MILWAUKEE -- As the rumors began to fly and the Brewers prepared to move on from their dismal four-game series against the Giants, general manager Doug Melvin insisted he is not going to hang a "for sale" sign outside Miller Park."I don't get into 'buyers' or 'sellers,'" Melvin said. "We're always looking to improve the team any way we can. I'm looking to win some games right now. That was a rough series [against the Giants]." Published reports are not so judicious, and universally describe the Brewers as sellers. Multiple reports said the Giants have shown interest in Brewers right fielder Corey Hart, though no deal was struck this week, when San Francisco swept Milwaukee by a cumulative score of 36-7. FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal said the Giants would rather part with prospects to acquire a bat than with a pitcher the Brewers could covet, like left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. MLB.com's Peter Gammons passed along a rumor Thursday that the Brewers had discussed sending Hart to the Braves for Triple-A left-hander Mike Minor. The Braves have been connected to Hart since last winter. Then came a report from AOL Fanhouse that said the Brewers were "ready to sell" and were offering Hart, first baseman Prince Fielder and second baseman Rickie Weeks. That those players are appearing in trade rumors is no surprise; all three have one season of arbitration-eligibility remaining before reaching free agency in the winter of 2011-12. "I'm not going in one direction or the other. The direction I want to go in is winning some games," Melvin said. "I'm always fielding calls, and everything we do is looked at [in terms of] what does the deal do for the short term, what does it do for the long term?"
Positive progress for Gallardo
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ken Macha offered good news on the Yovani Gallardo front Friday. The injured right-hander played catch for 10 minutes from 90 feet during the afternoon in his first activity since straining a rib-cage muscle on Sunday in St. Louis."Today would have been his day to pitch, he got some throwing and I asked him afterwards how he felt, and he said, 'Pretty good,'" Macha said. "That's a very positive sign." Gallardo was just as optimistic. "It's definitely getting better. A lot better," Gallardo said. "I still have some work to do to get it stronger, but this was a big step."
Gallardo, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Monday with a strained left oblique, is eligible for reinstatement beginning July 20, when the Brewers are scheduled to play the second of four games in Pittsburgh. Macha couldn't say whether it was realistic to think that Gallardo could actually return on that date."We'll monitor that as we progress with his throwing," Macha said. Gallardo will have to continue his rehabilitation off-site, because he will be in Anaheim next week for All-Star Game festivities. He was selected to the National League squad on the same day he suffered the rib-cage injury. Macha should have another injury update on Saturday, when reliever LaTroy Hawkins is scheduled to throw a simulated game at Miller Park. Hawkins has been on the DL since May 9 with right shoulder fatigue.
The Angel Salome saga took another turn this week when the catching-prospect-turned-outfielder was placed on the disabled list at Class A Brevard County complaining of a hamstring injury. Salome missed time earlier this season to receive treatment for emotional issues, and last month, he informed the Brewers that he no longer felt comfortable as a catcher. ... George Kottaras started at catcher for the third straight game Friday, and manager Ken Macha revealed that the other catcher, rookie Jonathan Lucroy, is bothered by a sore right hand. ... Ryan Braun returned to the lineup Friday after taking most of Thursday off. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the Brewers' 9-3 loss to the Giants, extending his slump to 0-for-17. ... The Brewers announced a ticket special tied to Corey Hart's performance in next week's State Farm All-Star Home Run Derby. Each homer will earn a $1 savings off the regularly-priced $40 field outfield and $30 loge outfield tickets for games on Friday, July 23 against Washington and Friday, Aug. 6 vs. Houston. Last year, Prince Fielder won the Derby with 23 homers, resulting in tickets priced at just $5 for three games against the Padres. Those tickets sold out in just 15 minutes.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.