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Weeks will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist later this week in Phoenix. The expected recovery time is six to eight weeks.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Capuano's next start for the Brewers will be moved from Saturday to Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Corey Koskie saw Dr. Michael Collins, who also treated Giants catcher Mike Matheny, for his post-concussion symptoms, after banging his head on July 5. There is no timetable for Koskie's return.
Team physician Dr. William Raasch has recommended surgery for Weeks, who was placed on the DL July 29 (retroactive to July 25) with a sore right wrist that has not responded to rest and treatment. Surgery would end Weeks' season.
Weeks (right wrist) was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 29, retroactive to July 25.
The Brewers placed Capellan on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a right shoulder strain. The move is retroactive to July 25.
The Brewers acquired Graffanino from the Royals on Tuesday in exchange for left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. Graffanino, who can play all four infield positions, will be in Milwaukee for Wednesday's game against the Pirates, according to general manager Doug Melvin. "He's someone who can help us as we're getting through this injury bug right now," Melvin said.
Cirillo was back in the starting lineup Monday, a day after getting the day off.
The Brewers placed third baseman Koskie on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with post-traumatic concussion syndrome.
Sheets was activated from the disabled list after Monday night's game and will start Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Hardy will have season-ending surgery on his ankle as soon as Thursday. The Milwaukee shortstop has been on the disabled list since May 17 after severely spraining his right ankle in a play at home plate. Hardy saw a foot specialist on Monday and it was determined that the injury would only heal with an operation. "We figured this was going to happen the way things were going," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It got to a point when rehab wasn't getting it done."
Graffanino went 1-for-5 on Sunday in the Royals' 9-6 win over the Detroit Tigers to extend his hitting streak to a career high-tying 10 games.
Sheets threw three 15-pitch sessions from the mound before Tuesday's game. "That was the plan today, for him to go out and throw 45 pitches," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He's starting to develop, and it's the first time I've seen it today, a cutter to go along with his curveball, and it looked pretty good." Sheets has been on the 15-day disabled list since May 3 with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Turnbow was selected to his first All-Star team Sunday as one of the four relief pitchers on the National League roster. He is 4-4 with 23 saves and a 4.04 ERA this season.
Davis will miss Thursday's scheduled start against the Chicago Cubs because of a stiff back. The Brewers' left-hander has allowed three earned runs or less in five straight starts, but has only one win in that span. "Since his last start, he locked up," Brewers manager Ned Yost said of Davis. "It's gotten better but not the point where he can make his start."
Simpson was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Tuesday, to make room for fellow right-hander Rick Helling, who was activated off the disabled list. Simpson had gone 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA in two games since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville.
Helling, out since mid-April with a sprained elbow, will make his first start of the season for Milwaukee on Tuesday night against Detroit. He has yet to be activated from the 60-day DL and another pitcher will likely be sent down to the minors. Helling went 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two rehab starts for Triple-A Nashville.
Jenkins is listed as day-to-day after suffering a mild concussion he sustained after a collision in Sunday's 8-4 loss to the Washington Nationals. "I tried to shake it off," the Brewers right fielder said. "I just felt a little dizzy. I had a tough time getting my vision. I feel a little bit better ... we'll just see how it is (Monday)."
Helling was moved to the 60-day disabled list by the Brewers due to a sprained right elbow. The right-hander has not played since April 10 and has only appeared in two games this season, allowing two hits with a strikeout and a walk in three scoreless innings. The move makes room for pitcher Zach Jackson to be added to the roster.
Simpson was recalled from Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers on Friday. He was starting in the minors and had a 1-3 record with a 2.57 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 28 innings for Nashville this season.
Eveland was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Friday after he took the loss in a 10-4 defeat to Washington. The Brewers' left-hander was 0-3 with an 8.51 ERA in five starts and gave up five runs and six hits over four innings in Friday's loss.
Jackson, on of the Brewers' top pitching prospects, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Friday. The 23-year-old left-hander was 2-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 57 innings over 10 starts for Nashville this season.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets had an MRI on Monday that showed his ailing right shoulder is structurally sound. Sheets is expected to rejoin the team Tuesday in Cincinnati, but the team doesn't have a timetable for his return. While he has played catch three times since going on the disabled list, he hasn't thrown from a mound.
Hendrickson failed to retire any of the six batters he faced in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. The Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher was pulled after giving up six runs. He is the first Brewers pitcher since Jamie McAndrew on Aug. 28, 1995 to be taken out of a game before retiring a batter.
The Milwaukee Brewers placed Hardy on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after severely spraining his right ankle on a play at home plate a day earlier. Hardy is expected to miss two to six weeks, and the Brewers recalled outfielder Corey Hart from Triple-A Nashville to take Hardy's place on the 25-man roster.
