MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will get to deliver good news to at least one player on Sunday morning, when he learns which of his players will represent the team in the All-Star Game. He's hoping for at least two.Left fielder Ryan Braun is the Brewers' strongest All-Star candidate, and was running third among National League outfielders in the final round of fan balloting results released Tuesday. Roenicke also hopes starter Zack Greinke makes the cut for the NL squad. Both leagues' All-Star squads will be unveiled from noon-1 p.m. CT on Sunday on TBS, with results and analysis on MLB.com as the selections are announced. The 83rd All-Star Game is on FOX at 7 p.m. CT on July 10. "There's some starters having some great years," Roenicke said. "But I would expect [Greinke] to make it. ... He's pitching like an All-Star."
Greinke would be eligible to pitch in the All-Star Game because his final first-half outing comes next Saturday against the Astros. By rule, pitchers who work the final Sunday before the break are not eligible to pitch on All-Star Tuesday.Greinke was an American League All-Star in 2009, the year he won the AL Cy Young Award. Braun has been voted to the NL starting lineup each of the past four years, though he missed the 2011 All-Star Game because of a leg injury. The Brewers have had at least three All-Stars in six straight seasons and at least one starter in each of the last five seasons. Roenicke will be an All-Star himself, an invited member of NL manager Tony La Russa's staff. Roenicke said he had "no idea" what his precise duties will be. "They wanted a big-name guy to get in there," Roenicke joked.
Roenicke backs Wolf during rough stretch
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had a chat with frustrated starter Randy Wolf during batting practice on Saturday after telling reporters he had no thoughts at all about removing Wolf from the pitching rotation."It's not even on my mind right now," Roenicke said. The veteran left-hander is winless with a 5.34 ERA in 11 starts since April 30, a mixture of some poor starts and some bad luck. For the season, opponents are hitting Wolf at a .308 clip. The Brewers were in position to win Wolf's four starts prior to Friday's blowout loss to the D-backs, but each of those four wins slipped away from the bullpen. On Friday, Wolf was simply knocked around, allowing nine hits and eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Afterward, he described his season as a "nightmare, starting from Day 1." "He's had a tough year," Roenicke said. "I'm hoping last night doesn't set him back, because the four previous games, I thought were good. I think he's been throwing the ball really well. [Friday] night, he didn't throw the ball well. I'm hoping that he goes back to where he was before last night." Roenicke considered the idea that Wolf may be tipping pitches, but after watching video determined, "he's fine there." Roenicke has a reputation for being particularly adept at identifying pitchers' tips. Wolf's next scheduled outing is Wednesday against the Marlins, against whom he is 4-12 with a 5.98 ERA in 21 career starts.
Fifth-round pick Magnifico cryptic with tweet
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' highest unsigned Draft pick, University of Oklahoma right-hander Damien Magnifico, posted a tweet on Saturday indicating he'd made a decision about his baseball future. Precisely what the fifth-round selection had decided remained a mystery.Magnifico wrote that, "It's great to be around family, friends, and the girlfriend. And now have things figured out for the future." He added the hash tag, "#blessed." Asked about Magnifico's tweet, Brewers amateur scouting director Bruce Seid was just as vague, writing in an email that, "Both parties are still doing their work." Major League Baseball prescribed a $385,400 bonus for Magnifico's spot in the First-Year Player Draft. Magnifico was a Draft-eligible sophomore, so he could return to school if he does not sign with the Brewers before the 4 p.m. CT deadline on July 13. The Brewers' only other unsigned pick in the top 14 rounds is eighth-round selection Edgardo Rivera, a prep outfielder from Puerto Rico.