5/27/2014 9:29 P.M. ET
Roenicke defends decision to send Herrera
By Joe DiGiovanni / Special to MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke on Tuesday defended his decision to send Elian Herrera from third base in the ninth inning of Monday's 10-inning, 7-6 loss to the Orioles -- a play that resulted in a key inning-ending double play.
With the score tied at 6, the Brewers had Herrera on third and Carlos Gomez on second with one out. Mark Reynolds hit a soft liner that was caught by Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy, who easily doubled Herrera off third.
Herrera had broken to the plate when Reynolds made contact with the pitch.
"There's just no reason to not do it," Roenicke said. "The numbers aren't even close on what you should do. I know it comes up. I know it looks bad. I know people thought Herrera was at fault. He wasn't at fault.
"If you wait to see a ground ball, you're going to be out a lot, instead of being safe if you are going on contact."
Roenicke said the Brewers had run the contact play successfully many times since he began managing the team in 2011, and Monday night was the first time it had backfired.
"The line drive to the infield is the only play that can hurt you," he said. "If it's a ground ball and they're out easy at home plate you still have a runner at third base."
Aramis takes grounders as rehab progresses
MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez took about two dozen ground balls at third base Tuesday, his first fielding practice in his comeback from a strained left hamstring.
"I'm going to increase that total tomorrow and the next day," said Ramirez, who is on the 15-day disabled list. "I'm looking forward to being healthy pretty soon."
Ramirez said he would talk to manager Ron Roenicke about whether he would go on a Minor League rehab assignment before returning to the Brewers.
"As I get closer to being ready to play again I'll talk with him and I'm sure we'll get something done," he said. "It depends on how you feel. I feel pretty good now. I've been hitting for a while now, so hopefully I don't need to. But if I have to it's not a big deal."
Roenicke said running was the final obstacle that Ramirez faced.
"Just the last thing is to try and get the stride out a little longer and feel like he can be in the game and extend when he needs to," Roenicke said. "We'll see. I don't know how long it's going to take."
Roenicke said Ramirez might do some live hitting on Wednesday against reliever Wei-Chung Wang, who is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game.
Davis the subject of social media threat
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers outfielder Khris Davis said Tuesday he received a death threat earlier this month via social media.
The team said Major League Baseball's investigative unit looked into the threat on Twitter and assured it the matter had been handled.
"All we do is turn it over to MLB security," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It is serious when that happens. We were just told it was handled. We don't get involved with it. We don't get details of it. Anything that is deemed serious, we all have MLB security at every city we go to. We have a card with a number [to call].
"You can't [take it as a joke] today if you look at the stuff every day on the news. We were told it's been taken care of. I'm sure it was [distracting]."
Davis said he received the threat when the team was in Chicago. He acknowledged it had been a distraction, but said he put it behind him after talking with manager Ron Roenicke about it.
"He just reminded me a few things about hitting," Davis said of his talk with Roenicke. "Told me I should be here. And I believed him, I believe in myself."
Davis has been on a hot streak in the last week, batting .407 (11-for-27) in his last seven games.
Rodriguez working through command issues
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged Tuesday that closer Francisco Rodriguez was not pitching with the same command he had earlier in the season.
Rodriguez has allowed seven runs over seven innings in his last seven outings.
"Frankie depends on the command," Roenicke said. "He depends on the off-speed stuff. When he's not commanding his fastball, now he's got to go to the off-speed and he has to be really good with those pitches.
Jonathan Schoop homered off a Rodriguez curve ball that was just off the plate with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night to bring Baltimore within 6-5.
"To me that is not a bad pitch," Roenicke said. "That should not have been hit for a home run. It was great hitting or he was looking for it. Whatever the case is, that was a good pitch."
Delmon Young followed with a single, and Nick Markakis doubled home the tying run, giving Rodriguez his second blown save of the season.
• Brewers reliever Jim Henderson received a cortisone shot after meeting with team physicians. Henderson has been on the disabled list since May 2 with right shoulder inflammation. He pitched in a Minor League rehab game Friday night and felt pain in the shoulder.
"We need to free it up and be pain free and then we'll be good to go, really," Henderson said. "I'm going to just ice it and make sure the injection stays in there and does its work. Then we can get back to strengthening it and exercising again."
Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.