PHOENIX -- One week to go, and new circumstances for Brewers officials to consider as they ponder their Opening Day roster.Injuries have knocked Wade Miley from the starting rotation and Boone Logan from the bullpen, forcing general manager David Stearns, manager Craig Counsell and their staffs to take a fresh
PHOENIX -- One week to go, and new circumstances for Brewers officials to consider as they ponder their Opening Day roster.
Injuries have knocked Wade Miley from the starting rotation and Boone Logan from the bullpen, forcing general manager David Stearns, manager Craig Counsell and their staffs to take a fresh look at how they will construct a 25-man roster for the season opener against the Padres on March 29 at Petco Park.
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"It's two less guys," Counsell said. "We'll keep open different ways to construct [the roster], but when you take away one guy that was a lock on the team and one guy who was certainly under strong considerations, it moves some other guys up. And it also makes us look at different ways to put it together."
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The Brewers are leaning toward beginning the season with only four starting pitchers, since they will not need a fifth starter until the eighth game. That helps a little, but it still leaves plenty of question marks for an outsider attempting to guess how things will look on Opening Day.
Here's another stab at it:
Catcher (2):Manny Pina and Jett Bandy
March 15 projection: Pina and Bandy
Pre-camp projection: Pina and Stephen Vogt
Vogt will start the season on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. That cleared a path for Bandy.
First base (3):Eric Thames, Jesus Aguilar and Ryan Braun
March 15 projection: Thames, Aguilar and Braun
Pre-camp projection: Thames and Braun
Yes, that's still too many first basemen. But the Miley and Logan injuries were a good reminder that it's best to delay decisions until the last possible moment, and the Brewers could try to hold onto Aguilar as long as possible.
Second base (2):Jonathan Villar and Eric Sogard
March 15 projection: Villar and Sogard
Pre-camp projection: Villar and Sogard
Villar was having a nice camp as of the one-week-to-go mark, slashing .326/.383/.442.
Third base (1):Travis Shaw
March 15 projection: Shaw
Pre-camp projection: Shaw
Shortstop (1):Orlando Arcia
March 15 projection: Arcia
Pre-camp projection: Arcia
Arcia extended his Cactus League hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the first inning on Thursday. Shaw leads the team with four spring homers.
Outfielders (3):Lorenzo Cain, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich (and Braun)
March 15 projection: Cain, Santana, Yelich (and Braun)
Pre-camp projection: Cain, Santana, Yelich (and Braun)
After two months of trade speculation, it looks like Santana will make it to Opening Day with the Brewers.
Utility (1):Hernan Perez
March 15 projection: Perez
Pre-camp projection: Perez
Mr. Versatility just needs to catch and he will have played every position in the Majors.
Starting pitchers (4):Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jhoulys Chacin, Brent Suter
March 15 projection: Anderson, Davies, Chacin, Wade Miley
Pre-camp projection: Anderson, Davies, Chacin, Brandon Woodruff, Suter
Suter could take Logan's spot in the bullpen, but Stearns said the team would choose Suter's role independent from Thursday's injury news. Junior Guerra and Woodruff are the other options for that fourth starter spot, but since Suter opened the spring with a "leg up," as Counsell put it, we'll go with him.
Bullpen (8):Corey Knebel, Josh Hader, Matt Albers, Jacob Barnes, Jeremy Jeffress, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hoover, Oliver Drake
March 15 projection: Knebel, Hader, Boone Logan, Albers, Barnes, Jeffress, Gallardo, Hoover
Pre-camp projection: Knebel, Hader, Logan, Albers, Barnes, Jeffress, Gallardo, Hoover
Drake isn't a left-hander, but he's out of options and gets left-handed batters out (.685 OPS last season), so he could fill Logan's spot to start the season. The hope, Stearns said, is that Logan will not miss too much time. Taylor Williams, the electric-armed right-hander, remains in play for one of the final bullpen spots.
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