8/2/2014 12:45 A.M. ET
Prospect Williams fans 11 for Wisconsin
By Adam McCalvy and Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Right-hander Taylor Williams, the Brewers' No. 14 prospect, struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven scoreless innings on Friday, and Class A Wisconsin defeated Peoria, 5-1.
Williams' lone blemish was a leadoff double by Ronald Castillo in the second inning, otherwise he dominated the Chiefs. He threw 96 pitches and faced just one batter over the minimum.
Williams finished his start strong, striking out seven of the last nine batters he faced before yielding to right-hander Chad Thompson to start the eighth inning.
The Timber Rattlers employ a tandem starter system, which has given Williams the chance to work as both a starter and a reliever this season. But no matter when he pitches, he's found a way to win. He has won his last seven decisions and is 8-1 with a 2.36 ERA in 107 innings.
Williams, the Brewers' fourth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, leads the Midwest League with a 0.94 WHIP, ranks third in ERA and fourth with 112 strikeouts in 107 innings.
Still not ready, Henderson returns to Maryvale
ST. LOUIS -- On Friday, one day after coming up short in a bid to bolster the bullpen, the Brewers reported another discouraging development for rehabbing reliever Jim Henderson.
The former closer's 30-day Minor League rehab assignment expired on Friday, but all parties agreed that he is not ready to rejoin the big league bullpen, manager Ron Roenicke said. So, for the second time, Henderson was sent to the team's year-round Maryvale Baseball Park facility in Phoenix to continue strengthening a right shoulder that has given him trouble since Spring Training.
"We asked him about it, we gave him a couple of options, and he said he didn't think he was ready to be activated," Roenicke said. "I still don't think something's right. His velocity is still down. It's OK. For another pitcher it's probably pretty good.
"But the thing is, if we bring him with us, I don't think I can pitch him three days in a row. And face it, these guys have to be able to do things like that. I just don't know with our roster and where it is, how we would be able to do something like that, especially if he says he doesn't feel he's ready."
Henderson was 28-for-32 in save chances as the Brewers' closer last season and was supposed to reprise that role in 2014 before velocity concerns this spring prompted a switch to Francisco Rodriguez. Working in a setup role, Henderson posted a 7.14 ERA in 14 appearances before the Brewers placed him on the disabled list.
Henderson underwent shoulder surgery as a Cubs Minor Leaguer in 2008, a year before the Brewers signed him, but myriad tests this season have revealed no physical damage beyond what's customary for a 31-year-old pitcher.
"I don't think he's hurting, he just can't get back to where he feels like he's ready," Roenicke said. "He hit 94 [mph], but he was not pitching at 94."
Henderson's average fastball last season was 95.3 mph, and he routinely touched 98 mph.
Roenicke hopes that Henderson can contribute before the end of the season, but the Brewers have also been working to acquire a right-handed reliever in a trade. General manager Doug Melvin said that he made offers for a number of established arms, including San Diego's Joaquin Benoit and Boston's Koji Uehara. He also reportedly made an offer for left-hander Andrew Miller of the Red Sox, even though Milwaukee already has three lefties in its bullpen.
"I know Doug was on the phone making calls, and I know what people were asking for in return, and for me it didn't make sense," Roenicke said. "I know who they were asking for for some [relievers], and you just can't give up everything."
Teams can make trades in August, but players must clear waivers first. Relievers are often dealt after July 31.
Parra, Peralta put plunking in the past
ST. LOUIS -- All it took was one handshake, two smiles and a few pats on the back for Gerardo Parra to end a beef with one of his new teammates.
Parra, acquired on Thursday in a trade with the D-backs, arrived at Busch Stadium about two and a half hours before the first pitch of Friday's Brewers-Cardinals game with a lot on his agenda. There was a chat with his new manager, a uniform fitting and a trip around the clubhouse to meet a slew of new teammates, including right-hander Wily Peralta.
The last time the two exchanged words, it was on June 16 at Chase Field after Peralta hit Parra with a pitch. It was part of a tense series that saw Ryan Braun hit by a pitch the following night before Jonathan Lucroy answered with a go-ahead grand slam.
Parra suggested on Friday what many had long believed, that the tension took root in the 2011 National League Division Series.
But with one handshake, all was forgotten.
"Hermanos," center fielder Carlos Gomez said.
"I don't think nothing bad," Parra said. "That's baseball. That's baseball adrenaline. That's a great guy, great pitcher, too. [Now] that's my teammate out there. It's different now."
Parra was not in the lineup against Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, but he expects to get semi-regular starts when the Brewers rest Gomez, right fielder Braun and left fielder Khris Davis. When Davis' left calf tightened up a bit in the middle innings (he'd fouled a pitch off his leg earlier this week against Tampa Bay), Parra took over and played the final three innings, striking out in his only at-bat. Davis said his injury is minor, and he expects to be available on Saturday.
Manager Ron Roenicke originally planned to start Parra on Sunday against Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn, but St. Louis has shuffled its rotation, and newly acquired veteran John Lackey will start instead.
Parra arrived after a long day of travel and one delayed flight in Minneapolis.
"I'm a little bit tired," he said. "Yesterday was a lot of trouble, putting everything [together], packing. It's the first time [being traded] for me, but I'm happy. I'm happy I'm here."
What did he hear from Roenicke?
"He said maybe I'll play three [outfield] positions," said Parra. "Maybe play today, day off tomorrow, because he's going to try to play everybody, [keep] everybody happy. I'm here to play and be ready for everything -- for pinch-hitting, for running, whatever he needs. The plan is to win and go to the playoffs. With that, I'll be happy."
Said Roenicke: "Khris Davis is still our left fielder, and I told him that. But when the matchups have [Parra] in there, we'll try to get him in there."
Gennett day to day after hit by pitch in BP
ST. LOUIS -- Second baseman Scooter Gennett was scratched on Friday after he was struck on the left hand by a pitch during batting practice.
Gennett was working on bunting when he was hit on the tip of his left index finger. X-rays were negative; he is listed as day to day. Switch-hitter Elian Herrera started in his place.
Class A pitcher Williams suspended
ST. LOUIS -- Farmhand Mark Williams drew a 50-game suspension on Friday. He is the second member of the advanced Class A Brevard County club suspended this week under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for amphetamines.
Third baseman Nicky Delmonico was handed the same punishment on Monday, though he technically began serving his suspension on July 23, according to a Brewers official.
Williams, 24, was signed out of the independent Frontier League in 2011 and was part of a combined no-hitter for Class A Wisconsin in 2012. This season he had a 1.86 ERA and 10 saves in 24 relief appearances between Wisconsin and Brevard County.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.