ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers will get the 15th overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft as compensation for not signing 2010 first-rounder Dylan Covey, a spokesperson for Major League Baseball confirmed Friday.Teams that fail to sign first- or second-round picks are compensated with the same slot plus one in the next year's Draft, in addition to their regular pick. But there was some confusion as the dust settled after Monday's deadline to sign 2010 Draft picks as to whether the Brewers' compensation would be affected by two other first-rounders who got away. Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux (No. 6 overall) did not sign with the D-backs after he failed a physical, and prep right-hander Karsten Whitson (No. 9) didn't like the Padres' offer and will attend the University of Florida instead. Covey went at No. 14 overall to the Brewers. But according to MLB, those other players do not impact the Brewers' compensation. Thus, the D-backs will get pick No. 7, the Padres will get No. 10 and the Brewers No. 15. The rest of the Draft order, including those teams' regular picks, is built around those compensatory picks. "It is a little confusing, isn't it?" said amateur scouting director Bruce Seid. "It will help take the place of this year's loss. We'll look forward to putting some more players in the system. It's looking like a pretty good Draft." The compensatory picks are not protected in the same way as a regular first-rounder. In other words, if the Brewers select a player next year with that 15th pick and he does not sign, the team does not get an extra pick in 2012. Since a new set of Draft rules was instituted prior to 2007, which included a moved-up signing deadline and new compensation for unsigned picks, the number of unsigned first-rounders has increased by one each year. In the first year, every first-round pick came to terms. In '08, there was just one unsigned player -- Aaron Crow, who was taken No. 9 overall by the Nationals. A year ago, two players -- Matt Purke and LeVon Washington -- didn't sign, giving the Rangers and Rays compensation picks in June's Draft.
Counsell would not reject trade to contender
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers infielder Craig Counsell is not asking for a trade from his hometown Brewers to a contender. But if presented with the opportunity, he would not stand in the way.Counsell reportedly cleared waivers on Monday, a necessary step before teams are allowed to trade players after July 31. He's has been around long enough to know that doesn't mean he'll be traded, or even that he's part of any talks. But Counsell also knows he's turning 40 on Saturday, and while he intends to play again in 2011, his Major League days are numbered. "Look, as you get older, you want to win," Counsell said. "You don't know how many years you have left, and a chance to be a part of that is what you want. From that perspective, it definitely is [intriguing]. "But, I don't think I have to tell anyone that I'm happy here [with the Brewers]." Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin has a history of keeping veteran players in the loop during the summer trade rumor season. He asked outfielder Jim Edmonds for his consent before trading Edmonds to the Reds last week, and for weeks before that, he had been informing Edmonds when teams called expressing various degrees of interest. Melvin has had similar, brief conversations with Counsell. Teams' interest, as far as Counsell knows, has not escalated beyond checking in. "We've always had an open forum," Counsell said. "I appreciate that a lot, for sure. I know I'll hear stuff that's important from Doug first." The Brewers have very little financial incentive to trade Counsell, who is earning a $2.1 million base salary this season and has already tacked on $100,000 in incentives for games played. He can earn another $50,000 each for 90 and 110 games played. Entering Tuesday, Counsell played in 83 games -- including 29 starts -- and is batting .246, including .303 (10-for-33) as a pinch-hitter. "This guy is a veteran that gets up there and gives you a great at-bat when you need somebody on base," said manager Ken Macha, who noted that a bulk of Counsell's at-bats have either come in late-inning situations with a game on the line, or in starts against the league's best pitchers as a fill-in for rookie Alcides Escobar. "For me, he's had a great year." Counsell has a pair of World Series rings, from Florida in 1997 and Arizona in '01. He'd like to add another. "When you don't have a ton of years left, the prospect of doing that again is always nice," Counsell said.
Hawkins considering shoulder surgery
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers reliever LaTroy Hawkins is considering exploratory surgery that would seek the source of lingering stiffness in his right shoulder. He'll make a decision by Friday.Hawkins visited Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Monday and underwent an MRI scan, which provided no new clues since his last such scan in May. Yocum discovered "normal wear and tear," Hawkins said, but no serious damage. Asked whether he was leaning toward surgery, Hawkins said, "We'll see. Time will tell." "I asked him, 'Why am I tight?'" Hawkins said. "He said, 'That's your muscles protecting your shoulder.' I'll know by Friday what I'm going to do." The 37-year-old Hawkins is on the disabled list for the second time this season and missed his 78th game on Tuesday. He signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Brewers in December after making 65 appearances last season for the Astros.
Uecker returns to road, expects full schedule
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker is back on the road with the team and plans to keep his schedule full through the end of the season. He underwent heart surgery in late April and resumed work last month by calling Brewers home games.Now Uecker feels well enough to travel, and he even enjoyed some golf on Monday's off-day in St. Louis. Uecker intends to call most, if not all, of the Brewers' remaining games. "I'm going to give it a try," he said. "I feel really good."
Brewers manager Ken Macha has yet to name his scheduled starters for Saturday and Sunday against the Padres. He's considering bumping left-hander Manny Parra to the team's following series against the Dodgers. "I remember Parra pitching a good game against the Dodgers last year," Macha said. ... Macha noticed that prospect Mat Gamel is on a serious hot streak at Triple-A Nashville and said Gamel, as expected, would be among the club's September callups. ... The Brewers announced a two-year player development contract extension Tuesday with the Helena Brewers of the Rookie Pioneer League that runs through the 2012 season. Left fielder Ryan Braun, shortstop Alcides Escobar and catcher Jonathan Lucroy began their careers in Helena, a Milwaukee affiliate since '03. The team is owned and operated by the Helena Baseball Club, LLC. ... The Brewers will host the third and final Brewers Block Party of 2010 this Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. CT at Ellsorth Park in Bayside. Players and other special guests will arrive around 11:30 a.m. and will attend for approximately 45 minutes. The players will first participate in a question-and-answer session, followed by an autograph session.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.