint in Venezuela pushed Fiers to 154 1/3 innings in 2011, not including Spring Training. The Brewers prefer to limit pitchers to 120-130 percent of their previous season's workload, so, using that math, Fiers would get 185-200 innings in '12. That leaves him 35-50 additional innings. That winter work explains why Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who has been asked at length about the team's plan for young arms like Fiers and Mark Rogers, continues to say that, "right now, I'm not thinking about that." Fiers would prefer to pitch through the end of the season. "I feel fine, and I hope I pitch the rest of the year," Fiers said. "I feel like, if you're healthy, you might as well pitch. ... I understand the whole idea of saving your arm and that you don't want to overdo it, especially if they want to get a look at some younger guys. "I feel like, not that I'm stronger, but earlier in the year, I was maybe stronger, but I wasn't pitching right. Now that I'm in a groove, I'm pitching better, with better command, instead of throwing harder. It is a long year for everyone, but right now I have better control of my pitches and it feels better than earlier in the year. I feel good and I want to keep throwing."
Roenicke plans to keep Weeks in two-hole
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has slipped backwards in recent weeks after working hard to push his batting average over the Mendoza Line, but manager Ron Roenicke said he had did not intend to drop Weeks back down in the batting order.Roenicke bumped Weeks up to the two-hole on Aug. 12, after a 52-game stretch in which Weeks batted .282 and consistently drove the baseball. But from Aug. 12 through Saturday, Weeks went 8-for-50 (.160) with two extra-base hits. "I know you say things haven't gone as well, but look at the ball he killed to left-center [on Friday, for a long out to the deepest part of PNC Park]," Roenicke said. "That's a home run anywhere. And look at some of the bullets he's hit at people. I think you have to look at the at-bats and what's going on."
Right-hander Shaun Marcum reported to manager Ron Roenicke that he felt "great" on Sunday, a day after returning from a two-month stay on the disabled list. Marcum absorbed a loss to the Pirates on Saturday night after surrendering four unearned runs in the fifth inning."I really thought he threw the ball well," Roenicke said. "I really would have liked to see him go into the sixth and see what would have happened in the sixth inning. But his pitches were really good. He really had those guys baffled."