5/26/2013 6:50 P.M. ET
Hand promoted, makes big league debut
By Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Donovan Hand was so close to cracking the Brewers' Opening Day roster.
But Hand, the last pitcher cut out of Spring Training, didn't have to wait too long to get the callup to Milwaukee.
The reliever was promoted from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday to take the roster spot of closer Jim Henderson, joining a Brewers' pitching staff still trying to figure things out after Henderson was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right hamstring.
It didn't take long for Hand to be summoned by manager Ron Roenicke in the finale vs. the Pirates, as the right-hander pitched two innings and allowed three hits and one earned run while walking one and striking out three in the Brewers' 5-4 loss.
Hand left Nashville at 7 a.m. CT Sunday, getting little sleep after a late game on Saturday night. His parents, Don and Betty, drove two hours from Nashville to their home in Alabama to pick up Hand's brother before turning around and making the long trek up to Milwaukee.
"Kind of a crazy travel day, but nothing I'm not accustomed to," Hand said after making the rounds in the clubhouse, shaking hands and hugging teammates when he arrived at 11 a.m. "You'd go with no sleep to be up here at this time of the year. I'm definitely excited to be here and help this team win."
Roenicke said the team liked what they saw this spring from Hand, who surrendered only two earned runs in 15 Cactus League innings.
"We'll see how often we're going to use him," Roenicke said. "He's pretty durable, so we think we can bring him back [on short rest after an outing] and not have to sit him too long."
Hand had a 2-1 record with a 3.18 ERA in 16 relief appearances for Nashville.
"Once I left here [after Spring Training], I felt a long way away," Hand said. "I'm back here now."
Roenicke, Melvin meet to discuss state of club
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke and general manager Doug Melvin met for about an hour in Roenicke's clubhouse office on Sunday to discuss the state of the team.
"We talked a little bit about everything," Roenicke said shortly after the meeting. "Making sure that there's not something that we're missing and something we could be doing a little bit better on our end. There's a lot going on. We need to figure it out."
The Brewers, who have scuffled to a 19-28 start, entered Sunday 5-17 in May. Milwaukee hasn't won a series since it took the first two games of a three-game set with the Pirates at the end of April.
"Nobody's happy about how we're playing," Roenicke said. "We need to figure out what we can do to try to get it back on track again. There are no clear answers."
The Brewers' pitching staff has been subpar this month, and DL stints for closer Jim Henderson and Hiram Burgos and a nagging elbow injury to Kyle Lohse have raised questions about how the staff will shape up for the near future.
The offense hasn't done its part either, scoring two or fewer runs in five of the last six games. Friday's 2-1 win over the Pirates was the Brewers' first win when scoring fewer than three runs.
"I know the players, they're working hard to try to get back to some of the skill set that they have and have performed and showed in the past," Roenicke said. "You've got some guys that are still playing great and some guys that aren't playing to what we're used to seeing. Is there a way we can help them get there faster?"
Aramis settling back into routine at hot corner
MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez started at third base Sunday for the third consecutive game for the first time since returning from the disabled list on May 3.
Ramirez missed 23 games with a sprained left knee he suffered while sliding into second base against the D-backs on April 5.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he talked to Ramirez on Saturday, and the third baseman said he wanted to play Sunday.
"It's nice to have him in there, in the lineup," Roenicke said. "Aramis is feeling a little better -- that's why we feel we can go another day with him. So we'll see what happens tomorrow, but he wanted to play today."
Ramirez entered Sunday hitting .308 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 15 starts since returning from the DL, but he has just two hits in his last four starts at third base.
On the season, the slugger is hitting .323 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 20 games and 19 starts at third base.
• Before and during Monday's 1:10 p.m. CT game between the Brewers and Twins, the teams will celebrate Memorial Day by honoring those who serve and have served with a series of pregame events at Miller Park.
A "mass first pitch" will be thrown by 40 active members of the military, veterans and military dependents to Brewers and Twins players prior to the game. Color Guards from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force will also participate in the pregame ceremonies, and Staff Sergeant Korin Saal will perform the national anthem.
The Brewers will wear Memorial Day caps and jerseys featuring a Desert Camo design, and at 3 p.m., the game will pause for a moment of silence with all of MLB in the National Moment of Remembrance.
• The Brewers on Sunday were making travel arrangements for left-hander Chris Narveson, who is scheduled to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Nashville on Thursday at home against Iowa.
If that two-inning outing goes well, Narveson would start again five days later -- on June 4 at Round Rock. He has been on the disabled list since the first week of April with a sprained ligament in his left finger.
• To make room for Hand on the full 40-man roster, the Brewers shifted right-hander Mark Rogers to the 60-day disabled list. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said he had no new information on Rogers, who is back in Phoenix trying to build strength in his right shoulder.
Rogers' Minor League rehab assignment was cut short earlier this month when he felt discomfort in his arm, but an MRI scan revealed no definitive answers.
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.