As the Brewers wrap up their second week in Arizona, they will officially wrap up the week tomorrow afternoon, but we will take a look at some noteworthy headlines. We will cover injury updates and an update on certain players. We will start with a few injury updates.
First off on the injury front will be Corey Hart. Corey is progressing pretty well. He might still be ready for opening day, but that decision will have to come from upstairs. Corey has said he wants to play on April 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals but neither Ron Roenicke or Doug Melvin want to rush to any solutions. They want him to be 100 percent before he goes back out there. But he also has not done many drills in the outfield so we will have to wait. Stay tuned as we will have more on Corey as spring moves along.
Shaun Marcum has a sore shoulder and is progressing slowly. He might not be ready for the start of the season. Again that decision will come from management. But Shaun doesn't want to rush it either. As most of us know with a shoulder injury if you rush you hurt yourself more. He is scheduled to throw live batting practice today, but he still might not be ready.
According to manager Ron Roenicke " If Marcum stays on schedule his pitch count would not be up there real high. He also said "Again, he can pitch that way, and he can give us whatever it's going to be — five, six innings. We'll have to look at what we think is more important. We certainly don't want to push him to make that first start."
That is the concern right there. If the pitch count is not where it should be than the Brewers are suffering more than getting help here.
Brandon Kintzler was in line for a bullpen spot but the elbow injury he had last season is still bothering him. He has not yet appeared in a game this spring. And he appears to be a ways off from pitching. He has seen the Brewers team doctor to try to get answers. So look for Kintzler to start the season on the 15 day disabled list.
In other news the Chicago Cubs claimed Frankie De La Cruz off waivers on Friday. The Brewers had to place him on waivers because he had no minor league options left, and he played himself out of a bullpen spot. So with 39 players on the roster, Doug Melvin can make a move if he wanted too. Cesar Izturis might have lost his spot as well. According to ESPN, Doug Melvin is exploring other middle infield options.
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