Brewers set to unveil revamped staff in Arizona
Greinke, Gallardo and Marcum to lead NL Central title push
MILWAUKEE -- With apologies to the Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy, who did a fine job behind the plate last season, you can expect most of the focus to be on the hurlers when pitchers and catchers formally report to Spring Training in Phoenix, Ariz., today.The team rebuilt its starting rotation over the winter by trading for Zack Greinke and Shaun Marcum, bolstered the bullpen with free agent Takashi Saito and appears much more well-armed than the Brewers staffs that finished with one of the three worst ERAs in the National League in each of the past two seasons. "I'm happy for the team," second baseman Rickie Weeks said last month. "They made some great moves this year to help us get to that next level and go deep into the playoffs. It sounds good on paper, but we have to work it out." That process begins this morning, when Brewers pitchers and catchers report, and continues Thursday, when the group takes part in its first formal workout at Maryvale Baseball Park. Position players will report by Monday, and the 2011 Brewers will take part in their first full-squad workout on Feb. 22. That day will mark new manager Ron Roenicke's first opportunity to address everybody at once. The former Angels bench coach was hired in early November to replace Ken Macha, and promised a more aggressive approach on offense.
His coaching staff includes four organizational holdovers -- hitting coach Dale Sveum, bullpen coach Stan Kyles, third-base coach Ed Sedar (who moved from first base) and first-base coach Garth Iorg (who had been a roving instructor in the Minor Leagues). It also includes three newcomers in bench coach Jerry Narron, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and "eye in the sky" John Shelby.