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Vogt experiences shoulder setback

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Stephen Vogt's hopes for a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster took a hit Monday when he was unable to complete a morning throwing session at Maryvale Baseball Park.

It marked the first time Vogt attempted to throw on the field since he was shut down two weeks ago with right shoulder discomfort. He will undergo another MRI scan, general manager David Stearns said, before the Brewers assess the next step.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Stephen Vogt's hopes for a spot on the Brewers' Opening Day roster took a hit Monday when he was unable to complete a morning throwing session at Maryvale Baseball Park.

It marked the first time Vogt attempted to throw on the field since he was shut down two weeks ago with right shoulder discomfort. He will undergo another MRI scan, general manager David Stearns said, before the Brewers assess the next step.

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"It just didn't go well throwing so we shut him down immediately," manager Craig Counsell said. "He has not seen the doctor yet, but we are going to have to regroup on him."

Vogt, competing with Jett Bandy for a roster spot alongside primary catcher Manny Pina, spent the winter strengthening his arm after throwing out just one of 28 baserunners with the Brewers last season. He reported to camp hoping to show improvement but felt discomfort in a practice session after logging only one Cactus League game on defense.

What does this latest setback mean for his odds to make the team?

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"I don't have an answer for you on that yet. It's less likely, but we'll have to see what the doctor prescribes in terms of time off and how we move forward," Counsell said. "Let's wait a little bit until we know what's next, but at two weeks, we're getting close on time here."

Vogt avoided arbitration by signing a $3.065 million, one year deal on Dec. 1. Such contracts are non-guaranteed, so Vogt knew at the onset of camp that he had to win a roster spot.

Davies clears latest hurdle
Zach Davies threw about 45 pitches over three controlled innings against Brewers Minor Leaguers on Monday morning with no discomfort in his left oblique, and expects to slot back into the Cactus League rotation on Saturday against the Rockies.

"Everything feels great," said Davies, who was pulled from big league games as a precaution after reporting some minor discomfort during a March 3 outing against the Rockies. "Everything felt sharp. Body felt great. Arm felt good. I'm ready to get back on schedule."

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The Brewers announced that Chase Anderson will start Opening Day and Jhoulys Chacin will pitch another of the three games in the opening series at San Diego, but left Davies' assignment open for now. He could either pitch one of games in San Diego, or be held for the Brewers' April 2 home opener against the Cardinals.

Homer happy
First baseman Ji-Man Choi added to his body of Spring Training work when he smashed a go-ahead grand slam, and Keston Hiura and Christian Bethancourt also homered in a 7-6 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Choi is hitting .425 with two home runs in 23 Cactus League at-bats.

"He's put together tough at-bats the whole spring," Counsell said. "Plate discipline is a strength; ball/strike discernment is a strength of his. I think we thought that going in. I was expecting to see that, really. He's been a pleasant surprise overall, though."

Hiura's home run was his first in big league camp. He was the Brewers' first round Draft pick last year and served as a designated hitter in the Minors while an elbow injury healed up.

"To be honest, the second-base play is probably what I've been happier with than the hitting," Counsell said. "I think the second-base play has been really clean for the last couple of weeks. That's probably what he's a little farther behind on."

Up next
Right-hander Brandon Woodruff will continue his bid for a spot in the Brewers' rotation with a start against the Rangers on Tuesday at Maryvale Baseball Park. The 3:05 p.m. CT game will be broadcast live on MLB.TV and FS Wisconsin.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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