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Brewers beat 5/28

May 28, 2010 Comments off

Brewers players, staff S.C.O.R.E. at local schools

MILWAUKEE — Brewers players, coaches and front office staff visited 26 schools in the five-county area on Friday to talk to students about their community outreach program on S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day.

The S.C.O.R.E. (School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence) program is in its fifth season, and it provides messages about character education through each of the five elements of the initiative.

As part of the program, left fielder Ryan Braun, broadcaster Brian Anderson, former All-Star Larry Hisle and the Brewers’ racing sausages visited Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee.

“It’s important to have good life skills,” Anderson told the students. “We want to encourage you to learn that, take it home to your brothers and sisters, your parents, reach out into your community and take this S.C.O.R.E. program and keep it with you. We come out and we want to give you the message, but really the message dies unless you take it out there with you.”

Hisle, who played for the Brewers from 1978-82, talked about how much his community meant to him when growing up.

“I credit that city for as much of my success as I do myself,” Hisle said, referring to his hometown of Portsmouth, Ohio. “It afforded me every opportunity and all the resources necessary for success. The only thing missing was how badly I wanted to play baseball.”

During the presentation, Anderson and Braun presented five baseballs — one with each of the letters of the acronym on it — to five students who participated and talked about why each of the program’s elements is important.

Braun, who attended the University of Miami on an academic scholarship, told the students that he always hoped to play baseball professionally, but his studies came first.

The program finished with a question and answer session between the students and Braun, who was noticeably impressed by the students.

“Really impressive,” Braun said of the questions. “I think they really paid attention, and they really believe in this program, and I think the Brewers do, too. So it was a good day all around. I had a good time, and I was thoroughly impressed.”

Stern finds himself on callup express

MILWAUKEE — As the Brewers’ injuries continue to pile up, so, too, do the frequent flier miles for outfielder Adam Stern, who was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday.

Stern received a phone call from Nashville manager Don Money, who gave him the news Thursday morning. With that, Stern headed to the ballpark to pack up his things, then caught a flight from Sacramento, Calif., to Milwaukee by way of Minneapolis.

It was the third time in less than three weeks that Stern has been called up from the Minors. As a result, he has spent only two days at home in Nashville this month: May 1-2.

“I haven’t started my car in about three weeks,” Stern said. “So who knows if that’ll start.”

Stern’s journey began with an eight-day Minor League road trip, which included stops in Round Rock, Texas, and Albuquerque, N.M. The series in Albuquerque wrapped up on May 10, and the next day Stern was recalled in place of center fielder Carlos Gomez.

He joined the Brewers in Milwaukee for a few days, but with the bullpen needing another arm, Stern was optioned May 15 in favor of right-handed reliever John Axford. Stern never left, however, and was recalled the next day as left-hander Doug Davis went on the disabled list.

Stern made the trip with the club to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis, but was optioned before the first game against the Twins.

With that, Stern flew to Sacramento, meeting the Sounds there and playing the team’s first three games against the River Cats. But with outfielder Jody Gerut going on the disabled list Thursday, Stern was on the move again.

All told, Stern has traveled more than 8,000 miles in May.

“Flying doesn’t bother me,” Stern said. “I’m getting to check out the country, I guess. Plus, I’m racking some good frequent flier miles.”

Stern did admit, though, that some flights are more enjoyable than others.

“The flights are a lot better coming here than they are going away from here,” he said. “It’s a lot better when you’re coming up to the big leagues. On the way out, it’s a little bit worse.”

Although he’s happy to be back, Stern knows he shouldn’t settle in or get too comfortable in Milwaukee.

With center fielder Jim Edmonds set to return Monday from the DL, Stern is the most likely candidate to be sent down to the Minors.

“They’ll keep me posted when they need to make another move,” Stern said. “That’s fine. You just do whatever they ask you to do and go with the flow.”

Fielder, Braun swap spots vs. left-hander

MILWAUKEE — With a tough lefty in Johan Santana on the mound for Friday’s series opener with the Mets, Brewers manager Ken Macha opted to switch the order of his three and four hitters for the second time in two weeks.

First baseman Prince Fielder moved up a spot to the No. 3 hole, while right fielder Ryan Braun dropped down from that spot to bat cleanup against the Mets. The only other time this season Fielder has hit anywhere but fourth was May 20 against the Pirates.

The Brewers won that game, 4-3, snapping a nine-game losing streak.

“I did it in Pittsburgh when their lefty pitched,” Macha said. “I kind of like it that way with a lefty. I think with Braun sitting on deck that they have to get the ball closer to the strike zone for Prince. Because if they end up walking him, then you’ve got somebody that has a reputation for hitting left-handers very well.”

