03/01/2013 6:16 PM ET
Gorzelanny, Gonzalez make Brewers debuts
By William Boor / MLB.com
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Left-handed pitchers Tom Gorzelanny and Michael Gonzalez, signed as free agents in the offseason, made their Brewers debuts on Friday against the Colorado Rockies.
Exactly what any club wants from a relief pitcher, Gorzelanny's debut was uneventful. The 30-year-old pitched the first inning and did not allow a hit. Josh Rutledge was the one player to reach base against Gorzelanny (on an error), but he was picked off shortly after. His inning was capped with a strikeout of Carlos Gonzalez. Gorzelanny threw 12 pitches, seven of which were strikes.
Gonzalez, who signed a one-year, $2.21 million contract in December, pitched the third inning and allowed two runs on three hits. He also recorded a swinging strikeout.
After a season in which the Brewers blew a league-high 29 saves and had a relief ERA of 4.66, it was no secret the bullpen had to be addressed prior to the 2013 season.
The additions of Gorzelanny and Gonzalez, who were teammates with the Washington Nationals in 2012, provide Milwaukee with a pair of reliable lefties.
Gorzelanny appeared in 45 games for the Nationals and posted a 2.88 ERA, the lowest of his career.
Gonzalez pitched in 47 games for Washington and had an ERA of 3.03.
Prince learning how to be big leaguer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Spring Training is about preparing for the upcoming baseball season, but that does not necessarily mean all the lessons are taking place on the diamond
Outfield prospect Josh Prince is in his first Major League camp and is taking the opportunity to learn as much as he can about the day-to-day life of a big leaguer.
"All the guys in the locker room are just absolutely first-class guys and the biggest impression I've had is how nice and how genuine and how accepting they are to the younger guys," Prince said. "It's unbelievable."
Prince, who prefers to be a quiet observer of the veterans, has been learning a lot about how the Brewers treat their bodies to ensure they will hold up over the long season.
The 25-year-old outfielder has only been in camp a couple weeks, but believes the experiences and interactions with the Brewers' veterans will help him on the field and with his body.
"I think it's going to change a little bit," Prince said of the way he will now approach the game. "Granted, I still have my own routine and will stick with that, but I'm picking things up here and there, like with [Ryan] Braun and how much he stretches to keep his body right. I'm going to do that a lot more now."
After hitting .251 in Double-A Huntsville, Spring Training is Prince's first chance to impress manager Ron Roenicke and the rest of the Brewers' Major League coaching staff.
In Thursday's 4-2 win over the Chicago White Sox, Prince hit a two-run homer -- his first hit of the spring.
Although he remains confident in his abilities, Prince has noticed how much tougher the Major Leagues are.
"Guys don't make as many mistakes here as they do at the lower levels," Prince said.
But at the end of the day, he is playing a game he has played his entire life. And that is something he reminds himself when he may find himself a bit overwhelmed or starstruck.
"It's still baseball," Prince said. "It's the same game and there's no difference from T-ball at five to playing as a 30-year-old."
Crosby tests thigh, targets Tuesday return
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Bobby Crosby, who is recovering from a strained left thigh, tested his leg by running through some pregame drills on Thursday and the Brewers were happy with the results.
"[He's] coming along pretty good," manage Ron Roenicke said. "Ran yesterday and they were happy with it, didn't feel [pain]. Didn't go 100 percent, but that was good.
The 2004 American League Rookie of the Year has not played in a Major League game since 2010, but is competing for the final spot on the Brewers bench and expects to get back on the field early next week.
The current target date for Crosby's return is Tuesday according to Roenicke.
Milwaukee has an off day Monday and then plays Team Canada on Tuesday.
• The Brewers players participating in the World Baseball Classic will all leave on Sunday. Some players will have the option of going to Brewers camp Sunday if their team does not have anything scheduled, but it is assumed all players participating in the Classic will not be present Sunday.
• While the Brewers played the Colorado Rockies, their minor leaguers played an exhibition game against Italy.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.