7/13/2013 1:42 A.M. ET
Estrada improving, will throw bullpen session
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- Free from pain and discomfort on Friday a day after his back tightened up, Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada will throw a bullpen session Saturday at Chase Field.
The Brewers originally planned for Estrada, who has been sidelined since June 4 with a strained left hamstring, to throw live batting practice Saturday but canceled it after the 30-year-old said he woke up Thursday with his back "locked up."
So to help keep his back from becoming an issue moving forward, the Brewers will have Estrada throw a bullpen Saturday, and if that goes well, he'll then face live hitters. Once he completes that step, he'll begin the final stage of his rehab, a Minor League assignment.
"They just want to see how my back feels," Estrada said. "But to me, it feels fine. It was weird, but it wasn't the first time it has happened."
As for the hamstring injury that initially sent Estrada to the disabled list, he says it is no longer an issue.
"My hammy is feeling great, I've thrown two bullpens prior to coming up here and I haven't had any problems, so I think my hammy is 100 percent healed," Estrada said. "Now I just have to build up arm strength, and I should be good to go soon."
In addition to showing the higher-ups in the organization that he's healthy, this weekend gives Estrada a chance to hang out with his teammates again, something he has missed while going through rehab here in the desert.
"It's great to be around the guys," he said. "I live here [in Arizona], and it's nice to be home and all, but nothing beats being with the team. It's been a lot of fun, and I can't wait to get back on the mound."
Travel issues delay arrival of prospect Davis
PHOENIX -- Facing D-backs southpaw Patrick Corbin on Friday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wanted to pencil into the lineup right-handed-hitting Khris Davis, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville late Thursday night.
But because of multiple travel issues, Davis was unable to make it to Chase Field in time for the start of the game, and the Brewers instead turned to Logan Schafer, who bats left-handed.
"Today would've been the day," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We were hoping to have him here but some flight problems and delays happened, so we're looking for him to get here sometime during the game."
Davis, the Brewers' 14th overall prospect, flew to Nashville on Thursday with his teammates but couldn't get a flight to Arizona that night so he waited until this morning and had a layover in Atlanta, where multiple delays occurred.
Making the travel nightmare even worse was that Davis grew up in nearby Glendale, Ariz., and would've started in front of friends and family on Friday. Instead, he likely won't start the rest of the series with the D-backs sending right-handers to the mound on Saturday and Sunday.
Davis eventually arrived in Phoenix but not until the game was in the third inning. He hustled straight to the ballpark and found himself pinch-hitting in the seventh inning with runners on the corners and none out. Davis couldn't come up with a big hit though, striking out against D-backs lefty Patrick Corbin.
"I took some hacks in the cage, thought it was going to be a perfect opportunity to make a difference, but it didn't work out that way," Davis said.
Weeks plays 1,000th MLB game for Brewers
PHOENIX -- In his 10th Major League season, all with Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks played in his 1,000th career game Friday for the Brewers, starting at second base and batting fifth.
The 30-year-old is just the 11th player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.
"That's a lot of games, that's cool," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "The guy plays every day, he gets banged up and never complains. He works as hard as anybody we have and he just goes about his job."
Former Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder is 12th on the list with 998 games played in a Milwaukee uniform, while Hall of Famer Robin Yount sits atop with 2,856.
Weeks is a career .250 hitter with a .349 on-base percentage, 139 homers and 398 RBIs.
"He's a guy that I don't really ask, I just put him in the lineup," Roenicke said. "You never have to ask, 'Do you need a day?'"
Brewers to honor Yount with pregame ceremony
PHOENIX -- To commemorate a Hall of Fame legacy, the Brewers will honor the 20th anniversary of Robin Yount retiring from baseball with a special pregame ceremony Aug. 2 at Miller Park.
Yount, who hung up his cap following the 1993 season, spent the entirety of his 20-year Major League career in Milwaukee and his No. 19 was retired on May 29, 1994, at Milwaukee County Stadium.
To commemorate the two decades since he last suited up, the Brewers will present Yount with an original painting commissioned to remember the occasion and will make a $10,000 donation on behalf of Yount to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).
Yount will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch and be joined on the field by former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers.
"Robin's contributions to the Brewers are far too numerous to list, and we're looking forward to welcoming him back for this special occasion," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. "His time in Milwaukee was marked by great personal and team success, and it's an era that will forever be remembered as a magical time for baseball in Wisconsin."
The first 30,000 fans through the gates that day for the game against the Nationals will receive a poster of the painting given to Yount during the ceremony.
Yount finished his career with 3,142 hits and was the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brewer upon his induction in 1999. Paul Molitor followed suit in 2004. Yount broke into the big leagues at age 18 and won the American League Most Valuable Player Award in 1982 (shortstop) and 1989 (center field), becoming the third player in Major League history to win that award at two different positions.
• Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he texted with Ryan Braun on Friday, who was placed on the bereavement list Thursday because of a family medical issue. The Brewers don't expect the outfielder back until after the All-Star break.
"Things are looking OK," Roenicke said. "Still a tough situation though."
• The Brewers signed Micah Owings to a Minor League contract Friday. The pitcher/outfielder will report to the club's Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Ariz. Owings is a six-year Major League veteran with stints playing for the D-backs, Reds and Padres as a pitcher, but over the past two years he has tried his hand as a position player as well. Before being released by the Nationals on July 1, the 30-year-old played 31 games in the outfield and 21 games as the designated hitter for the club's Triple-A affiliate, batting .265 with eight homers.
• Entering Friday, Jonathan Lucroy had four home runs in his past five games.
"I've seen him locked in actually better than this, but he's driving the ball right now," Roenicke said. "When he's locked in, he's going to get two or three hits every game all over the field. Luc is just one of those guys who can hit."
Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.