MIAMI -- After a second day of treatment for a bone bruise at the base of his right thumb, Brewers reliever Todd Coffey said he hoped to return to active duty on Wednesday.Coffey was injured during an at-bat in Saturday's win over the Mets. His absence was felt in Monday's series opener against the Marlins, when manager Ken Macha would have called on Coffey to help douse what turned into a seven-run Florida rally and a 13-5 Milwaukee loss. "It's horrible timing. I wish I hadn't swung the bat at all, but I'm a competitor and I wanted to do whatever I could to help us win that game," Coffey said. "But it's gotten better each day, so I'm hoping I'll be good to go [on Wednesday]. Right now, it's really tender when I grip the ball." Coffey has been a rare reliable arm in Milwaukee's bullpen. He has a 3.91 ERA in a team-high 26 appearances, including a 2.22 ERA in his 25 games other than a one-inning, five-run outing against the Reds on May 17.
Brewers refute report of interest in Willis
MIAMI -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin shot down his first trade rumor of the year on Tuesday, denying that Milwaukee was one of the teams interested in left-hander Dontrelle Willis. The Tigers completed a deal with the D-backs, acquiring right-hander Billy Buckner in exchange for Willis.Detroit designated Willis for assignment over the weekend, and the Palm Beach Post reported earlier Tuesday that the Brewers, D-backs, Marlins and Mets had all shown interest. "We were laughing about that on the bus," Melvin said. "We have not contacted him. ... I asked my people about [Willis]. We said we would pass. We're left-handed now [with Chris Capuano, Chris Narveson and Randy Wolf in the starting rotation]." The Brewers might not have been interested in Willis, but Melvin and his staff are on the lookout for available pitching in the wake of a series of recent promotions that have mined Triple-A Nashville of much of its staff. A more likely target for the Brewers is right-hander Brian Bruney, a reliever who was released by the Nationals on May 25, and according to MASN, reached a Minor League agreement with Milwaukee on Tuesday that includes an out clause in one month. A Brewers official said he could not confirm that signing. Melvin has also reached out to fellow general managers about right-hander Claudio Vargas, who was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Saturday to clear a spot for Capuano. That move gave the Brewers 10 days to work out a trade involving Vargas. "We've contacted a number of teams," Melvin said. "They said they would look into it, but we haven't heard back."
Loe makes first relief appearance with Crew
MIAMI -- It didn't take the Brewers long to find a use for right-hander Kameron Loe.Loe, who arrived in Miami at midday Tuesday after a promotion from Triple-A Nashville, was called into duty in the eighth inning of the Brewers' 6-4 loss to the Marlins at Sun Life Stadium. Instead of starting for Nashville against Albuquerque, Loe breezed through his lone inning of work against the Marlins with two strikeouts. A few hours earlier, he was ready for anything.
"Today was my start day and I've been up to 100-plus pitches," Loe said before the game. "So however many they need out of me, I'm ready to go."
The Brewers purchased Loe's contract from Nashville amid a flurry of roster moves. The team also reinstated outfielder Jim Edmonds from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Adam Stern and pitcher Marco Estrada to Nashville to clear a pair of 25-man roster spots. To open a spot on the 40-man roster for Loe, the Brewers subsequently designated Stern for assignment.The outing marked Loe's first appearance in the Majors since 2008. The 28-year-old, who stands 6-foot-8, pitched in 147 Major League games for the Rangers from 2004-08, but spent last season in Japan. Since nobody told him otherwise, he reported for duty Tuesday with the rest of Milwaukee's relievers. "I figured that if I was starting, someone would tell me," he said. The "just pitch" attitude made Loe a good fit for the Brewers, who need as many quality innings as they can get. The team's bullpen ERA entering Tuesday was 6.22, second-worst in the Majors to Arizona's 7.70.
Brewers' Davis back on track in rehab
MIAMI -- After a bit of a scare at the start of the Brewers' last homestand, left-hander Doug Davis is back to making positive progress in his return from a chest condition. Davis hopes to return from the disabled list sometime during the second half of June.Davis was sidelined by pericarditis, a painful inflammation of the lining around the heart. He had a recurrence of chest pain on May 24, but resumed throwing on May 26 for five consecutive days with no issues. He took Monday off, and played catch again on Tuesday at Sun Life Stadium. He is scheduled for another check-up on Monday that will include an electrocardiogram. The results will dictate whether Davis begins a program of mound work that will likely culminate with a Minor League rehabilitation start or two. "I've been doing a little bit more every day," Davis said. "If the EKG is normal, then I can throw off a mound and get ready for rehab. I don't know how long it will take. It's not up to me. ... Right now, I'm progressing pretty well. I feel good."
Prospect Salome back from personal issues
MIAMI -- Brewers catching prospect Angel Salome is back in action after a hiatus of nearly six weeks during which he addressed some personal problems.Salome was reinstated from Triple-A Nashville's disabled list on Tuesday, and instead of returning to Nashville, he was assigned to Double-A Huntsville. The catcher has not played since April 17, when he left to attend the birth of a child and never returned. Brewers officials later said Salome needed a break from baseball to deal with mental issues, and he had been working out at the team's extended spring training program in Phoenix. "We just want him to get started [at Huntsville] because he hasn't played in a while," Melvin said. "Let him play there for a while. He and [Huntsville manager] Mike Guerrero have a past, an understanding. [Salome] said he was fine with that." Salome could remain at Huntsville for a couple of weeks before a promotion to Nashville. His hiatus probably cost Salome a promotion to the Major Leagues on May 21, when the Brewers instead called up Jonathan Lucroy to replace an injured Gregg Zaun. In other Minor League transactions: -- Former first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers was promoted from Huntsville to Nashville, but is only expected to make one start, Melvin said, before returning to Double-A. Rogers, 24, and Milwaukee's first-round Draft pick in 2004, will serve as a bridge to Marco Estrada, who was optioned back to Nashville on Tuesday and will re-assume his spot in the Sounds' starting rotation. -- Catcher Martin Maldonado accompanied Rogers from Huntsville to Nashville and will replace catcher Ben Johnson, who was placed on Nashville's DL. -- Left-hander Dan Merklinger was transferred from Class A Brevard County to Huntsville to temporarily replace Rogers.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.