DENVER -- If you had Corey Hart and Casey McGehee picked as the Brewers' RBI leaders through 65 games, step up and collect your prize. Hart certainly wouldn't have guessed it.The red-hot Brewers right fielder hit a three-run double in Tuesday's win over the Angels that gave him 47 RBIs this season, matching McGehee for the team lead. The Brewers' duo entered Friday's series-opener at Colorado tied for the fifth-best RBI total in the National League and 11th-best in the Majors. The Brewers' co-favorites entering the season had to be Ryan Braun, who entered play Friday with 45 RBIs, and Prince Fielder, who had 26. "If I'm leading the team in home runs and RBIs, it only means those guys aren't hot yet," Hart said. "That's got to be good news for us." Hart entered the night leading all National League hitters with 17 homers. Not bad, considering that he was on the bench for Opening Day. Jim Edmonds started in right field, and Hart had to scrap for playing time throughout April. "It's quite a story in itself," manager Ken Macha said. "He had a miserable Spring Training. He didn't know whether to wear glasses, contacts, nothing. There were a lot of reports he was being traded. He was not the Opening Day right fielder. When I told him that, he said, 'Sure, I'd like to start, but I'm not going to be upset. I'm going to go out there and work.' And he's done that. Credit to him and Dale [Sveum, the team's hitting coach]. It's been a bunch of hard work for him, and it's paid off." Hart said he was "motivated to get that spot back. I think it's helped me in the long run." His eyesight issues have long been solved. Hart began wearing contacts during the first week of the season.
Macha ejected after call overturned
DENVER -- For the first time in 229 games as Brewers manager, and only the second time in 877 games as a skipper in the Major Leagues, Ken Macha was not around to see the final out.At least not from the dugout. "It's a little different perspective watching the game on the TV," Macha said. Macha was ejected on Friday for the first time since taking the helm in Milwaukee at the start of last season. He was waved off by first-base umpire Larry Vanover after a heated exchange with home-plate umpire Mark Carlson and then Vanover, who initially called Carlos Gomez safe at first base on a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning. Gomez may or may not have dodged Rockies first baseman Todd Helton's tag, but Helton objected and so did Colorado manager Jim Tracy. Vanover gathered the umpires together before the crew reversed its call. Bench coach Willie Randolph took over as manager after Macha's ejection. The Brewers went on to lose, 2-0. Macha's only other ejection came on May 10, 2005, when the then-A's manager argued balls and strikes at Fenway Park. Macha said he could remember three ejections during his 566-game Minor League managerial tenure. "I'm going to say that [Macha] did what he felt like he needed to do," said losing pitcher Manny Parra. "Interesting game. It was just an interesting game." Macha had no chance to see the replay of the call in question. He wasn't even sure of the final decision; Did Vanover rule that Helton had tagged Gomez, or that Gomez had left the baseline? Official scorer Dave Einspahr said he interpreted the latter ruling. Either way, Helton was credited with a putout. "They just said they got the play right," Macha said. "They called nothing. Home-plate umpire called noting, first-base umpire called nothing. Their manager came out, and then they called [Gomez] out." Macha grew even more upset when the next batter, Alcides Escobar, hit an infield single that glanced off Hamel's hand. Had Gomez been safe, it would have given the Brewers another bases-loaded, no-out threat. Instead, Parra batted with two on and two outs, and flew out to end the inning. "It went from no call to out," Macha said.
Bush won't pitch against Twins next week
DENVER -- Brewers manager Ken Macha will tinker with his starting rotation next week to avoid pitching right-hander Dave Bush against the Minnesota Twins, but Macha disputed the notion that Bush is being "bumped.""I think 'bumped' has a negative connotation," Macha said. "What we're trying to do is get everybody in a position where they have the highest likelihood of succeeding." Instead of taking his regular turn in the rotation on Tuesday, when the Brewers begin a nine-game homestand and a three-game series against Minnesota, Bush will pitch three days later, on Friday, June 25, against the Mariners. Entering Friday, Seattle hitters were batting .235 against right-handed pitchers. The Twins, meanwhile, have given Bush fits. On June 21 at Target Field, Bush allowed seven runs, six hits and two walks while recording only one out in the worst start by a Brewers pitcher in four years. In seven career starts against the Twins, Bush is 1-6 with a 5.95 ERA. Take away the May 21 game, and Bush is 1-5 against Minnesota with a 4.38 ERA. Instead, Macha will start Chris Narveson, Manny Parra and Yovani Gallardo in the Minnesota series.
Prospect Schafer to undergo hernia surgery
DENVER -- Brewers outfield prospect Logan Schafer's tough-luck season keeps getting worse.Not only does Schafer have a fractured right foot that would have sidelined him for 6-8 weeks, he will go to Phoenix next week for a surgical fix of the groin problem that has dogged him since Spring Training. Schafer is expected to undergo inguinal hernia surgery on Monday after consulting with the doctor who saw him in Spring Training, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. That combination of injuries means Schafer, the Brewers' reigning Minor League player of the year, is finished for 2010. "I don't think you can pretend that it's good. A lost year is a lost year," Ash said. "The best thing we can do is hopefully make up for it this winter." The Brewers hope Schafer will heal in time to play in the Arizona Fall League, and then perhaps compile more at-bats in a winter league. Last season, Schafer won the Florida State League batting title with a .313 average for Class A Brevard County, but he never got going in 2010. Schafer was supposed to participate in big league Spring Training camp, but he suffered what was described as a groin injury in a minicamp only days before he was to report to the Major League clubhouse. The ailment lingered deep into the season, and Schafer playing only his seventh game for Brevard County on Monday when he exited with the foot injury. Ash said Schafer actually hurt his foot at extended spring training around June 8, on a foul ball.
Coffey has successful rehab outing
DENVER -- Brewers reliever Todd Coffey's scheduled rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Nashville on Thursday was rained out so he pitched on Friday instead, needing only 13 pitches in a 1-2-3 sixth inning against Oklahoma City.Coffey, who has not pitched in the Majors since May 29 because of a bruised right thumb, could re-join the Brewers as early as Saturday. "It depends on what happens here, and depends on how much he throws," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said at Coors Field on Friday afternoon. "We'll play it by ear and see what we've got." Coffey followed right-hander Tim Dillard, who made a spot start for Nashville on Friday night because left-hander Sam Narron was home for the birth of a child. "Everything felt good," Coffey told a member of Nashville's training staff, according to a Brewers spokesperson.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.