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Last call

• Assistant general manager Gord Ash said right-hander Mark Rogers would start extended spring training games on Wednesday and Monday in an effort to rediscover his lost velocity, but would eventually transition to a relief role.

"Because when he comes back here, that's probably the way he's going to be used," Ash said, "and since he's never done it before, he had better start doing it."

Long term, the Brewers still hope to use Rogers as a starting pitcher. He is on the 15-day disabled list with what the Brewers termed "shoulder instability."

• Infielder Taylor Green, who also remained in Arizona and is on the DL with a left hip labrum injury, had hoped to be playing games by now. But Ash said Green remained idle because he was still feeling pain. Another infielder, Jeff Bianchi, also sidelined by a hip injury, is even further away than Green from game action, Ash said.

• Ash also provided updates on two Minor Leaguers. Hector Gomez, pegged as the shortstop for Double-A Huntsville, suffered a rib-cage strain in his first Cactus League at-bat with the Brewers and remained in Arizona for 7-10 days to get healthy. And outfielder Victor Roache, one of Milwaukee's two first-round picks in last year's First-Year Player Draft, remains sidelined by a hamstring strain but will report soon to Class A Wisconsin.

• Major League Baseball reported that the Brewers owned the league's most diverse roster, with 14 players born outside the U.S., from an MLB-high seven different countries and territories -- Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Only three of the team's nine Opening Day starters were born in the U.S.: Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy.
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