Grateful Uecker released from hospital
Brewers broadcaster recuperating after heart surgery
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker expressed thanks to his fans and his doctors after being released from Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital on Thursday, six days after heart surgery."I am extremely grateful for the well wishes from Brewers fans, friends and associates, as their support has been a great comfort to me and my family," Uecker said in a statement. "I also want to thank the doctors and staff at Froedtert for the extraordinary care that they have provided, and I believe their standard of care for all patients is unmatched. I am encouraged that the recovery process is going very well and I look forward to a return to the broadcast booth later this summer." The procedure, during which Uecker's aortic valve, aortic root and part of his ascending aorta were removed, was deemed a success by surgeon Alfred C. Nicolosi. All told, the surgery lasted six hours.
Uecker's six-day hospital stay following the surgery falls right into the doctors' initial time line, which slated him for a five-to-seven-day hospital stay. Following the surgery, doctors said Uecker's full recovery could take 10 to 12 weeks.The veteran broadcaster also underwent heart surgery in 1991 and made a full recovery in five weeks.
Brewers' Gomez to get MRI on shoulder
LOS ANGELES -- Banged-up Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez will undergo an MRI scan on Friday morning in Phoenix to determine the extent of his left shoulder injury.Gomez was out of the starting lineup on Thursday, a day after he hurt his right hand and his left shoulder diving safely back to second base in the eighth inning of the Brewers' second straight win over the Dodgers. He remained in the game for the rest of that inning but was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the ninth. By Thursday afternoon, his hand was fine. But Gomez's left arm hung limp next to his body. "It feels a little better but still sore," Gomez said. "I don't know exactly what's wrong with my shoulder, but hopefully [on Friday] I'm going to find out." The Brewers delayed the test because their year-round training facility is in Phoenix and Gomez can see the team's doctor there. He will see Brewers consulting doctor Evan Lederman, whose office and MRI facility is near the team hotel. Asked whether the pain was in the front or the back of his shoulder, Gomez said, "The whole shoulder." He's already had one MRI scan on this road trip, last weekend in San Diego to determine the severity of a sore left knee. That ailment has been with him since Spring Training, but Gomez aggravated it trying to beat out a bunt on Friday and missed the team's final two games against the Padres. "It happens," Gomez shrugged. "It's frustrating, but I'm not going to be negative. I'm always positive. You feel bad, but you can't do anything about it."
First win long time coming for Davis
LOS ANGELES -- Brewers left-hander Doug Davis is understandably relieved to have win No. 1 in the books. He was 0-3 with an 8.87 ERA in five starts before beating the Dodgers on Wednesday night with 5 1/3 effective innings."It feels good to be on the board, for sure, and to get the first one out of the way after six starts," Davis said. "Hopefully it starts something." If only he could get those soft hits to stop falling. Davis surrendered another slew of them on Wednesday, including James Loney's two-out, RBI single in the first inning that dropped only a few feet in front of left fielder Ryan Braun. Had Braun not been playing so deep, it might have been an inning-ending out. It was the same story six days earlier in San Diego, where Davis was tagged for five earned runs on eight hits, all singles. "I didn't do anything different [against the Dodgers], honestly," Davis said. "I don't feel like I pitched any better." The results were certainly better. "The biggest thing is that I had strike one a lot," Davis said. "They've seen me a lot over the past few years [Davis spent the previous three seasons in the National League West with the D-backs], so I couldn't afford to fall behind. The cutter was good, and the curveball. I had those two pitches working for me, and I was able to use the fastball to set them up." At some point, those bloop hits could begin turning into outs. Opponents are batting .452 against Davis on balls in play this season; the Major League average is in the neighborhood of .300.
The Brewers will likely get a visit in Phoenix this weekend from reliever David Riske, who has been working back from Tommy John surgery at the team's year-round facility there. Riske has already made a series of appearances in extended spring training games, including an outing on Thursday. The Brewers would love to get some production this season from the right-hander, who is earning $4.5 million in the final year of a three-year contract. ... There is still time to vote for outfielder Ryan Braun in MLB.com's Clutch Performer of the Month award, presented by Pepsi. Braun batted a whopping .478 with runners in scoring position in April. ... The Brewers are 23-20 all-time in Phoenix, the only National League city in which they own a winning record as a visitor.