The Milwaukee Brewers placed Sheets on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after missing his Sunday start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers' ace is suffering from right shoulder tendinitis. He was expected to delay his next start until Thursday, then Saturday, but the Brewers decided to place him on the DL after a throwing session was cut short on Tuesday.
With Tomo Ohka (rotator cuff) and Ben Sheets (shoulder tendinitis) on the disabled list, the Milwaukee Brewers recalled Eveland Wednesday from Triple-A Nashville. The promising 22-year-old left-hander was 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in six starts for Nashville.
Sheets missed his scheduled start against the Dodgers Sunday with stiffness in the front of his shoulder. Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said this ailment is not related to the muscle tear in the shoulder that ended his 2005 season in late August, but the Brewers will be cautious with their ace. He started the year on the DL to complete rehab for last season's injury.
The Milwaukee Brewers placed Ohka on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a partial tear in his right rotator cuff. After feeling tightness in his throwing shoulder, Ohka left his Monday night start against Houston after five innings.
Mench homered again Tuesday in the Rangers' 7-5 win over Tampa Bay. The consecutive games streak of hitting home runs may be over, but since April 9, the Texas outfielder is hitting .359 (23-for-64) with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 16 games.
Capuano worked the first shutout and complete game of his career Sunday, limiting the Chicago Cubs to five hits and striking out six in a 9-0 Milwaukee win. The 27-year-old left-hander has allowed just three runs in his last three starts, and he improved to 4-2 with a 2.36 ERA that ranks ninth among National League hurlers.
Mench extended his Rangers' record by homering in his seventh straight game on Friday, one short of the major league record. Texas lost the game 7-6 to the Cleveland Indiana. Mench was 0-for-3 before hitting a solo shot in the eighth inning.
Cordero blew his third straight save opportunity Wednesday, allowing a leadoff home run in the ninth inning to Oakland's Dan Johnson while protecting a one-run lead. The Texas closer couldn't nail down a save for a second straight night against Oakland and also blew a save opportunity against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Mench set a Texas Rangers record by homering in his sixth straight game on Wednesday afternoon. The Rangers' outfielder hit a grand slam in the fourth inning against Oakland's Kiko Calero to give Texas a 4-1 lead. Mench also has a single in the game, and he now has an 11-game hitting streak.
Mench went 3-for-4 with his fourth homer of the season in the Rangers' 3-2 loss to the Oakland A's on Monday.
Miller went 4-for-4 with three doubles, a homer and five RBIs in the Brewers' 11-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday. Milwaukee became the first team in 40 years to hit five home runs in one inning when it accomplished the feat in the fourth.
Gross hit a pinch-hit two-run homer off Houston's Roy Oswalt Tuesday, in the seventh inning of Milwaukee's 13-12 loss to the Astros. As a pinch-hitter this season, Gross is 5-for-10 with three home runs and nine RBIs.
Helling was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a sprained right elbow, making room on the roster for right-hander Ben Sheets. Sheets went on to struggle in his first start this season, allowing four earned runs and six hits in five innings of a 9-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday.
After being activated from the 15-day disabled list, Sheets allowed four earned runs and six hits in five innings in his first start of the season, a 9-3 Brewers loss to the New York Mets on Sunday. Sheets, 27, had been on the DL since March 30 with a right shoulder strain.
Sheets worked 2 2-3 innings in his rehabilitation start for Double-A Huntsville Thursday night. The Milwaukee right-hander showed good velocity, reaching the mid-90s on the radar gun and striking out five. Sheets had a 50-pitch limit and threw 37 of 49 pitches for strikes. Rehabbing a strained muscle in his upper back, he allowed two runs -- one earned -- and four hits against the Mississippi Braves.
Sheets, who strained a muscle in his upper back in a spring training game March 9, will make a rehab start Thursday for Double-A Huntsville. The Brewers' ace is expected to throw 50 pitches. He went on the disabled list March 30, retroactive to March 24. He is eligible to come off the DL on April 8.
Turnbow and the Brewers agreed to a $6.5 million, three-year contract on Sunday. The contract replaces the $488,000, one-year deal the 28-year-old right-hander signed in February. Turnbow tied Milwaukee's single-season save record with 39 last year, his first as the full-time closer. He also went 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA and struck out a career-high 64 batters.
Sheets, the ace of the Milwaukee staff, will begin the new season on the 15-day disabled list. The Brewers made the move Thursday, retroactive to March 24, so the right-hander will be eligible to return on April 8.
Sheets said he felt "great" after throwing roughly 60 pitches in a simulated game Tuesday. The Brewers' staff ace is rehabbing an upper back muscle he strained March 9, a different back muscle than the one he tore late in 2005. The 27-year-old right-hander missed the last month of last season with the injury.
