Player News - Brewers

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Braun (back) worked out on Thursday.

We're not sure what his workout entailed but it's certainly a good sign and could determine whether Braun is ready to come off the disabled list. The 34-year-old has shown his age this year, struggling to a .235 average across 234 at-bats for the Brew Crew.
Jul 19 - 8:40 PM

Brewers GM David Stearns confirmed the team will not punish Josh Hader for his past racist and homophobic tweets.

This comes a day after MLB announced that Hader would not be suspended but would instead be required to attend sensitivity training. Ultimately the Brewers and Major League Baseball both felt it was hard to punish Hader for something that occurred when he was 17, though the All-Star left-hander still has work to do if he wants to earn back the trust of his fans and teammates. "I think they're ill-informed and ignorant but I don't think they represent who he is as a person right now," Stearns said of Hader's tweets. "I don't know how he's going to work through it. The truth is he has put himself in this situation. And he's going to have to work very hard to get through it."
Jul 19 - 8:04 PM

Manny Pina (biceps) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Thursday.

Pina has been on the disabled list for less than two weeks, so he shouldn't need many rehab games before being activated. He's been out with biceps tendinitis.
Jul 19 - 4:02 PM

Matt Albers (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Albers has been sidelined since the middle of June with inflammation in his right shoulder. He'll likely get in a few games over the next week, and then has a chance to rejoin the Milwaukee bullpen before the end of July. On the year, Albers has posted a 3.45 ERA with 25/7 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings.
Jul 18 - 7:07 PM

Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Josh Hader will not be suspended for his past racist and homophobic tweets.

That ugly Twitter history was uncovered as Hader was pitching in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's All-Star Game. Most of the tweets were sent when Hader was 17 years old (in 2011-2012) and he apologized in the National League clubhouse after the game, telling a scrum of reporters that he was "ready for any consequences" that might come. Here is the statement from MLB: "During last night's game we became aware of Mr. Hader's unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns. After the game, Mr. Hader took the necessary step of expressing remorse for his highly offensive and hurtful language, which fails to represent the values of our game and our expectations for all of those who are part of it. The Office of the Commissioner will require sensitivity training for Mr. Hader and participation in MLB's diversity and inclusion initiatives."
Jul 18 - 12:20 PM

Josh Hader apologized for sending out racist and homophobic tweets as a teenager in 2011-2012 after Tuesday night's 2018 MLB All-Star Game.

Hader's ugly past on Twitter began popping up as he struggled through a three-run eighth inning in the National League's eventual 8-6 loss to the American League. "When you’re a kid, you tweet what’s on your mind," the Brewers' setup man told reporters late Tuesday. "I was young, immature, and stupid." Hader said he will address the issue with his teammates before play resumes for the second half and is "ready for any consequences" that might come.
Jul 18 - 12:26 AM

Brewers signed RHP Jeffrey Ames to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Ames, a supplemental first-round pick of the Rays back in 2011, had registered a 5.70 ERA and 34/10 K/BB ratio in 23 2/3 innings of relief this season with the Nationals' Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League. The 27-year-old right-hander will now function as minor league bullpen depth for Milwaukee.
Jul 17 - 5:03 PM

Brewers optioned RHP Alec Asher to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Asher was called up last Thursday to provide the Brewers with a little extra relief depth heading into the final weekend before the All-Star break. The 26-year-old right-hander has pitched three scoreless innings of relief this season at the MLB level and should get another look at some point in the second half.
Jul 17 - 4:57 PM

Brewers 3B prospect Lucas Erceg went 4-for-4 with a homer on Monday for Double-A Biloxi.

Erceg also walked. The homer was the 11th on the season for the 46th pick of the 2016 draft, and the four hits bump his average up to .256. It's been a slightly disappointing season for the 23-year-old, but there are still reasons for optimism. He shows plus raw power from the left side, and there isn't much swing-and-miss in his profile, which should help him hit for a decent average. Erceg still has a great chance of being the long-term third baseman for the Brewers.
Jul 17 - 1:21 PM

The MRI taken on Jonathan Villar's right thumb revealed no structural damage on Sunday.

That means that the Brewers' infielder is dealing with a right thumb sprain. While no clear timetable has been given for his potential return, it seems likely that he'll be able to return before the end of the month. Brad Miller will get more starts at second base while Villar is sidelined.
Jul 15 - 6:34 PM

Brett Phillips went 2-for-4 with four RBI in a loss to the Pirates on Sunday in extra innings.

Phillips was just recalled on Sunday, and he certainly made a strong impression in this one. He drove in three with a bases-loaded triple, and he gave the Brewers a lead with an RBI single in the 10th to make it 6-5 Milwaukee. Even with the two hits, Phillips is hitting just .211 on the year, and there's a very good chance that the 24-year-old won't be a big part of the Milwaukee lineup going forward.
Jul 15 - 5:54 PM

Corey Knebel blew a save by allowing two runs over 1 1/3 innings against the Pirates on Sunday.

The Brewers called on their closer to pick up a four-out save, but he struggled to locate his pitches, and he allowed five base-runners along with the two runs. After a dominant 2017 season, Knebel has not been that in 2018; saving 11/14 chances and posting a 3.91 ERA. He's also battled some health issues, and with elite options like Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress behind him, it wouldn't a huge surprise if Knebel saw some of his save opportunities dwindle over the final few months.
Jul 15 - 5:50 PM

Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts in a no decision against the Pirates on Sunday.

Chacin deserved better, but the Brewers bats were kept quiet until Chacin was out of the game to keep him from factoring in the decision. The only hit he allowed was a solo homer by Corey Dickerson; a two-run shot in the third inning. Chacin’s first season with the Brewers has gone reasonably well, as he holds a 3.68 ERA with 88 strikeouts in 115 innings. The Brewers have not announced their rotation plans to start the second half, so Chacin’s next start is unscheduled.
Jul 15 - 5:44 PM

Brewers recalled OF Brett Phillips from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Phillips is 2-for-14 at the plate across multiple stints in the majors this season. He's not a given to still be on the roster for the start of the second half.
Jul 15 - 10:13 AM

Brewers placed 2B Jonathan Villar on the 10-day disabled list with a right thumb injury.

Villar evidently must have suffered the injury during the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Pirates. He'll undergo an MRI Sunday to determine the severity. Villar has seen his playing time dip lately with Brad Miller getting more and more starts at second base.
Jul 15 - 10:12 AM


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