Worth noting

Entering Friday’s game Brewers pitchers had not allowed a home run in their last eight games since May 19, one game shy of tying the nine-game franchise record, set from Aug. 17-25, 1976. … The starting pitchers had not allowed a home run in 11 straight games, also one game shy of tying the 12-game franchise record, set earlier in 1976, from May 7-21. … The New York Mets entered Friday’s game having not allowed a home run over the same eight-game stretch since May 19. … The Brewers recorded their first extra-innings win of the season on Thursday as well as their first win when trailing after seven or eight innings. They now own a 1-3 record in extra innings, 1-22 when trailing after seven and 1-24 when trailing after eight. … Milwaukee has hit 18 home runs off left-handed pitchers this season, the most in the National League.

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Brewers beat 5/16

May 16, 2010 Comments off

Gomez working his way back

MILWAUKEE — After a relatively injury-free five weeks to open the season, the Brewers’ list of injured players is beginning to add up.

Fortunately for the Brewers, many of those players look to be on their way to returning in the near future.

Among those is center fielder Carlos Gomez, who is on track to return Friday — as the Brewers visit the Twins, his former club — when he is eligible to come off the disabled list. Gomez, who is out with two injuries, a strained rotator cuff in his left shoulder and a strained left knee, which has been an issue since Spring Training.

“Gomez, if all goes well between now and then, will go on a rehab assignment to Wisconsin on Wednesday,” assistant general manager Gord Ash said. “He will not be in Cincinnati or Pittsburgh. He’ll go up there Tuesday and workout, play Wednesday and Thursday, and go to Minneapolis Friday if all is well.”

Gomez ran through the full gamut of pregame exercises on Sunday, including batting practice and running and throwing drills. He will work out again at Miller Park on Monday before traveling to Appleton on Tuesday.

“Fifteen days, no action. I feel bored,” Gomez said. “I’ll be happy to come back to the lineup.”

When Gomez suffered his shoulder injury he was also dealing with a sore left knee. The knee now feels, “awesome,” Gomez said.

In addition to Gomez, another pair of Brewers is scheduled to rehab this week in Brevard County, the club’s Class A Advanced affiliate.

Pitcher Josh Butler, who is recovering from a right elbow injury, is scheduled to start for the Manatees on Monday.

Third baseman Mat Gamel is expected to join the Manatees on Wednesday to begin his rehab assignment as well. Gamel suffered a slightly torn muscle just behind his right shoulder during Spring Training, and has been in extended spring training rehabilitating his shoulder injury.

Despite the growing nature of the Brewers injury report, which also includes the recent addition of lefty Doug Davis, Ash chalked it up to being part of the “nature of the game.”

“We get some guys back or on the road back and then you get some guys who are hurt,” Ash said. “This is an unusual circumstance with Doug. It’s nothing something you can plan or work toward. So we just have to make the best of it.”

Edmonds hopes to avoid DL stint

MILWAUKEE — Veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds was sore on Sunday after straining a left rib-cage muscle in the Brewers’ loss on Saturday, but was hopeful he could avoid a trip to the disabled list.

Edmonds, 39, strained his left oblique on a check-swing in the bottom of the second inning, but played another inning in center field before being replaced by Jody Gerut in the top of the fourth.

“The first day it’s usually pretty sore, so hopefully after this day with some work it’ll start to feel better,” Edmonds said. “It’s starting to loosen up a bit already, but it’s still pretty tender.”

With Edmonds unavailable and Carlos Gomez on the disabled list until at least Friday, Gerut got the start in center for the Brewers in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies.

While he felt the injury following a particular swing in the second inning, Edmonds admitted the injury may not be entirely unrelated to the back injury he suffered earlier this season.

“I think it could be partially related to my back problem that I had,” Edmonds said. “I still was battling that a bit, and this is just around the corner from it.”

Despite the potential lingering nature of the injury, Edmonds hopes to be out on the field again as soon as possible.

“Usually, when you hurt yourself, it’s the opposite side from your throwing arm and this is on the same side. So that’s a good positive thing,” Edmonds said. “As soon as I can swing a bat, I’m going to get back in there.”

Stern’s travel route a short one

MILWAUKEE — Back with the big league club after being optioned the day before, outfielder Adam Stern had about the shortest trip to the Minors as possible this week.

Stern, who was sent to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday to make room for right-handed reliever John Axford, was recalled on Sunday as the Brewers sent lefty Doug Davis to the disabled list with pericarditis, an inflammation of lining around his heart.

Though he was sent down, Stern never left Milwaukee before being recalled.

“I was scheduled to fly out today,” Stern said. “But they told me to hold tight yesterday until they figured everything out. So, I just kind of hung out and waited for the call.”

Before being sent down, Stern got his first at-bat with the Brewers and his first Major League at-bat since 2006 on Friday, which resulted in a strikeout.

Now, he’ll get an opportunity to make the road trip with a big league club for the first time in a few years as well.

“The last time I was on a team charter was in ’06. It’s definitely better than flying commercial on Southwest getting Group ‘A,'” Stern said. “Any time you get to put a big league uniform on you look forward to it. I’m excited for the opportunity.”

Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.