7/4/2014 7:17 P.M. ET
Gomez voices interest in Home Run Derby
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
CINCINNATI -- When the National League's Home Run Derby captain passed through Miller Park last week, Brewers center fielder and All-Star Game hopeful Carlos Gomez saw an opportunity. He asked teammate Ryan Braun to put in a good word with Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. "I told him I want to be there," Gomez said.
Braun went a step further.
"It's his dream, dude," said a smiling Braun, who took part in the event in 2008. "He's been wanting to do it since he was a bench player."
Tulowitzki has already selected Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton for the July 14 Gillette Home Run Derby at Target Field in Minneapolis. That leaves three openings for the NL "team," one of which appears earmarked for Tulowitzki's teammate and former Minnesota Twin Justin Morneau.
Gomez, is in a good position to make the team after the most recent round of balloting results. Gomez ranked second among NL outfielders, with the top three vote-getters earning a start. The All-Star teams will be unveiled after 6 p.m. CT on Sunday.
"He would be entertaining," Braun said. "If he could control his emotions, I think he would do really well. Basically, every single day in batting practice is home run derby for him, and in the game, it's the same thing. Every single pitch, every situation, he tries to hit a home run, and it works well for him. He's probably one of those guys who really doesn't have to change much of anything, which I think is advantageous in a competition like that. He would definitely be entertaining."
Braun and Brewers manager Ron Roenicke all argued that the concern about a player altering his approach for a Derby and suffering the consequences in the second half do not apply to Gomez, who takes upward of 200 swings before every game.
"Like today already," he said Friday afternoon, "we had early hitting, and I had 70 or 80 swings, plus 40 in the cage. I already have 120 swings. I don't swing easy. Why would I swing easy? If I'm in the game, I don't swing easy."
Said Roenicke, who endorsed Gomez's interest in the event: "I don't think anything's going to ruin that swing."
Gomez and Morneau were among the NL players tied for 15th in the league with 13 home runs entering Friday's games. Stanton led the league with 21 homers and Tulowitzki was second with 19. The Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (17 homers), the Reds' Todd Frazier (17) and the D-backs' Paul Goldschmidt (15) were among the other likely All-Stars among the league leaders.
"It's hard for [Tulowitzki]," Braun said, "because there's a lot of guys who want to do it, a lot of guys who are campaigning to do it."
Brewers recall Schafer as Davis sits again
CINCINNATI -- The Brewers recalled outfielder Logan Schafer from Triple-A Nashville on Friday and plugged him into the lineup in place of left fielder Khris Davis, who remained sidelined with a strained left shoulder.
Utility man Elian Herrera was optioned back to Nashville to create space. Herrera's versatility came in handy in recent weeks while the Brewers operated with an extra arm in the bullpen and one less player on the bench, but with Jeff Bianchi's return restoring a more conventional roster breakdown, the Brewers coveted a more accomplished backup outfielder, and Schafer fist the bill.
Schafer batted .235 in 18 games at Nashville, including a 4-for-5 effort on Tuesday.
"Herrera did a nice job of covering everything for us," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It was nice to have him here while we had that four-man bench."
Davis took batting practice Friday and said he would be available to pinch-hit, but the Brewers want him to be closer to full health before starting a game. Davis tweaked his shoulder sliding into second base during Tuesday's loss in Toronto.
Roenicke expects to have Davis back in the starting lineup when the series continues Saturday afternoon.
"We'll see how my workout goes today, but I already took some swings in the cage and it's just light soreness there," Davis said early on Friday. "I didn't feel like I had to change my swing up to swing. Just a little soreness there."
Mending Henderson begins rehab assignment
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers reliever Jim Henderson began another 30-day rehabilitation assignment Thursday as he continues a comeback from a right shoulder injury.
Henderson started for rookie-level Arizona and allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings. It began Henderson's second such stint; an earlier rehab assignment was cut short in May because of renewed discomfort in the shoulder.
"I heard it was OK, but the velocity, from what I heard -- I didn't get any numbers -- wasn't there," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's not a guy that's going to throw 90 and be a command guy and throw off-speed pitches. He's got to have life on his ball. And when there's life, there's velocity."
Henderson has been working out in Arizona with right-hander Tyler Thornburg, who is on the disabled list with a right elbow injury. Thornburg has begun a throwing program.
Minor Leaguer Morris has broken arm
CINCINNATI -- Triple-A Nashville first baseman Hunter Morris is expected to be sidelined six weeks by a fractured right arm, Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said Friday.
Morris, No. 10 on MLB.com's list of the top Brewers prospects, has not played since June 29. He suffered a non-displaced fracture to the ulna, near his right wrist. Morris is hitting .275 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs in 78 games for Nashville this season.
In other Minor League injury news:
• Outfielder Mitch Haniger, No. 5 on the Brewers' prospects list, needs about two more weeks to recover from a hyper-extended elbow, Ash said.
• Right-hander Brooks Hall is making progress in a throwing program, and the Brewers hope he will pitch again this season. Hall was sidelined in April by an attached bone fragment that caused irritation in his right elbow, and may have to be removed in the offseason. He is on Milwaukee's 40-man roster.