PHOENIX -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez was out of action again Saturday with a strained left shoulder and manager Ken Macha doesn't expect him to play in Sunday's series finale. Gomez will be re-evaluated when the Brewers return to Milwaukee on Monday to face the Braves.
With Jim Edmonds filling in for Gomez in center field and a right-hander on the mound for Arizona, Macha faced a tough call in right field on Saturday. Would he start Corey Hart, who was off to a 2-for-11 start in May and is hitting .182 this season against right-handed pitchers, or Jody Gerut, who was 1-for-21 against righties this year?
Macha polled bench coach Willie Randolph and bench coach Dale Sveum and ultimately chose Gerut.
"We feel if we get Jody some more at-bats, like last year, we'll get production," Macha said. "That was a tough one."
Hawkins placed on 15-day DL
PHOENIX -- LaTroy Hawkins is hurting, after all.The Brewers said Saturday night that they will place the veteran reliever on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with weakness in his right shoulder and will recall left-hander Mitch Stetter from Triple-A Nashville. Hawkins, who surrendered a walk-off grand slam to the Dodgers' Andre Ethier in his last outing on Thursday, had previously declined the notion that he was hurt. But Hawkins missed time in Spring Training with a sore shoulder, and since a brilliant start to the regular season, his location and his velocity have dropped off. On Saturday night after the Brewers announced the roster move, Hawkins owned up. "It would get better, get back worse, get better, get worse," he said. "I'll [rest] and try to build up some arm strength. I'll know more Monday what the program is going to be." The Brewers return from their road trip on Monday to begin a series against the Braves. Hawkins has surrendered 12 earned runs this season in 11 2/3 innings for a 9.26 ERA. In 63 1/3 innings for the Astros last season, he allowed only 15 earned runs. "I felt like I was throwing the way I normally did, but something wasn't right," Hawkins said. Stetter's return will give Brewers manager Ken Macha a lefty specialist again. Stetter was a member of the Opening Day roster and retired the only two hitters he faced before being optioned to Nashville in April to make room for Jeff Suppan's return from the DL. At Triple-A, Stetter had a 2.61 ERA in eight games.
Capuano makes solid rehab start
PHOENIX -- Rehabbing Brewers left-hander Chris Capuano pitched another solid Class A game on Friday night, when he worked five innings for Brevard County against Tampa and allowed one run on six hits for the win. Capuano struck out five batters versus no walks, giving him 17 strikeouts and no free passes in his three starts for the Manatees.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin mentioned earlier in the week that Capuano, who is coming back from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, could head to Triple-A Nashville if he got through Friday's outing without any setbacks. An official decision is expected in the next few days.
If Capuano indeed is promoted to Nashville, it will be interesting to see where he fits on that fine pitching staff. Entering Saturday's game against Albuquerque, all five Sounds starters owned ERAs of 4.31 or better. Perhaps he could replace left-hander Chase Wright, who was 2-0 with a 3.07 ERA entering his start on Saturday night.
Gamel frustrated by slow progress
PHOENIX -- Injured Brewers prospect Mat Gamel vowed to be back in action before the end of the month and minced no words about his affinity for extended spring training.
"This is awful," said Gamel, who is rehabilitating a shoulder injury. "I hate this."
Gamel has been working at the Brewers' facility in west Phoenix, so he dropped by Chase Field on Saturday to visit the rest of the team before a game against the D-backs. He hasn't played at full strength since early March, when Gamel tore a muscle behind his right shoulder.
He is hitting with no problem, and has asked Brewers officials to send him to an affiliate to serve as a designated hitter. He was told to remain at Maryvale Baseball Park until his shoulder is completely healed.
"I've never been through anything like this, and it's tested me," Gamel said.
He played catch at 105 feet this week, which represents progress. Gamel has also been taking ground balls at third base, but is restricted from throwing across the diamond.
The 23-year-old remains one of Milwaukee's top prospects, but the past year has not gone smoothly. He struggled with sporadic playing time after a midseason callup last May and carried the slump back to Triple-A Nashville.
Club officials have said Gamel would have had a very good chance to make the big league team in Spring Training if not for the injury.
"I feel like I'm getting there," said Gamel, who thinks he will be playing for an affiliate before the end of May.
"That's the goal," he said. "If if was up to me, I would have been out of here already."
Outfielder Jenkins admits retirement is near
PHOENIX -- Even after putting out feelers to all 30 teams earlier this year and getting nothing more than Minor League offers, former Brewers All-Star and Phillies World Series champ Geoff Jenkins still is not ready to utter the word retirement.He's also realistic. "I'm not saying it, but the writing's on the wall," Jenkins said Saturday, when the Phoenix-area resident visited with his old Brewers teammates before a game at Chase Field against the D-backs. Jenkins won a World Series ring with the Phillies in 2008, but was released by the team at the end of Spring Training in '09 with a year left on his contract. He sat out the season, then worked out all winter and solicited offers that never materialized. Jenkins has since shifted his focus to family -- he and his wife, Jennifer, have two young children, and Jenkins was by his mother's side through a serious health crisis last year -- and his golf game. How's this for a foursome? Jenkins said he hits the links regularly with former White Sox outfielder Jermaine Dye, who is still looking for a job after an 81-RBI campaign in 2009, former Dodgers and Brewers reliever Eric Gagne, who tried a comeback with Los Angeles this spring before calling it quits, and former A's and Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder, whose rumored comeback with the Brewers never materialized earlier this year. Like his golf buddies, Jenkins was hopeful that a team would take a chance on him this season. "There were calls, but it ended up being Triple-A stuff," Jenkins said. "I just didn't feel like that was what was in my heart, with being successful and putting up numbers. I just wasn't ready for that. I guess part of that is ego, but the other half is that you've tasted that life for so long. We weren't asking for the world, maybe [an opportunity to be a] fourth outfielder. "We emailed everybody. I was surprised. A lot of it had to do with the market, teams were not really spending extra money. ... In the end, teams wanted to go with one of their young, athletic guys, which I once was." Jenkins, who has not filed retirement papers, says he's "up for anything" and that he misses the clubhouse camaraderie. But if his 11-season Major League career indeed is over, he would finish with a .275 average, 221 home runs and 733 RBIs. Jenkins' .490 career slugging percentage is just .0001 shy of Reggie Jackson's. Counting only his 10-year Brewers career, Jenkins is second on the franchise leaderboard with 212 home runs (Robin Yount tops that list with 251), fourth with 287 doubles, 704 RBIs and 2,188 total bases, fifth with 1,221 hits, sixth with 1,234 games played and second with 1,118 strikeouts. Jenkins will turn 36 on July 21.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.