9/28/2013 10:05 P.M. ET
Coaching staff to return intact next year
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- With one minor adjustment and one addition, the Brewers' Major League coaching staff will otherwise return intact for 2014, general manager Doug Melvin said on Saturday.
Manager Ron Roenicke, entering the final guaranteed year of his contract, will rejoin bench coach Jerry Narron, hitting coach Johnny Narron, pitching coach Rick Kranitz, bullpen coach Lee Tunnell, first-base coach Garth Iorg and third-base coach Ed Sedar.
Coach John Shelby will also return but will not be in the dugout, instead manning the batting cages and video room as assistant hitting coach. He will retain his role as an outfield instructor.
New to the staff will be Mike Guerrero, who has coached and managed in the Brewers' Minor League system since 1996. His job title is simply "coach," and he will assist Iorg with infield instruction while giving the staff a Spanish speaker.
"We talked about it before this season and through the season, but we think having a voice that is the same language as a lot of our Latin players is important," Roenicke said. "They've had Mike in the organization for a long time and really respect what he does. … I think it's going to be valuable for them to have him there, not only to talk to, but also if there needs to be something a little more forceful to take place, sometimes because of his knowledge of them in the past, and just because of their language, it should go well."
In making the announcement, Melvin conceded the 2013 season "has not been what we had hoped," but cited the value of consistency.
Roenicke agreed. When he took over as Brewers manager before the 2011 season, he had never worked with any of his new coaches.
"I look at other staffs all the time, because we're always staring across there either trying to get their signs or just trying to see what happens, and I know how good our staff is," Roenicke said. "It's come together, and I really like what they do."
Sedar will return for an eighth season on the big league coaching staff and is its longest-tenured member, working for four different managers if you count interim skipper Dale Sveum's stint at the end of 2008. Jerry Narron, Kranitz and Iorg will enter their fourth years with the Brewers, Johnny Narron for his third and Tunnell for his second full season.
Roenicke praised his coaches for their work in a trying year.
"It was a tough season, and the coaches stayed positive, which I thought was the biggest thing, to stay positive during all this stuff," Roenicke said. "Injuries are hard. It's easy to get down as a player when you're looking at one of your main guys going down -- we had three of them, basically [Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart] -- that weren't 100 percent this year.
"Plus, they're knowledgeable. All the young guys that came up, there was some work to do on them, some work to try to fine-tune their skills. I think they did a really nice job with that, and that's got to continue."
Guerrero joined the organization as manager of the Rookie level Dominican League Brewers (1996-2002). He has also served as manager of the Rookie League Arizona Brewers (2004-05), Class A West Virginia (2006-07), Class A Brevard County (2008-09), Double-A Huntsville (2010-11) and Triple-A Nashville (2012-13). He spent one season (2003) as the hitting coach at Class A Beloit.
As a player, the former Minor League infielder spent nine seasons with the Milwaukee (1987-92, '94-95) and Kansas City (1993) organizations.
Leg injuries end Davis' season
NEW YORK -- Outfielder Khris Davis proved in 2013 that he can play in the Major Leagues. In 2014, he will try to prove he can stay healthy.
The 25-year-old will miss the Brewers' last two games because of multiple leg injuries -- a right quadriceps strain and left hamstring strain -- suffered during his eighth-inning groundout in Friday's 4-2 win over the Mets. Davis had already been dealing with a sore left wrist for several weeks.
Davis hit .279 with 11 home runs in 136 at-bats in his rookie season. He will probably play a more prominent role in 2014, but with left fielder Ryan Braun, center fielder Carlos Gomez and right fielder Norichika Aoki all under contract, it remains to be seen where Davis will fit.
"I can't answer that because of the personnel," manager Ron Roenicke said. "Now, he's performed at a level where, if all the pieces fell into place, you'd feel good about putting him out there. Health is an issue. All his years he's played, you need to be able to be healthy for somebody to be able to count on you every day going out there playing."
When he did play, Davis impressed. His .949 on-base plus slugging percentage ranked eighth among Major Leaguers with at least 100 plate appearances entering Saturday, and his ratio of one home run for every 12.4 at-bats trailed only Orioles slugger Chris Davis (11.0) among big leaguers who played more than a handful of games. The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera was next, hitting a homer every 12.5 at-bats.
Khris Davis attributed his leg injuries to a combination of dehydration and the chill in the air at Citi Field on Friday night. When his grounder got past the Mets pitcher, Davis tried to accelerate to the bag.
"I just lost control, lost balance of myself," Davis said. "What I felt was my quad grab, so I tried to slow down, and my hammy gave out on the other side. There's no chance [he's going to play any more]. I'm going to need about three weeks. My body is just telling me I need to chill out, I guess."
He is planning a quiet offseason at home in Arizona.
• Shortstop Jean Segura returned to the lineup on Saturday for the first time since Sept. 18, batting second. He's been sidelined by a right hamstring strain. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in the 4-2 win over the Mets in 10 innings.
• Guerrero's promotion leaves a managerial vacancy at Triple-A Nashville, which will be announced at a later date along with the rest of the organization's Minor League staffs. Double-A Huntsville's manager, Darnell Coles, is highly-regarded, and has been serving as an extra Brewers coach in September, sitting in on some of Roenicke's sessions with the media on this road trip.
"He wants to get a little bit of everything, which I talked to him about, and it's good," Roenicke said. "Just ask questions, observe and be right next to us. When you come up here for two weeks, basically, try to learn something."
• Jerry Narron, who fills out the daily lineup card in calligraphy, forgot to write a position next to third baseman Yuniesky Betancourt's name on Saturday. When he saw this, Betancourt furrowed his brow, then smiled and said, "Maybe pitch today."
Betancourt went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.