DENVER -- Brewers outfielder Jim Edmonds injured his right shoulder diving for a ball in Anaheim last week, and on Sunday, the ailment cost him some hacks against one of his favorite opponents.Edmonds is 11-for-19 (.579) in his career against Sunday's Rockies starter, Aaron Cook, with three home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs. The only pitcher Edmonds, who hasn't played since Wednesday, has faced in at least 20 plate appearances and hit better is former Reds and Rockies righty Jose Acevedo, against whom Edmonds was 11-for-18 (.611) with three homers and eight RBIs. "When he follows through [on his swing], he has pain," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "He's got big numbers against this guy and I was hoping to get him in there. I was really hoping today." Now, Macha will aim his hope for later this week. The Brewers return Tuesday from an off-day to face the Twins at Miller Park. Edmonds, who turns 40 on June 27, has battled a series of injuries in his first season with the Brewers. He was on the disabled list from May 16-June 1 with a strained muscle in his rib cage. In 39 games, Edmonds is hitting .264 with three home runs and eight RBIs. With Edmonds unavailable and third baseman Casey McGehee due a day off, Macha used veteran infielder Craig Counsell in the five-hole on Sunday for the first time in Counsell's career. Macha was unwilling to move red-hot right fielder Corey Hart out of the two-hole.
Capuano biding time in bullpen
DENVER -- Remember Chris Capuano, the feel-good Brewers pitcher who worked all the way back from his second Tommy John surgery to make his first Major League start last month in two and a half years?He's still on the team. You just have not seen him for a while. "I'm certainly not happy in the role I'm in, but I understand their position," Capuano said of club officials' decision to move him into long relief. "Our starters have been throwing the ball well of late. It doesn't necessarily make it any easier for me, given I'm used to starting and I was built up to be a starter. I'm waiting for the opportunity to get in there, and then I have to seize it." Opportunities have been few. Capuano allowed three runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Marlins on June 3 and was promptly replaced in the rotation by another left-hander, Manny Parra. Capuano appeared only one time in the following 16 days, a one-inning stint on June 12 against the Rangers in which he allowed one run. After two years on an extremely regimented schedule following his May 2008 Tommy John surgery, Capuano is forced to find new ways to get his work in. Last week in Anaheim, he threw 30 pitches in the bullpen after the Brewers' series finale against the Angels. "You play games with yourself to keep yourself sharp," he said. Capuano's spot might be in jeopardy next week. Left-hander Doug Davis is on a path to return to the Major Leagues on June 29, and if he returns to the starting rotation, someone else could move to long relief. Macha raised another scenario on Sunday, one in which the Brewers could go with six starters for a turn or two through the rotation to give the pitchers a break during a 20-game stretch without an off-day. Capuano can't focus on what might happen. He has his hands full learning a new role in the bullpen. "It's definitely a big adjustment from your daily routine," he said. "The biggest thing is getting that anticipation under control. You're out there waiting to pitch every night, and you have to learn how to deal with it. It's gotten easier over the weeks, but it's never easy when you're not pitching on a consistent basis."
Smith expected back in Nashville
DENVER -- The Brewers expect reliever Chris Smith to accept his outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville and report there Tuesday, though he does have the contractual right to elect free agency.The club outrighted Smith to Nashville on Saturday night to clear a 25-man roster spot for right-hander Todd Coffey to return from the disabled list. It's Smith's second such outright assignment, so he could have refused and hit the open market if he so chose. "We preliminarily have heard that he will accept, but he can't give us the answer for 24 hours," per Major League Baseball's Basic Agreement, assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He has to take the 24 hours." Smith made four appearances for the Brewers this season after a June 7 promotion from Nashville, where he had a 1.71 ERA and 16 saves in 23 games to start the season. He's expected in uniform for the Sounds on Tuesday in time for a five-game, four-day series in Memphis.
Morris skips rookie ball for Brewers
DENVER -- Hunter Morris, the Brewers' fourth-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, collected his first professional hit in Class A Wisconsin's win over Kane County on Friday night. He's on a short list of Brewers' Draft picks to skip rookie ball and head straight to Class A.Two of last year's picks -- supplemental first-rounder Kentrail Davis and fifth-rounder D'Vontrey Richardson -- came close. Both players signed late in the summer and were sent to advanced Class A Brevard County. But they were not actually assigned to that team's roster; instead they worked out with the team and watched games from the stands. Richardson has played at Wisconsin all season and Davis started the year at Brevard County before a demotion to Wisconsin last week. It's not completely unprecedented for the Brewers to send prospects directly to Class A. In 2003, for example, second-rounder Tony Gwynn Jr. was assigned directly to Class A Beloit. Morris was a first-team All-American this year at Auburn University. He was drafted as a junior-eligible player. "As we understand it, he can swing the bat pretty well," Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said. "He's a solid first baseman, so he'll fit right in."
Pitching prospect Evan Anundsen, sidelined by a strained right shoulder, underwent an MRI scan at Class A Brevard County last week and the Brewers are expecting results by Tuesday, assistant GM Gord Ash said. ... Reliever Mark DiFelice was scheduled to begin a flat-ground throwing program at the Brewers' training facility in Phoenix on Sunday. DiFelice underwent shoulder surgery in December and is expected to miss the entire 2010 season. ... Both of the Brewers' rookie affiliates begin play Monday, with the advanced Helena Brewers scheduled to host Missoula and the Arizona Brewers to play the Indians' affiliate in Goodyear, Ariz. Keep an eye on the Arizona club for 2009 first-round Draft pick Eric Arnett, a right-hander who was demoted last week from Class A Wisconsin.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.