Melvin says health may dictate trade activity
Brewers general manager isn't seeing major needs in advance of Deadline
TORONTO -- The calendar has flipped to July, but Brewers general manager Doug Melvin senses it may be some time before trade activity heats up. Teams can swap players until July 31 without first exposing them to waivers.
"I would say very minimal phone calls, very minimal activity," Melvin said. "It's not that we're overly aggressive at this point looking at something. We've stayed healthy. If we're healthy, we like our ballclub.
"And I think the other thing is there's so many teams that feel they're not out of it. It changes week to week."
Melvin plans to gather his baseball operations staff at Miller Park next week, with the team's pro scouts on speakerphone, to finalize assignments and continue reviewing opponents' rosters. That meeting is on top of Melvin's and assistant GM Gord Ash's ongoing conversations with pro scouting director Zack Minasian. All three are on the Brewers' current road trip.
The bullpen appears the most likely area the Brewers would look to improve, though the progress of right-handers Jim Henderson (shoulder) and Tyler Thornburg (elbow), both of whom are currently on the disabled list, will have an impact on Melvin's plans. Since swinging the surprise July 2008 blockbuster for CC Sabathia, Melvin and the Brewers can never be ruled out for acquiring a front-line starting pitcher, though Melvin has expressed a strong aversion to parting with top prospects. He also cast some doubt on the possibility the club will seek a more established utility man for the bench, a la the 2011 acquisition of Jerry Hairston.
The Brewers' current pinch-hitters entered Tuesday second in the National League with a .739 OPS.
"I don't know what you would do," Melvin said. "You're not going to change Rickie [Weeks] and Scooter [Gennett at second base]. You're not going to change [Lyle] Overbay [and Mark] Reynolds [at first base]. One piece, maybe, but it's got to be somebody who can play center field. I don't know where [a player like Hairston] would play if we had him now. Where would be play? ... We don't pinch-hit for our outfielders."
Melvin added; "Right now, if we stay healthy, I don't see a major need."
Segura aiming for turnaround; Gomez returns
TORONTO -- The Brewers were back to full strength on Tuesday as center fielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop Jean Segura returned from minor injuries, with Gomez feeling refreshed after a rare day off and Segura intent on turning around his subpar start to the season.
Both sat out Sunday's loss to the Rockies, Gomez with a sore neck from an outfield collision with Ryan Braun, and Segura because of what the Brewers have described as cramping at the top of his left quadriceps.
Segura remained less than 100 percent, manager Ron Roenicke said, and entered the day with a .244/.277/.333 slash line, with 14 stolen bases in 22 attempts. Through the same number of games last season, he was at .327/.360/.508, with 24 steals in 27 attempts.
"I think it's not much different," Segura said. "I swing at pitches I'm not supposed to swing at. [Opposing pitchers] are not stupid; when they see that, they see where to attack the hitter. I swing at their pitch, and it's not going to work like that."
This is the first season of Segura's professional career that did not follow a stint in the Dominican Winter League, as the Brewers ordered him to opt for rest during the offseason. That could be one factor in Segura's sophomore slump.
Then there's the matter of opponents having a better book on him.
"That's something you have to get used to," Roenicke said. "You talk about them adjusting to him, well, if they throw certain pitches and you always swing at them, they'll keep doing it. But they had all last year to do that, too, because as hot as he was the first half last year, they tried a little of everything to get him out. They couldn't get him out with anything. So he needs to get back to [being] that guy and get the strike zone back where it should be. And he's pretty good then."
Davis sustains left shoulder strain vs. Jays
TORONTO -- Brewers left fielder Khris Davis injured his left shoulder diving into second base in the seventh inning of Tuesday's 4-1 loss, and he was unsure of his availability for Wednesday's series finale against the Blue Jays.
The official diagnosis from the team was a left shoulder strain, but Davis referred to discomfort in his pectoral muscle. He planned to ice the spot throughout Tuesday evening, and he left Rogers Centre with a portable device that delivers electrical stimulation to muscles.
"I felt my pec make a grabbing sensation, and it wouldn't let go," Davis said. "It came back when I started running, like swinging my arm up. We'll see how I feel tomorrow."
Davis, who reached after being hit by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the seventh inning, broke for second base with Carlos Gomez at third and was able to get to second despite Hutchison's pickoff throw. Davis winced at second base after evading Jose Reyes' tag on the play, giving the Brewers runners at second and third with one out in a game they trailed, 2-1. After Jean Segura's flyout to right field ended the scoreless threat, Elian Herrera took Davis' place on defense.
"I've heard of guys separating, dislocating shoulders [while] diving, but I don't think it was anything like that," Davis said. "It was just a grabbing, tightening up, cramping."
In his first full Major League season, Davis has appeared in 78 of the Brewers' first 85 games, including 75 starts in left field. He entered Tuesday with 32 RBIs since May 19, the most in the National League.