ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers lost first baseman Corey Hart and left fielder Ryan Braun to injuries within the span of two innings in Sunday's extra-inning loss to the Cardinals. Braun tweaked a right wrist that has bothered him for a while, and Hart hurt his left ankle.Hart, batting .351 over his last 25 games, had two hits and scored two runs before leaving the game. He was hurt in the top of the fourth inning when he rounded second base after a Jonathan Lucroy single, then planted and returned to the bag. "I didn't turn it; my foot just felt like something inside had a real bad burning," Hart said. "I saw a doctor and of course they don't know anything yet. I'll see our guys when we get to [Miller Park] tomorrow. Hopefully I get there tomorrow and feel better." He appeared to limp home in the fourth inning on Jean Segura's RBI single, and also moved gingerly in the field after playing the bottom of that frame. Hart was replaced at first base in the fifth inning by Travis Ishikawa. Braun was 0-for-3 before abruptly exiting in the sixth with his sore wrist. "I've dealt with it for a while, off and on, and occasionally I take an awkward swing and irritate it," Braun said. "I'll be all right though." Braun is the National League leader with 38 home runs, and on Friday became the first player in Brewers history to reach 100 RBIs in five different seasons.
Twenty years ago, Yount made history with 3,000th hit
ST. LOUIS -- Twenty years ago, The Kid cemented his place in Cooperstown.Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of Hall of Famer Robin Yount's 3,000th hit, an opposite-field single off Indians reliever Jose Mesa at Milwaukee County Stadium on Sept. 9, 1992. In an interview with MLB.com last year, just before Yankees captain Derek Jeter joined the club, Yount recalled the uncomfortable run-up to his milestone. "It almost feels like you're out there alone. It's kind of a weird feeling," he said. "At least it was for me. I remember that we were in a pennant race the year I got mine and it was late in the year. I felt very uncomfortable because it seemed like the focus was on me, and I felt that it should have been on the team because we had a legitimate chance to win that division that year. "I found myself getting caught up in it because everyone else was caught up in it. I'll be honest -- for me, it was a bit of a distraction. I can remember when I got within one or two hits, I got real angry at myself because I was distracted. I had a long talk with myself after one of those games, I don't remember which one." It was somewhere from Sept. 7-9, 1992. The Brewers were hosting the Indians for a quick, three-game homestand, and Yount felt pressure to reach his milestone at County Stadium before heading out for a seven-game trip to Baltimore and Boston. He got a hit in each of the first two games of the series, then went hitless in his first three at-bats in the finale before knocking a seventh-inning single against Mesa. "I can remember saying, 'Hey, snap out of it. This isn't about one hit,'" Yount said. "I was trying to get back to the guy who had played 19 years at that point on a daily basis instead of focusing on this one silly hit. I guess it's human nature. So many people are making such a big deal out of this one hit out of 3,000, and it's amazing what happens when there's something in your mind that hasn't been there before." When he got his milestone hit, longtime teammates Paul Molitor and Jim Gantner were the first to embrace Yount at first base. "You get 3,000 hits because of longevity, and I guess what I'm most proud of," Yount said. Veteran scribe Ton Haudricourt noted Sept. 9, 1992 was also the day Brewers president Allan H. "Bud" Selig's fellow owners named him Chairman of the Major League Executive Council. The vote made Selig the interim Commissioner in the wake of Fay Vincent's resignation two days earlier. Selig has run Major League Baseball ever since.
Rogers not ready to shut it down this season
ST. LOUIS -- Brewers right-hander Mark Rogers is holding onto a sliver of hope that he has not thrown his final 2012 pitch.Shut down by the ballclub on Sept. 1 in a preemptive move to protect Rogers' surgically-repaired right arm, the 26-year-old has continued playing catch and threw a full bullpen session on Friday. He will remain with the team for the remainder of the season, even if he doesn't pitch. "I don't know. This is the first time I've been through this," Rogers said. "One thing that will be good for me is I can get used to the length of the season. I can learn how to prepare throughout the length of the Major League season. "But a lot of people in this clubhouse don't feel like we're out of it, and I honestly can't tell you what that exactly means for me going forward. If throwing some bullpens keeps me in their minds, then that's good. We'll see." Friday's bullpen session, Rogers said, "Felt great." "It's nice to know I'm 100 percent," Rogers said. "Who knows what happens. Why not? I'm here, so why not make the most of it." The Brewers were not expected to make this sort of run after trading Zack Greinke and populating the starting rotation with rookies. But they entered Sunday winners of 15 of their last 19 games, leaving them five games out of the National League's second Wild Card slot. Besides Rogers, the Brewers have already inserted rookie Wily Peralta into the rotation, and manager Ron Roenicke reiterated Sunday that he wants to give Tyler Thornburg at least one start. The Thornburg plan is on hold while the Brewers assess where they stand in the Wild Card race, and he has been available the past few days out of the bullpen. Asked whether Rogers could pitch again, Roenicke said, "I shouldn't say anything because you put yourself in a hole when you say, 'We can't do that to him.' All of a sudden you change your mind, and then you look bad with what you say." Roenicke did say there are no current plans to return Rogers to the mound again this season.
• Norickhia Aoki, still adjusting to the more grueling Major League Baseball schedule, started again Sunday amid an 0-for-11 funk. Roenicke wanted to give Aoki a day off Thursday in Miami, but Aoki instructed translator Kosuke Inaji to call the manager that morning to request a spot in the lineup."They know more about themselves than I do; they're out there every day," Roenicke said. • Roenicke declined to give the Cardinals a roadmap, but conceded that some of his late-inning relievers were unavailable Sunday because of a recent heavy workload. Closer John Axford was almost certainly one of them after pitching six of the first eight days in September. Francisco Rodriguez and Jim Henderson had each pitched four of the previous five days. "Somebody else is going to have to do it tonight," Roenicke said.
• The Brewers claimed Minor League left-hander Miguel De Los Santos off waivers from the Rangers, that club told reporters. With De Los Santos, the Brewers have 39 players on their 40-man roster. He is not related to Fautino De Los Santos, a right-hander reliever acquired last month in a trade with the A's.