09/02/12 2:24 PM ET
No steal of home for Brewers' Gomez
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Pirates' Hurdle says Brewers still dangerous
MILWAUKEE -- The defending National League Central champion Brewers have not been considered contenders since May, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has seen firsthand that they are still dangerous.Milwaukee entered Sunday having won 10 of its last 12 games, including four of five games in that stretch against Hurdle's pennant-chasing Pirates. "Toughest thing to do in sports is to repeat, I know that going in," Hurdle said Sunday morning. "They've had a lot of injuries, and some pitching challenges, which never bodes well for a club. They're a very dangerous club right now, very dangerous. Offensively, they can beat you a number of different ways. One of the best dynamics to have offensively is speed and power, and they have that. The speed shows up every day. "They're playing with a lot of pride, playing together. And whether you like it or not, sometimes you get in situations where your best opportunity is to finish strong, and wreck other people's seasons." The Brewers entered Sunday 7 1/2 games out of the NL Wild Card race, having picked up five games and leapfrogging three teams during their 10-2 run. They remain a long shot -- according to CoolStandings.com, Milwaukee has just a 0.6 percent chance of winning a Wild Card spot. "A lot of people counted us out a long time ago, and we keep finding ourselves in the win column," said Corey Hart, who hit a game-winning, walk-off home run Saturday night. "There's still a lot of faith in this clubhouse, and it's exciting to go out there every day and try to prove people wrong."
Injured Narveson begins throwing program
MILWAUKEE -- Mat Gamel is not the only injured Brewer making significant progress this week. Left-hander Chris Narveson, sidelined since April with a season-ending shoulder injury, has begun a throwing program and is hoping to resume mound work before the Brewers break for the winter.
Narveson played catch on Sunday for the fourth time since his May 1 surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
"We're just playing catch right now, just like we're getting ready for a season," Narveson said. "Hopefully, by the end of the season we're just starting to get off a mound."
Narveson is an interesting case for the Brewers. They have Yovani Gallardo locked into next year's rotation, and Mike Fiers has made an extremely strong case. That would leave three starting slots for a slew of candidates led by Marco Estrada, and including prospects Mark Rogers, Wily Peralta and Tyler Thornburg, plus Narveson.
Those are just the internal candidates. Manager Ron Roenicke has made a case for attempting to add one proven veteran pitcher via trade or free agency during the offseason.
Feeling "great," Narveson is simply focused on getting healthy.
"Right now, there is progress," he said. "Playing catch is a big step. It feels normal again, like we're getting ready for the spring, only it's the end of the season."