NEW YORK -- If it were August or September in a pennant race, perhaps outfielder Christian Yelich would come off the Brewers' disabled list Sunday on the first day he's eligible to return from a right oblique injury. And maybe catcher Manny Pina would return to the lineup after missing
NEW YORK -- If it were August or September in a pennant race, perhaps outfielder Christian Yelich would come off the Brewers' disabled list Sunday on the first day he's eligible to return from a right oblique injury. And maybe catcher Manny Pina would return to the lineup after missing three starts with a sore calf.
It is not August or September. It is April, and forecasters are expecting Sunday to be a cold and wet day at Citi Field. So the Brewers will opt against activating Yelich and are likely to keep Pina on the bench. Milwaukee will reassess both players' availability when the team returns to the domed comfort of Miller Park on Monday for the start of a weeklong homestand.
"For both of them, let's get them at 100 percent before we put them back out there," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "In both their cases, I want to put it behind them. That's the goal. At a different point in the season, at the end of the season, we would be considering something different here."
Counsell stressed the decision did not indicate setbacks for the team's regular left fielder and catcher. Yelich took 70 more swings in the batting cage Saturday before playing catch with his manager, who reported that, "this is the best he's felt."
Later, Pina, who is available in an emergency as he works back to full strength, ran the bases during batting practice.
"This is a point in the season where, to me, it's so much more beneficial to put these things behind them in the rearview mirror," Counsell said.
• If Mother Nature and left-hander Boone Logan's strained triceps cooperate, Logan might throw his first bullpen session on Sunday. He has been sidelined since exiting a Spring Training game March 21.
• Catcher Stephen Vogt, sidelined by a strained right shoulder injury, threw at 90 feet with "no issues at all" and is hoping to move to 120 feet after the team returns home. Once he can comfortably throw from that distance, approximately the distance from home plate to second base, Vogt would be ready for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment.
• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson moved to 150 feet in his flat-ground throwing program earlier in the week as he inches back from shoulder surgery. Once he settles in at that distance, Nelson will work offspeed pitches on flat ground. After that, the next step is getting on a mound.
On Arcia's struggles
It was a matter of matchups that slick-fielding shortstop Orlando Arcia found himself on the bench for the start of Saturday's game, but Counsell did acknowledge that Brewers coaches are working with Arcia to quiet his swing amid Arcia's early-season slump. Through Friday's 0-for-3 against the Mets, Arcia had a .159/.213/.182 slash line through 44 plate appearances
Maybe those discussions paid off in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Mets. Arcia hit an insurance home run in the ninth inning, his first of the season.
"I think he's getting stuck off-balance a little bit," Counsell said before the game. "We're talking to him and trying some things about getting his foot down quicker and letting his very good hands work for him a little better. It's not a different message a lot of hitters hear from time to time when you start struggling. You're putting yourself kind of in bad positions so that the best traits that you have -- good hands or strength -- aren't allowed to work."
The Padres on Saturday claimed left-handed reliever Tyler Webb off waivers from the Brewers. He was designated for assignment on April 7 to clear a 40-man roster spot for J.J. Hoover, who has since been designated for assignment as well.
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