09/09/12 6:50 PM ET
Rogers not ready to shut it down this season
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Braun hurts wrist, Hart sprains ankle on Sunday
ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers lost first baseman Corey Hart and left fielder Ryan Braun to injuries within the span of two innings in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals. Braun tweaked a right wrist that has bothered him for a while, and Hart hurt his left ankle.Hart, batting .351 over his last 25 games, had two hits and scored two runs before leaving the game. He was hurt in the top of the fourth inning when he rounded second base after a Jonathan Lucroy single, then planted and returned to the bag. "I didn't turn it; my foot just felt like something inside had a real bad burning," Hart said. "I saw a doctor and of course they don't know anything yet. I'll see our guys when we get to [Miller Park] tomorrow. Hopefully I get there tomorrow and feel better." He appeared to limp home in the fourth inning on Jean Segura's RBI single, and also moved gingerly in the field after playing the bottom of that frame. Hart was replaced at first base in the fifth inning by Travis Ishikawa. Braun was 0-for-3 before abruptly exiting in the sixth with his sore wrist. "I've dealt with it for a while, off and on, and occasionally I take an awkward swing and irritate it," Braun said. "I'll be all right though." Braun is the National League leader with 38 home runs, and on Friday became the first player in Brewers history to reach 100 RBIs in five different seasons.
Twenty years ago, Yount made history with 3,000th hit
ST. LOUIS -- Twenty years ago, The Kid cemented his place in Cooperstown.Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of Hall of Famer Robin Yount's 3,000th hit, an opposite-field single off Indians reliever Jose Mesa at Milwaukee County Stadium on Sept. 9, 1992. In an interview with MLB.com last year, just before Yankees captain Derek Jeter joined the club, Yount recalled the uncomfortable run-up to his milestone. "It almost feels like you're out there alone. It's kind of a weird feeling," he said. "At least it was for me. I remember that we were in a pennant race the year I got mine and it was late in the year. I felt very uncomfortable because it seemed like the focus was on me, and I felt that it should have been on the team because we had a legitimate chance to win that division that year. "I found myself getting caught up in it because everyone else was caught up in it. I'll be honest -- for me, it was a bit of a distraction. I can remember when I got within one or two hits, I got real angry at myself because I was distracted. I had a long talk with myself after one of those games, I don't remember which one." It was somewhere from Sept. 7-9, 1992. The Brewers were hosting the Indians for a quick, three-game homestand, and Yount felt pressure to reach his milestone at County Stadium before heading out for a seven-game trip to Baltimore and Boston. He got a hit in each of the first two games of the series, then went hitless in his first three at-bats in the finale before knocking a seventh-inning single against Mesa. "I can remember saying, 'Hey, snap out of it. This isn't about one hit,'" Yount said. "I was trying to get back to the guy who had played 19 years at that point on a daily basis instead of focusing on this one silly hit. I guess it's human nature. So many people are making such a big deal out of this one hit out of 3,000, and it's amazing what happens when there's something in your mind that hasn't been there before." When he got his milestone hit, longtime teammates Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner were the first to embrace Yount at first base. "You get 3,000 hits because of longevity, and I guess what I'm most proud of," Yount said. Veteran scribe Ton Haudricourt noted Sept. 9, 1992 was also the day Brewers president Allan H. "Bud" Selig's fellow owners named him Chairman of the Major League Executive Council. The vote made Selig the interim Commissioner in the wake of Fay Vincent's resignation two days earlier. Selig has run Major League Baseball ever since.
• Norickhia Aoki, still adjusting to the more grueling Major League Baseball schedule, started again Sunday amid an 0-for-11 funk. Roenicke wanted to give Aoki a day off Thursday in Miami, but Aoki instructed translator Kosuke Inaji to call the manager that morning to request a spot in the lineup."They know more about themselves than I do; they're out there every day," Roenicke said. • Roenicke declined to give the Cardinals a roadmap, but conceded that some of his late-inning relievers were unavailable Sunday because of a recent heavy workload. Closer John Axford was almost certainly one of them after pitching six of the first eight days in September. Francisco Rodriguez and Jim Henderson had each pitched four of the previous five days. "Somebody else is going to have to do it tonight," Roenicke said.
• The Brewers claimed Minor League left-hander Miguel De Los Santos off waivers from the Rangers, that club told reporters. With De Los Santos, the Brewers have 39 players on their 40-man roster. He is not related to Fautino De Los Santos, a right-hander reliever acquired last month in a trade with the A's.