7/30/2013 3:30 P.M. ET
Gindl takes hold of Brewers' left-field job
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Logan Schafer's achy left knee and Caleb Gindl's hot bat have conspired to create a change of plans for the Brewers in the wake of losing Ryan Braun for the remainder of the season.
Gindl has overtaken Schafer as the Brewers' regular left fielder by batting .385 (10-for-26) in his first nine games following the All-Star break, including his first Major League home run, a walk-off winner that beat the Marlins on July 21. He made his fourth consecutive start in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Cubs.
Schafer, meanwhile, entered Tuesday in a 3-for-17 (.176) funk in nine games since the All-Star break while getting treatment on a left knee that flared up in the final series of the first half.
"I think these guys know, and I've made enough comments, that whomever is playing well and doing well, they're going to play more," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
Schafer and Gindl happen to be great friends, having played in the same outfield during each of the past six seasons in the Minor Leagues.
"I've seen [Gindl] get really hot like this before -- he usually does it a few times a year, and it's fun to see," Schafer said. "It's tough to keep a guy out of the lineup when he's getting two hits a night."
Of his achy knee, Schafer said, "Everyone's battling something. That's not the reason. ... It's been getting me for a little bit [and] it will probably nag me for a little bit [longer]. I just have to get through it."
Gindl's hot streak actually began with a demotion from Milwaukee to Triple-A Nashville on June 28 following a mistake-filled series against the Cubs. Since then, he is hitting .384 in the Majors and Minors combined.
"I think -- last time -- you're just nervous," Gindl said of his earlier stint with the Brewers. "It's kind of a deer-in-the-headlights look. Now, it's like I'm relaxed a little bit more, more comfortable in the box every day. Adjusting to playing left field, I'm getting more and more comfortable every day out there. So it just makes everything a lot slower, every day that goes on."
Roenicke doesn't expect any major moves for Brewers
CHICAGO -- Based on his conversations with general manager Doug Melvin, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is expecting Wednesday's non-waiver Trade Deadline to pass quietly.
"[Melvin] has mentioned the names that come up. I think when they're serious with the players they're offering up, then he lets me know. He says, 'This may happen,'" Roenicke said. "But that's not the case with any of these guys right now."
Instead of watching his team in person at Wrigley Field, Melvin opted to remain with the rest of his baseball operations team at Miller Park, where the Brewers have built a technologically advanced "war room" in the front offices.
The Brewers traded reliever -- and free-agent-to-be -- Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles last week and have fielded offers on other relievers, but they would have to trade a starting pitcher like Yovani Gallardo or Kyle Lohse to get a significant return. Melvin has said he is not motivated to do so, partly because both of those pitchers are under contract beyond this season.
On Tuesday, Melvin also downplayed the chances of trading right fielder Norichika Aoki, whose contract includes a reasonable $1.5 million option for 2014. Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "We're not going to move him. We have a need for him, too."
From what Roenicke was hearing, that war room was quiet.
"Yeah, [Melvin is] still getting some calls, but it's nothing heavy," Roenicke said. "But he says, and it makes sense, that things change so fast. Somebody could get an injury somewhere, maybe some pitcher comes in and gets ripped and they change their minds, so things happen at the last minute. That's one of the reasons he is not down here. He thinks he kind of needs to stay up there."
• Right-hander Marco Estrada threw 34 pitches in a successful start for Rookie-level Arizona on Monday, the first of at least three Minor League rehabilitation appearances before the Brewers consider reinstating him from the disabled list. Assuming no setbacks, Estrada will start again Friday on three days' rest, though assistant general manager Gord Ash said the club was still considering where to send him.
"I think two more starts would be the minimum, and I think if we go a fourth [rehab] start, it would be either because we need him extended or he just needs to pitch better," Roenicke said.
• Another injured right-hander, Hiram Burgos, remains shut down with a shoulder injury, but Ash said no surgery was being contemplated at this time.