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Last call

• Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he texted with Ryan Braun on Friday, who was placed on the bereavement list Thursday because of a family medical issue. The Brewers don't expect the outfielder back until after the All-Star break.

"Things are looking OK," Roenicke said. "Still a tough situation though."

• The Brewers signed Micah Owings to a Minor League contract Friday. The pitcher/outfielder will report to the club's Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Ariz. Owings is a six-year Major League veteran with stints playing for the D-backs, Reds and Padres as a pitcher, but over the past two years he has tried his hand as a position player as well. Before being released by the Nationals on July 1, the 30-year-old played 31 games in the outfield and 21 games as the designated hitter for the club's Triple-A affiliate, batting .265 with eight homers.

• Entering Friday, Jonathan Lucroy had four home runs in his past five games.

"I've seen him locked in actually better than this, but he's driving the ball right now," Roenicke said. "When he's locked in, he's going to get two or three hits every game all over the field. Luc is just one of those guys who can hit."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for
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