Kranitz gets head start with Brewers' staff
New pitching coach breaks ice during voluntary minicamp
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers pitchers and catchers don't formally report until Wednesday, but Rick Kranitz and Co. are already getting a jump on Spring Training.Kranitz, the team's fourth pitching coach in as many springs, has been hosting a voluntary minicamp at Maryvale Baseball Park since Saturday. All but five or six of the 27 pitchers on Milwaukee's camp roster have attended, but because it's a voluntary affair, Kranitz declined to say who has yet to make an appearance. "There are a lot of guys here early, and that's really nice," Kranitz said via telephone following Monday's workout. "It's my chance to get to know them in a bit of an informal atmosphere, before the first day of Spring Training comes around and these guys are busy all over the place. This is a nice, comfortable and informal setting for both me and the players." Kranitz is getting to know the pitchers' personalities and their physical conditions. Some are already at the point of throwing bullpen sessions and filled the mounds at Maryvale Baseball Park on Sunday and again Monday. Others are still building to that point.