MILWAUKEE -- Brewers general manager Doug Melvin is not anticipating making any trades before Wednesday, the deadline for other teams to acquire players eligible for postseason rosters."I don't think we'll have anything," Melvin said before the Brewers faced the Pirates at Miller Park on Saturday. The Brewers entered the game 14 games out of first place in the National League Central and 11 games behind the current NL Wild Card leaders, the Phillies. But Melvin is unwilling to move players without getting a worthwhile return, like he did Aug. 9 in a deal with the Reds. Melvin parted with veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds for another outfielder, Chris Dickerson, a Major League-ready player who has performed well since his arrival and figures to be in the mix for a backup outfield spot next spring. Several Brewers are probably attractive to contending teams, including utility infielder Craig Counsell and revived reliever Trevor Hoffman. In order to be traded after July 31, a player must first be exposed to waivers, and, if he's claimed, his current team can either let him go, pull him back from waivers or use a 48-hour window to work out a trade with the claiming team. Melvin said an Internet rumor that Hoffman was claimed earlier this week by the White Sox was untrue.
Shoeless Dickerson makes grab
MILWAUKEE -- Rookie shortstop Alcides Escobar stole the show Friday night with his spectacular catch, wheel and throw double play, but center fielder Chris Dickerson deserved a spot on the highlight reel, too.With two outs in the eighth inning, two runners on base and the Brewers holding a 7-2 lead, Pirates right fielder Lastings Milledge sent a line drive to left-center field. Dickerson gave chase and lost his right shoe along the way, but managed to make a terrific catch to end the inning before crashing into the wall. On his way back to the dugout, Dickerson gobbled up that lost shoe. "As soon as I pushed off, I could feel it slipping," Dickerson said. "The first 30 feet, I was just hoping that it was either going to stay on or just fall off immediately. It was actually very good that it fell off."
Dickerson and left fielder Ryan Braun shared a laugh as they trotted off the field.
"It was pretty hilarious," Dickerson said. "How can you not laugh about that?"
Brewers face September fill of contenders
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ken Macha has looked ahead to the club's September/October schedule and noted that it's full of contending teams. September begins with nine straight games against the Reds, Phillies and Cardinals. All told, the Brewers will play nine games against the Reds, plus a three-game series in San Francisco against the Giants.Macha says he will manage accordingly. "I know if I was on the other side, if I was [Reds manager Dusty] Baker or [Cardinals manager Tony] La Russa, and we pitch a rookie against the other team and he didn't fare so well, I'm not sure I would be so pleased about that," Macha said. That could affect how the Brewers handle left-hander Chris Narveson through the end of the season. Club officials have at least discussed giving a start or two to one of their young pitching prospects on the 40-man roster in order to prevent Narveson from going too far over his innings total from 2009. Narveson pitched seven innings against the Pirates on Friday for his 10th win and has worked 130 1/3 innings. He pitched 122 1/3 innings in 2009 between the Brewers and Triple-A Nashville. His career high for innings is 148 1/3, in 2004.
The Brewers will honor Class A Wisconsin pitchers Jake Odorizzi and Adrian Rosario before Sunday's series finale against the Pirates for their combined no-hitter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Tuesday night. Odorizzi, considered by some Brewers officials to be the franchise's top pitching prospect, worked the first eight innings and Rosario preserved the no-hitter in the ninth.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.