SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Banged-up Brewers starter Zack Greinke has been making steady but slow progress in his recovery from a cracked rib, manager Ron Roenicke said Monday."He's coming along good," Roenicke said. "They're riding him on the bike and you heat up to the point of, where does he start to feel it? They're trying to monitor how hard and how far he can go with workouts before he starts feeling it at all, and it's kind of tricky. They were riding for four minutes and he started to feel it, so they had to back off. "So it's just trying to gauge the point where he's getting work in yet not affecting that area." Greinke will be cleared to resume throwing a baseball once he's pain-free. "I don't think the light playing catch is that far away, but throwing, we've still got a ways," Roenicke said.
Gomez, Dickerson, Schafer join injury report
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Three more outfielders joined the Brewers' M.A.S.H. unit Monday, when Carlos Gomez missed a start against the Giants because of a tight back and Chris Dickerson and Logan Schafer were sent for X-rays after being banged up on the bases.The ever-growing injury report is downright discouraging for new manager Ron Roenicke. "I'm used to injuries, but we just keep having them all the time," he said. "It bothers you." Dickerson was involved in a violent collision between second and third base with the Giants' Pablo Sandoval and hurt his right rib cage. Both players hit the dirt in obvious pain and were tended by athletic trainers. Dickerson was able to walk.
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More worrying was the loss of Schafer, a top prospect who appeared to Roenicke to seriously injure his right thumb sliding into Giants shortstop Miguel Tejada at second base.The Brewers didn't have any further information about either player at the end of a 12-8 win over the Giants. Nor did the club make any pronouncements about another prospect, Caleb Gindl, who sprained his right knee Sunday crashing into a chain-link fence along the left-field line at Maryvale Baseball Park. Gindl said he was scheduled for an MRI scan. It's been that kind of spring for the Brewers, who have seen seven of their nine projected Opening Day starters -- if you assume right-hander Zack Greinke would have gotten that honor -- miss at least a few Cactus League innings with various degrees of medical ailments. Greinke (cracked rib) will start the season on the disabled list, and catcher Jonathan Lucroy (fractured finger) and right fielder Corey Hart (rib-cage strain) have work to do to avoid a similar fate. The other issues qualify as bumps and bruises. Second baseman Rickie Weeks missed time with a tight groin, shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt sat out Monday with a tight right quadriceps and left fielder Ryan Braun exited early Saturday with a rib-cage strain. Braun returned to action Monday, when Gomez was scratched. Perspective is in order, because minor injuries are as commonplace in Spring Training as sunshine, and none of the setbacks in Brewers camp have threatened a player's season. "But the more we keep playing, all of a sudden I see guys going down," Roenicke said. "It's like I don't want to put on signs because I don't want anybody to get hurt."
Rogers begins bid for fifth starter slot
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Minus one booming Pablo Sandoval home run, top Brewers pitching prospect Mark Rogers felt pretty good about his Cactus League debut Monday. His manager is not quite sold yet.Rogers, whose debut was delayed by some early-spring stiffness in his right shoulder, worked the sixth inning against the Giants and surrendered two runs on three hits, including a long Sandoval homer to right-center field. "He got me pretty good," Rogers said with a grin. "[Rogers] just didn't look like he was comfortable," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He worked really slow, a little too methodical. I'm sure he's a little cautious. He's just kind of feeling his way through, which is OK. It's his first outing. He's kjust not sure how the arm is going to react, and I guess that's natural."
Rogers chalked it up as a positive step in his bid to replace the injured Zack Greinke in the Brewers' April pitching rotation."Once I got going and got into it, my arm felt fine," said Rogers, who has had two shoulder surgeries in his career. "That's the important thing right now. Obviously, I wish the results were better. But you know what? It's a step in the right direction." If he stays on a regular schedule for the remaining two weeks of Spring Training, Rogers should be at 75 pitches by the time the Brewers break camp. The club needs a sixth starter on April 5 or 6, then twice more in April if Greinke remains sidelined with his cracked rib, and Rogers looks like a leading candidate. Fellow prospect Wily Peralta could also get a look, and Roenicke on Monday mentioned non-roster pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz and Marco Estrada as options. "I'm glad I'm healthy," Rogers said. "I felt like I was just letting the ball go and not thinking about it when I was on the mound. That's the positive I'll take out of this."
Wolf finds a zone in start vs. Giants
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- All it took for Randy Wolf to find the strike zone was a bit of financial incentive.Wolf threw 43 of his 58 pitches for strikes and started 14 of 19 hitters with strike one in a four-inning start against the Giants on Monday at Scottsdale Stadium. The left-hander did surrender three runs on seven hits but called the outing "a huge step forward" in his preparation for the regular season. "I told Rick [Kranitz, Milwaukee's pitching coach] that I was going to give him $50 per walk from here on out," Wolf said. "I was tired of walking guys." He walked four batters in his first three Cactus League innings but none on Monday. "For me, the main thing is throwing strikes with all my pitches," Wolf said. "Today, I made a few bad location pitches with my fastball, but other than that, I felt real comfortable. If I threw a ball, I backed it up with a strike. It was probably the first time this spring I had a changeup of any quality." He also had his curveball again, a pitch that eluded him all of last spring and into the regular season. Wolf is in line for three more spring starts before his scheduled regular-season debut on April 3 in Cincinnati.