PHILADELPHIA -- Fresh off a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, reliever LaTroy Hawkins rejoined the Brewers at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, but he will not be activated from the disabled list until Wednesday at the earliest.Manager Ron Roenicke reiterated that stance Monday night, even after a 12-inning win over the Phillies meant Brewers pitchers had covered 30 innings in the span of two days. Hawkins pitched five times for the Brewers' Class A and Triple-A affiliates to test his surgically-repaired right shoulder, and since his assignment ended with back-to-back appearances for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and Sunday, the Brewers want Hawkins to rest at least two days before reinstating him to the active roster.
Still, the Brewers will likely make at least one bullpen move on Tuesday, because right-hander Sergio Mitre is expected to be unavailable with a bruised right triceps. He was struck just above the elbow by a line drive in Monday's win.
If the Brewers can avoid a similar marathon on Tuesday, they may wait through Thursday's off-day to activate Hawkins. In that event, he would be active for Friday's series opener against the Astros.
"I feel like I felt in '09. No pain, no restriction, no tightness," said Hawkins, who reported feeling "outstanding."After missing most of 2010 with shoulder trouble, Hawkins is hoping to make up for lost time in the second season of his two-year, $7.5 million contract.
Right field a lingering issue with Hart on mend
PHILADELPHIA -- With Nyjer Morgan still out Monday with a deep right thigh bruise and Corey Hart just heading out for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment to test the left rib-cage strain that spoiled his spring, the Brewers continued to do their best to get some production out of right field.Entering Mark Kotsay's start there Monday, Brewers right fielders owned a .696 OPS and only two RBIs. Only the Nationals, with slumping newcomer Jayson Werth, had gotten less production from their right fielders than the Brewers. "It's hard to replace 30 home runs and 100 RBIs," said Brewers hitting coach Dale Sveum, referring to Hart's contributions in 2010. "Plus, he's a two-way player who can play right field and isn't a clog on the bases. He can do a lot of things for you." Hart's moving closer to a return. He departed Citizens Bank Park just before batting practice Monday to catch a flight bound for New Orleans, where he will join the Triple-A Nashville Sounds starting Tuesday night. The Brewers intend to let Hart play at least a week there before considering reinstatement, though Hart said he may lobby for an earlier return depending on how he's feeling.
Command problems for Crew prospect Rogers
PHILADELPHIA -- Mark Rogers' command issues finally caught up to him at Triple-A Nashville.The Brewers' pitching future was defeated by a member of the team's pitching past on Monday, when Rogers' rough outing led to a loss against Jeff Suppan and the Omaha Royals. Rogers recorded only four outs and was charged with six runs on seven hits and three walks. Of his 52 pitches, only 28 were strikes. It was a step back for Rogers, who had allowed only one earned run over 10 innings in his first two starts for the Sounds, both no-decisions. But the walks have been alarming in all three outings this year -- now 12 of them (vs. eight strikeouts) in 11 1/3 innings.
Center fielder Carlos Gomez carried a .250 on-base percentage into Monday's start against the Phillies. He's not necessarily in danger of losing his job as a starter, but manager Ron Roenicke said he was planning to eventually work Corey Hart back into the No. 2 spot in the batting order upon Hart's return. Gomez would slide down to seventh or eighth.
Right-hander Zack Greinke (rib) remains on schedule to begin a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Tuesday night for Class A Brevard County, and Roenicke reiterated Monday that he'd like Greinke to make at least three Minor League starts.
Left-hander Manny Parra's return from a Minor League rehab stint is not imminent, according to Roenicke. "He hasn't gotten back his fastball," Roenicke said. Parra is working back from a back injury.
Roenicke had no answers for left-hander Zach Braddock's erratic fastball velocity so far. "I still feel confident to bring him in," Roenicke said. "We're trying to set it up to have him face just lefties. He's frustrated, too."