So far 2012 has been a nightmare for the Brewers. The team has been struggling and they have already sustained two season long injuries. The first and only long term injury last season came on July 27th when Rickie Weeks severely sprained his ankle running to first base. It is May 3, and they have lost two players for a long period of time. So do they have any ideas? Yes they have ideas. So here are a few ideas to fill the holes on the roster.
Right now the ideas for Chris Narveson who successfully had surgery to repair his torn rotator cuff and fraying of his labrum is to keep Marco Estrada in the rotation. The name filling the roster spot in Milwaukee was Mike McClendon, but he was not successful so they are still searching for the right man to fill that spot. It appears they will stay within the organization to find that guy. Maybe Brandon Kintzler will be that guy after he returns from the injury he suffered last season. He is on the mend and might be going on a rehab assignment within the next month or so. But with Marco in the rotation, it has caused a large void in the bullpen. They need to find a long relief man soon. I have heard another idea.
Why not call up Wily Peralta and move Estrada back to the pen? It is an idea but the Brewers are not sure if he is ready yet. They want him to get consistent innings, and days off might not give him consistent innings. For example, Estrada with todays off day will have his spot skipped. That would not be good for a young pitcher who needs to have consistency to master a delivery.
First base is much more complicated. As of now, the idea is to have Travis Ishikawa cover the spot vacated by Mat Gamel, who will likely have surgery next week to repair his torn ACL in the right knee. Corey Hart will help with a few games as well. They called up Brooks Conrad to fill the roster spot. He can play first base as well. So they might be ok with first base. In addition, the Brewers will be on watch for free agents and potential players available for trade. But as Doug Melvin said last night " It is harder than it seems to make a trade"
And he is right. But they don't need to make a trade right now. They should be fine for now. They are a deep team in the outfield, and they have a few major league caliber players in Nashville, the Brewers triple A affiliate. Most notably Taylor Green.
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