9/21/2013 7:40 P.M. ET
Hellweg to get a start in Brewers' last series
By Kevin Massoth / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke confirmed Saturday that rookie right-hander Johnny Hellweg will get one final start this season in the Brewers' season-ending series against the Mets in New York.
The rotation plans for the four-game series were previously up in the air, as Roenicke mentioned they would like to get top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson a start.
Hellweg took a no-decision after throwing five innings against the Cardinals on Friday, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while walking five and striking out one. He threw 97 pitches -- 49 of them strikes.
Roenicke said Hellweg's most recent start was promising enough to want to see more.
"We want to see again if he can bounce back and do it again," Roenicke said. "And when I say do it again, I know he threw a lot of pitches, I know he walked people, but I also know he only gave up a couple runs against a good team. So we've definitely got to see him again."
Hellweg's transition to the Majors has been shaky this season. The right-hander is 1-4 with a 7.43 ERA in six starts and a relief appearance. Roenicke said the biggest key is control for Hellweg, who has walked 22 batters and hit six more in 26 2/3 innings with Milwaukee.
"It just gets to where he throws some nice pitches and all of a sudden four bad ones and a walk," Roenicke said. "He's got to be able to not just pitch them on one side of the plate, but he's got to be able to pitch both sides of the plate to make sure he can get left-handers and right-handers out.
"I see a lot of progress. You guys don't see as much as I do, but I do."
Prospects visit Miller Park to accept awards
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers prospects Jason Rogers and Michael Ratterree were on hand at Miller Park on Saturday to accept Minor League awards alongside Johnny Hellweg prior to the first pitch against the Cardinals.
Rogers, a first baseman at Double-A Huntsville, accepted the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year Award, while Hellweg took home Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors for his time with Triple-A Nashville prior to his big league callup. In addition, Ratterree, an outfielder for Milwaukee's advanced Rookie League Helena team, was presented his 2013 Pioneer League Most Valuable Player Award.
"It's an honor," Rogers said. "It shows how my offseason workouts and stuff, how I've taken it to the season and made adjustments as we go. I'm honored."
Rogers and Ratterree took batting practice on the field prior to speaking with the media in the Brewers' dugout.
But first on the agenda was meeting with Milwaukee players in the clubhouse.
"That's the first thing we did was walk into the clubhouse," Ratterree said. "A couple guys came over and said hi, introduced themselves. It was a truly great experience to come here and meet all the guys, see everything, see what it's like."
Rogers hit .270 with 22 home runs, 25 doubles and 87 RBIs in 133 games at Huntsville this season. The 25-year-old said he is currently working at third base at the Brewers' fall instructional league, and he will also play the corner outfield positions this fall. Rogers played third base at Columbus State University before he was drafted by the Brewers in the 32nd round of the 2010 Draft.
"Man, I'll play wherever," Rogers said. "Whatever gets me to the next level."
Ratterree hit .314 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and six triples in 65 games in his first season with Helena. Ratterree was drafted in the 10th round of this year's Draft out of Rice University.
The 22-year-old Houston native said Helena's postseason run provided a valuable experience.
"It was my first year of pro ball, and I didn't really know what to expect," Ratterree said. "But I was on a great team with a lot of great coaches and we came up one game short of the championship. It was a fun year. You don't get too many opportunities to go for a championship, so we just enjoyed it."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke felt the prospects taking batting practice with the big club should provide a confidence boost.
"You're hitting with the other guys and you see you hit balls just as far as they do," Roenicke said. "That should build some. But I think it's just exciting being here in the stadium and hitting alongside the other guys."
Aramis joins Segura in sitting out on Saturday
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke gave third baseman Aramis Ramirez a scheduled day off on Saturday, while All-Star shortstop Jean Segura remained out of the lineup while nursing a strained right hamstring.
Ramirez hit a three-run home run and drove in five runs on Friday, but Roenicke said the plan was to sit him Saturday for the season's home stretch.
"Ramie's getting a day," Roenicke said. "Have it mapped out a little bit going forward what we're going to do. So he'll be back in tomorrow.
"[Segura] is a little better again. But he's still not ready."
Left fielder Khris Davis was back in the starting lineup Saturday for the third time since injuring his left wrist. Davis has been available off the bench recently, but he has not made consecutive starts since Sept. 3-4.
"[He's] feeling better, still there," Roenicke said. "But we've got a couple left-handers coming up in the Atlanta series, and if he can get some at-bats here and there, he'll be ready for those. Not that we're taking this lightly. But it's a question of him with his wrist, and does he feel like he's going to set himself back by playing today?"
• Brewers players visited fans in the parking lot prior to Saturday night's game against the Cardinals as part of Fan Appreciation Night at Miller Park. The players were escorted through the parking lot on golf carts and surprised fans with gifts to thank them for their support this season.
• Roenicke said left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny, who is working back from a shoulder injury, played catch on Thursday and took Friday off.
"The catch is getting better," Roenicke said. "The plan would be, if everything goes well, to maybe get him in a game, or even if he's got a bullpen [session], at least he feels good going into the offseason. You don't really want him going to the offseason with a question mark."
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.