4/17/2013 2:07 A.M. ET
Brewers have options for Saturday's start
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have yet to name a probable pitcher for Saturday's game against the Cubs, when they need a fifth starter for the first time since Mike Fiers struggled against the D-backs on April 6. It could be Fiers again, manager Ron Roenicke said, or a Triple-A callup.
Tyler Thornburg, who made eight appearances -- including three starts -- for the Brewers last season, is slated to pitch for the Nashville Sounds on Friday. Another right-handed prospect, Hiram Burgos, is scheduled for Saturday. Both are on Milwaukee's 40-man roster.
"It will come down to what happens in some of these games," Roenicke said. "If Fiers gets in them, or we think Fiers is needed to be our long guy in the bullpen, then we'll try to go grab somebody else. But it's going to come down, probably, to a couple of days before that start."
Fiers did not help his cause on Tuesday, when the Brewers hoped to get two or three innings of relief work from him and instead got four outs.
"I would like to see him throwing the ball well before I make that decision to put him back in there to start," Roenicke said. "That's why we were hoping to see him pitch well out of the bullpen, then it's easier to slip him back in."
Weeks takes particular pride in donning No. 42
MILWAUKEE -- Second baseman Rickie Weeks remembers fans hurling racial epithets at him in college, so it is with particular pride each April that he dons a uniform with Jackie Robinson's No. 42.
The Brewers and Giants were off Monday, so instead they recognized Jackie Robinson Day on Tuesday, 66 years and one day after Robinson broke baseball's color barrier by debuting with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
In 1997, under the direction of Commissioner Bud Selig, Robinson's No. 42 was retired across all of Major League Baseball in an unprecedented tribute.
"It's one of those times we get to recognize [Robinson], what he went through to pave the way for people like me and other guys in this room," Weeks said. "They have to be proud of that."
Weeks saw the Robinson film "42" in St. Louis on Saturday with his fiancée, and gave a positive review. He is glad that filmmakers depicted with such jarring brutality the treatment Robinson received from fans, opponents and even some teammates.
"I can tell you that I've been part of some stuff like that, personally," he said, referring to his days at Southern University. "Going to the movie, I knew it was going to be harsh, but that's just how life is sometimes. I'm glad they put that in the forefront."
All of the Brewers and Giants -- and even the umpires -- wore No. 42 at Miller Park on Tuesday night, when the game-time temperature outside the heated dome was, appropriately, 42 degrees.
Brewers sticking with Weeks at cleanup
MILWAUKEE -- Rickie Weeks batted fourth again on Tuesday, and he has no intention of asking for anything different.
Weeks went 6-for-11 while hitting in his customary two-hole to start the season, then went 1-for-4 in each of his two games hitting third for the injured Ryan Braun. But when cleanup man Aramis Ramirez went down with a knee injury and Weeks was moved to that spot, the lights went out.
Entering Tuesday's game against the Giants, Weeks had one hit and 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats spanning his last six games, five of them batting cleanup. But he won't look to switch.
"You can't do that right now," Weeks said. "We're trying to win games, and I'm not the one to make excuses or anything like that. We're trying to win games right now, and we've been struggling a little bit, but I think we're all going to come up. There's no pity party, so you have to go out there and do your job."
Weeks grounded out to end the first inning but did his job with the bases loaded and one out in the third, pulling a game-tying two-run double down the left-field line. He promptly scored on Jonathan Lucroy's go-ahead two-run single.
Manager Ron Roenicke's second-best option for the cleanup spot could be Lucroy, who is 8-for-22 after an 0-for-13 start to the season. But on Tuesday, Roenicke was sticking with Weeks.
"Rick, I still think he fits the profile well when he's swinging the bat well," Roenicke said. "He definitely can be a fourth hitter, and he got out of whack right at a time when I put him in the fourth spot. So we'll figure that out, whether it's Rick or whether we move him back to second. I don't think [red-hot shortstop Jean Segura] is going to want to hit fourth, so we'll figure that out."
Weeks said that he and Roenicke have not discussed his spot in the batting order since the first day he batted fourth, and he offers no excuses for his slump.
"It's fine," Weeks said. "It's same old, same old. Obviously, you get pitched a little bit different, maybe. But other than that, it's all the same."
Roenicke recalls Adenhart after Gallardo's arrest
MILWAUKEE -- Manager Ron Roenicke had a very personal reaction to the news that Yovani Gallardo had been arrested early Tuesday and cited for driving drunk.
Roenicke was an Angels coach on April 9, 2009, when right-hander Nick Adenhart was killed in an auto accident caused by a drunk driver. Roenicke and Adenhart were very close, and four years later, talking about that incident is still difficult for the third-year manager, who nonetheless made sure to mention it in his chat with Gallardo.
"I asked him if he remembered the name, and he did," Roenicke said.
Adenhart was 22 and only hours removed from a sparkling season debut when he and three friends were struck by an impaired driver who had run a red light. Two members of Adenhart's party were killed instantly; Adenhart died later of his injuries.
The next day, Angels players and staffers gathered at the stadium, even though that night's game against the A's had been postponed. It was Roenicke who stepped forward and broke the silence.
Tuesday's news rekindled that memory, and Roenicke made sure to share it with Gallardo.
"[Gallardo] feels bad about it," he said. "He knows he shouldn't have been in that position to ever have something like that come up. … I guess the thing that I like out of this is that nothing bad happened. There wasn't any accident, which always worries me, because I've been through it before with Adenhart, when I was with the Angels. I think it's a lesson that is good, probably, to happen this way, instead of maybe something worse happening. I hope everybody else on the team realizes what can happen, and that everybody is smarter because of it.
"After talking to Yo, I think what he has to say to some of the guys, especially the young guys, is going to mean a lot coming from him, having to go through this."
Gallardo was not expected to address the team on Tuesday, but he has been told that when the time feels right, he should feel free to do so.
"Hey, I don't want this to be easy on him," Roenicke said. "He needs to know that this can never happen again, and I think he does."
Tribute to Boston victims at Giants-Brewers game
MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park paid a musical tribute on Tuesday to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing the day before.
After the bottom of the third inning, those in attendance sang along to the theme song from the Boston-based sitcom "Cheers." A message on the scoreboard read, "To our friends in Boston, our thoughts are with you tonight."
The Brewers and Giants also observed a moment of silence before the game to honor those lost and affected.
All around Major League Baseball, teams made similar shows of solidarity. At many stadiums, including Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field, teams played Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," replicating the daily tradition at Fenway Park.
• Double-A Huntsville Stars right-hander Jimmy Nelson, the Brewers' ninth-best prospect according to MLB.com, struck out eight batters in a five-inning no-decision on Monday and entered Tuesday tied for the fifth-most strikeouts in all of Minor League Baseball, with 20.
• Infielder Jeff Bianchi, on the 15-day disabled list with a hip injury, went 3-for-4 in a pair of games for Huntsville to begin a rehab assignment. He started at shortstop on Saturday and played three innings, then started at third base on Sunday and played five innings. He was off on Monday.