MILWAUKEE -- Rehabbing Brewers right-hander David Riske will continue his comeback at Class A Brevard County beginning Tuesday, the team announced.Riske underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last June and had been pitching in extended Spring Training. He has made only one appearance for the Brewers since Sept. 7, 2008, and is in the final season of a three-year contract.
McGehee uses whole field to stay hot
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee has avoided the dreaded sophomore slump by avoiding the temptation to get pull-happy.
After going 1-for-7 in Milwaukee's series at San Diego, McGehee finished strong by going 8-for-27 (.296) at Los Angles and Arizona, with six of those hits going to the opposite field, including his three-run home run against the D-backs on Sunday, a clutch hit that turned a 2-1 nailbiter into a comfortable Brewers win.
"That's always been my swing, going the other way," McGehee said. "Ever since I was younger. Sometimes I lose sight of that. It usually takes me a couple of days to get back to doing it. It can get a little frustrating, because I feel like I know better. But I feel like that's when I'm at my best, when I'm trying to stay up the middle and hit it where it is."
That mentality left McGehee tied with Ryan Braun for the Brewers' RBI lead entering Monday's game against the Braves, with 28 apiece. With 56 RBIs between them, Braun and McGehee led all Major League teammates through Sunday's games, with the Tigers' Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez one RBI back and the Dodgers' Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp three behind.
Brewers place Gomez on 15-day DL
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers placed center fielder Carlos Gomez on the 15-day disabled list late Monday and will purchase outfielder Adam Stern's contract from Triple-A Nashville before Tuesday's game against the Braves. Gomez's DL assignment was backdated to May 6, when he strained his left rotator cuff diving back to second base in a game against the Dodgers.Stern, who has 48 games of Major League experience with the Red Sox and Orioles, will be making his Brewers debut. He went 3-for-5 for Nashville on Monday in Albuquerque and is hitting .349 this season in the Minors. He missed time in April with a rib cage injury. According to Brewers manager Ken Macha, the decision to place Gomez on the DL was made before Monday's loss to the Braves, when Gomez was examined by head team physician William Raasch. It had nothing to do, Macha said, with left fielder Ryan Braun exiting the game three innings after he was hit on the left elbow by a Tommy Hanson pitch. The official report from the Brewers' medical staff was "left elbow contusion" for Braun. "I'd be surprised if Brauny is not in there tomorrow," Macha said. Braun played two more innings in the outfield and took one more at-bat before leaving the game with the Brewers in a 7-0 hole. Through a club spokesperson, he declined to comment afterward. Gomez will be eligible for reinstatement beginning May 19.
Fischer reacts to Braden's perfecto
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers third-base coach Brad Fischer was in his final season as the Oakland A's bullpen coach in 2007 when Dallas Braden, a confident young left-hander, arrived in the Majors. On Sunday, Fischer said he was happy to see Braden throw the 19th perfect game in Major League history.
"He has to really pitch to do something that special," Fischer said. "He's not just going to go out and blow them away. The fact he put a whole game together like that is very impressive."
Braden was a 24th-round Draft pick of the A's in 2004, during Ken Macha's tenure as manager. But Macha, who was dismissed by the A's after the 2006 season and now manages the Brewers, said he didn't know Braden.
Fischer does, because he remained with the A's for one more season after Macha's departure. He remembers when Braden arrived in the big leagues in late 2007.
What was Fischer's first impression?
"I remember guys saying, 'Who is this guy with his area code -- 209 -- written on his shoes?'" said Fischer, who learned that it was a nod to Braden's upbringing in hardscrabble Stockton, Calif. "So right away some alarms went off. But he's a good kid.
"I don't think there was ever any doubt about his makeup. He's a tough kid. He was never fearful, and I think that works to his benefit. I'm happy for him. They're never going to be able to take that away."
Braves' Powell meets with old friend Uecker
MILWAUKEE -- Before Braves broadcaster Jim Powell arrived at Miller Park on Monday, he visited an old friend, legendary Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker.
Powell, who worked with Uecker for 13 years in the Brewers' radio booth, was encouraged by the health of his longtime friend, who had successful heart surgery just 10 days earlier. Uecker has been scheduled to return to the broadcast booth 10-12 weeks after his surgery on April 30.
"He looks really good, he sounds really good and he's got the exact same sense of humor for which he's well-known," Powell said. "We had a great visit, and I feel like he'll be back before people expect him to."
After joining the Braves' broadcast team before the 2009 season, Powell has kept in close touch with the 75-year-old Uecker over the phone, and surprisingly enough, through text messaging.
In fact, Powell was among the few people who knew the surgery was coming before the official announcement on April 27 at Miller Park.
"We've stayed in pretty good contact," Powell said. "So I knew what was going on with him, and like everybody else, I was really worried about him."
Uecker's positive energy and humor, for which he is well known, had a profound effect on Powell when the two met Monday.
"We've been texting since the day after, but today was the first day that I've spoken to him since the surgery," Powell said. "To see him today up and around on his feet, with good color and in great spirits, certainly picked up my spirits."
Uecker's humor and positive outlook were among the things noted by those closest to him when the surgery was announced, especially the comedic way with which Uecker opened the press conference on that day.
When asked about his best memories from their time together, Powell shared similar thoughts.
"When you work with Bob, you come to the ballpark to have a good time," Powell said. "He has a healthy perspective about the game and about life. For a young broadcaster like me, I learned a lot of great lessons from him. I learned you've got to take the game seriously, but not too seriously and just have a good time and enjoy yourself on the broadcast."
A reporter asked Brewers manager Ken Macha on Monday afternoon about Milwaukee's relative struggles at home. They entered their homestand 4-8 at Miller Park and 11-8 elsewhere. "Have you got a suggestion for me?" Macha asked. Converting saves would help; all four of Trevor Hoffman's blown saves have come at home, and the Brewers lost three of those games. ... Macha liked Joe Inglett's at-bats against hard-throwing D-backs right-hander Edwin Jackson on Saturday, so Inglett got the nod in right field for Monday's game against Atlanta's Tommy Hanson. It was Inglett's third start this season and his first at Miller Park. ... Macha had an explanation for Ryan Braun's somewhat ill-timed stolen base in the sixth inning on Sunday, when Braun took off for second base with a runner at third and Prince Fielder at the plate. With first base open, Fielder saw two down-and-in breaking balls from D-backs pitcher Ian Kennedy and struck out. "We've had a discussion," Macha said, "and I think it was a sign miscommunication. It wasn't on anybody -- it was just a miscommunication." Macha admitted that answer was "nebulous."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.