"It was definitely crisper today, another building block towards getting where I want to be," Suter said. "Still behind the count more than I would like probably, but it's definitely something to build on. Our offense erupted early [with four first-inning runs], and it was a fun day."
Suter added "15 to 20" pounds during an offseason designed to increase both his strength and stamina. He was one of the Brewers' pleasant surprises last summer in making 22 appearances -- 14 starts -- with a 3.42 ERA.
"Then we'll go as fast as we can," Counsell said. "We know there's a little bit of a time crunch. But Stephen has to be healthy. It doesn't do any good to hurry this. It's not something you can hurry. He's got to be healthy. He's got to be able to throw. That position requires a lot. It's a test for Stephen. We've got to make sure he's healthy, and we do it right, and we will."
Infielder Hernan Perez singled in three at-bats on Saturday and is hitting .387 this spring in his quest to grab what probably will be a utility roster spot.
Left-hander Wade Miley will take an eight-inning shutout streak into his fourth spring appearance on Sunday in a road game against the Indians at 3:05 p.m. CT. He has one walk and 11 strikeouts after an offseason of reworking his mechanics. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.