8/17/2014 4:24 P.M. ET
Former Brewer Wright builds lengthy big league career
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- How long has Dodgers right-hander Jamey Wright been hanging on in the Major Leagues? So long that he was in the Brewers' starting rotation at County Stadium -- in his fifth big league season.
Now in his 19th season, Wright made 77 Brewers starts and one relief appearance from 2000-02, transitioning with the team from old County Stadium to new Miller Park in 2001. He was Milwaukee's Opening Day starter that year here in Los Angeles (a 1-0 loss to Chan Ho Park), then pitched into the eighth inning to win the second-ever game at Miller Park against the Reds.
"I definitely wish I knew then what I know now," Wright said. "My stuff is better now than it was then, even though I don't throw as hard. The assortment of pitches I have, I wish I had them back then.
"But I don't make any excuses. I always did the best I could, worked my tail off, and I didn't cheat, either. I've done it the right way."
Wright, 39, has thrown a Major League pitch for 10 teams -- a full third of the big leagues. He has been granted free agency 11 times, released seven times and traded twice.
Even though he's been a reliever since 2006, Wright is 17th among active Major Leaguers in innings pitched, ninth in earned runs allowed, third in walks and first with 154 hit batsmen.
That's not to say he has been ineffective. Since converting to relief in 2007, Wright owns a respectable 3.91 ERA in 444 games.
Did he expect to go this long?
"I never set a goal or anything like that," Wright said. "I love to be out there, I take pretty good care of myself and my arm, and ever since I went to the bullpen, it seems like I'm getting better."
Gennett expects to be back at full speed soon
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett believes it won't be much longer before he's once again running full speed on the basepaths, and the team's upcoming schedule could help.
Off-days on Monday and Thursday, plus the fact the Blue Jays are starting a left-handed pitcher on Tuesday night at Miller Park, will give Gennett three of the next four days to rest the right quadriceps that has been giving him some trouble since a series in Washington immediately following the All-Star break.
To avoid turning a nagging injury into a significant one, manager Ron Roenicke has encouraged Gennett to go easy on the bases when he can. In only one instance has the issue appeared to cost Gennett a run; he couldn't score from first base on a Khris Davis double during the Brewers' win over the Dodgers on Friday.
By Sunday, Gennett said, "This is probably the best I've felt in three weeks. It's progressing. I feel good about how it feels right now. … [Shutting down] would have been the safest way to do it, but I need to keep playing to keep sharp. I think it was the right decision."
He entered Sunday batting .337 (66-for-196) with 33 RBIs over his last 60 games.
Roenicke files report for Saturday's interference call
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke filed a report to Major League Baseball executive vice president Joe Torre requesting a second look at the controversial double play that ended a Brewers' rally in the seventh inning Saturday night.
Rickie Weeks was called for interference on the play by second-base umpire Hunter Wendelstedt after executing what he and Roenicke each insisted was a perfectly clean take-out slide. When Weeks and Roenicke protested, Wendelstedt told them he saw Weeks hit second base and roll into Dodgers shortstop Miguel Rojas behind the bag.
When Roenicke watched the replay, he saw something totally different.
"He kept saying, 'I'm just trying to protect you guys,'" Weeks said. "Well, that's not protecting anything. That's just hard baseball."
It was the second straight night a second-base umpire called interference on a Brewers baserunner, resulting in a double play. On Friday, Jean Segura was deemed to have left the baseline in order to break up the relay throw.
Roenicke was asked whether the implementation of Rule 7.13, an effort to reduce home-plate collisions, was impacting umpires' rulings at other bases.
"I don't really know that, but just looking at the last two days, maybe they've been aware of it more," Roenicke said. "Maybe someone is telling them, 'Hey, if we're going to protect this part, maybe we ought to protect this [other] part better, too.' I don't know.
"The first night, I don't have a problem with calling interference. [Segura] was out of the baseline. [The Weeks play] was exactly what you teach your guys to do. Clean as can be. I'm completely baffled at that."