Notes: Brewers All-Stars travel in style
Lee, Turnbow and Capuano to fly to Pittsburgh in owner's jet
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Capuano, Carlos Lee and Derrick Turnbow were set to travel to the All-Star Game in style.
For the second straight year, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio offered the services of a private jet for the team's All-Star participants. Lee and Turnbow won their spots via the players' ballot, and Capuano was named on Sunday morning as a replacement for Mets lefty Tom Glavine, who announced he would not be available.
"Attanasio hooked us up," Turnbow said. "I'm looking forward to it. From everything I've heard, it's pretty amazing."
Turnbow has received All-Star Week scouting reports from past stars Dan Kolb and Ben Sheets.
"They all say the same thing -- that it's a great time. Enjoy it," said Turnbow, who will be ferried to his first event immediately after the trio arrives in Pittsburgh. "There's a lot of stuff going on, but it's all fun. It's definitely worth it."
As for the game itself?
"It would be unbelievable if I get to pitch in the game," Turnbow said. "We'll see."
Turnbow recorded the final out of the ninth inning of Milwaukee's loss to the Cubs on Saturday night, striking out Derrek Lee on a well-executed slider. That pitch had given Turnbow trouble of late, and his ERA had ballooned from 2.38 to 4.74 over his last four appearances, a span that saw him blow two saves.
After some work with pitching coach Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Bill Castro, Turnbow thinks he has things ironed out.
"My timing and my rhythm got really out of whack," Turnbow said. "A lot of it had to do with the fact [that] I was trying to get my slider back. I was trying to overthrow too much. It's getting a lot better, and I felt really good [on Saturday] night. Hopefully, I'm back on track."
Welcome break: For the first time in his professional career, Corey Hart will actually enjoy an All-Star break.
Hart, who is in his first full Major League season, was an All-Star in all four of his years in the Minors. He will travel to California on Monday morning and plans to move his family into a new Phoenix-area home during the break.
"You always try to plan a mini-vacation every year, and it never really works out," said Hart, who last season planned to visit the Smokey Mountains, but was named to the Triple-A All-Star team instead. "It's a great honor to be an All-Star, but it's nice to take a break, too."
It will be especially nice for Hart and his wife, Kristina, who gave birth to a daughter named Ryleigh on May 25. The Brewers were off in Philadelphia that day, so Hart traveled cross-country only to miss the birth by a half-hour. He returned to the team the next day.
"It's tough leaving like that," said Hart, who, at 24, already has three children, including a son who will begin kindergarten in the fall. "It will be nice to hang out for a while."
Unlike the Major League All-Star Game, players in the Minors don't get financial incentives for All-Star nods.
"You get a handshake and a 'Thanks for coming!'" said catcher Mike Rivera, who would have started the Triple-A game on Wednesday had he not been called up to Milwaukee.
Adjust and move on: Joe Crawford was asked to work overtime on Sunday.
Crawford is the Brewers video coordinator, but he is also a former Major League left-hander who is called into batting-practice duty when the Brewers prepare to face southpaws. When the Cubs made a last-minute decision to scratch right-hander Mark Prior (left oblique) in favor of lefty Glendon Rusch, Crawford went to work.
So did manager Ned Yost, who replaced left-handed hitter Gabe Gross in the lineup with the right-handed Brady Clark. Yost said the impact on his hitters was negligible.
"You just adjust and move on," he said. "Most of them have faced Glendon before."
Event canceled: The charity softball game scheduled to feature Green Bay Packers players at Miller Park on Sunday, July 16, has been canceled due to a lack of demand. Fans who purchased tickets online or via phone will be contacted by the Brewers to arrange their refunds. People who purchased tickets at Miller Park should return to the box office for their refunds.
In the Minors: Right-hander Tomo Ohka was scheduled to make his second Minor League rehabilitation start for Class A Brevard County on Sunday after being rained out on Saturday night. Right-hander Ben Sheets was scheduled for his first rehab outing on Sunday night for Triple-A Nashville.
Ohka's rainout Saturday will force the Brewers to adjust their plans. Ohka was originally scheduled to make another start Thursday in the Arizona Rookie League followed by Sheets on Friday, putting Ohka on track to potentially rejoin the rotation as the No. 5 starter on July 18 at San Francisco.
"We're working on it," Yost said.
General manager Doug Melvin said the team was working on a contingency plan, but said Sheets would remain in line to start Friday in Arizona. That means Ohka will either come back on short rest to pitch there on Thursday or will pitch elsewhere on Friday. Ohka was assigned to Brevard County because the athletic trainer there speaks Japanese.
He said it: "I wish I hadn't lost a game on grass in the last four years." -- Brewers left-hander Dana Eveland, after watching tennis star Roger Federer dispatch Rafael Nadal for his fourth straight Wimbledon title
On deck: After working out Thursday night in Phoenix, the Brewers will begin their second half on Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks. With Capuano headed to the All-Star Game, the Brewers may start Doug Davis on his regular five-day schedule in the series opener, though Yost has yet to make a formal decision. Arizona is expected to start right-hander Brandon Webb.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.