Fielder will rejoin the Brewers on Thursday. He is leaving camp to be with his wife, who is about to give birth.
Bell has been bothered by back spasms this spring, and the Phillies' third baseman is now sidelined indefinitely. He may be out for the start of the new season. Bell, who hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game, was planning to play in a minor league game Saturday but was unable to go.
Helling has been slowed by shoulder and elbow discomfort this spring, but he threw on the side Thursday. The Brewers' starter is expected to pitch Saturday against the San Diego Padres or in a minor league game.
A day after Cordero agreed to join the Dominican Republic team for the final two games of the World Baseball Classic, it has been decided that the Rangers' closer will not play in the WBC. Cordero has been nursing a sore right shoulder, and the insurance company covering injuries decided against allowing him to play in light of his shoulder woes.
Sheets threw a bullpen session Thursday, a little less than a week after straining a back muscle. The Brewers' ace made it through the throwing session without any problems, and he'll take a couple days off before throwing again. If Sheets continues the rehab process without a setback, he still could pitch on opening day for Milwaukee.
Weeks has been bothered by an oblique strain, but the Brewers' second baseman played catch and fielded groundballs on Thursday. He was not permitted to swing a bat, and he won't be ready for game action until sometime after Milwaukee's day off on Monday.
Hardy has been sidelined since Sunday with back spasms, but he did some jogging and played catch without any problems on Thursday. The Brewers' shortstop is not expected back on the field until sometime after Milwaukee's day off on Monday.
Sheets' status for Opening Day became questionable when he was diagnosed Saturday with a straight muscle alongside the muscle he tore last August. Sheets now has a strained teres major muscle in the back of his shoulder. The Brewers will learn of Sheets' status in about a week.
Sheets left Milwaukee's exhibition game against Oakland Thursday with irritation in a muscle in his right side. The irritation is in the same area that led to a season-ending injury in late August last season. The right-hander will see the team doctor Saturday after leaving Thursday's game in the first inning. He allowed six of the seven batters he faced to reach before pitching coach Mike Maddux came out and Sheets left.
Capuano agreed Friday to a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers that is worth $450,000 if he is on the 40-man roster and $272,000 if he is in the minors. The 27-year-old left-hander went 18-12 with a 3.99 ERA last season, posting career highs in wins, ERA, games started (35), and strikeouts (176).
Avoiding arbitration, Ohka agreed to a one-year, $4.54 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday. The right-hander was 11-9 with a 4.04 ERA last season. He has the opportunity to earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 185 and 195 innings and $50,000 for 200 innings.
Avoiding arbitration, Clark and the Milwaukee Brewers agreed Wednesday to a two-year contract worth $7 million. The outfielder will make $3.2 million this year and $3.8 million in 2007.
Avoiding an arbitration hearing, Mench agreed to a $2.8 million contract Friday with the Texas Rangers. The 27-year-old outfielder, who made $345,000 for the second year straight last season, can also earn an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses in 2006.
Avoiding salary arbitration, Wise re-signed with the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, agreeing to a two-year, $1.7 million contract, including a $100,000 signing bonus. The 30-year-old right-hander made 49 relief appearances last season, going 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA and one save. He struck out 62 batters and walked 25 in 64.1 innings of work.
The Brewers failed to offer Kolb a contract by Tuesday's deadline, making the former Milwaukee and Atlanta closer a free agent. Kolb had 60 saves for the Brewers in 2003 and 2004, but struggled after being traded to Atlanta last season. He was 3-8 with a 5.93 ERA and 11 saves in 65 appearances for the Braves and lost his closer's job early in the season.
Graffanino accepted salary arbitration from the Boston Red Sox before Monday night's deadline, meaning the infielder will return to Boston next season.
Kolb was traded back to Milwaukee from Atlanta on Thursday, ending a disappointing one-year run for the reliever with the Braves. Kolb was an all-star closer for the Brewers in 2004, but struggled mightily in 2005 with Atlanta, going 3-8 with a 5.93 ERA. He converted only 11-of-18 save opportunities.
For a second straight season, Moeller agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He will remain the backup catcher to Damian Miller. In 2005, Moeller batted .206 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in 66 games.
Cirillo has decided to return to Milwaukee, agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Brewers on Monday. The 36-year-old Cirillo batted .281 with 15 doubles and 23 RBIs in 77 games last season. He missed two months with a broken finger.
Helling agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract to return to the Brewers for 2006. He went 3-1 with a 2.39 ERA in 15 appearances for Milwaukee this year.
Graffanino departed Boston's 8-7 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday during the third inning. The Red Sox' second baseman left after straining his left groin.
After leaving Milwaukee's Thursday game with a case of turf toe on his right foot, Hardy didn't play this weekend. The Brewers' shortstop may not play much over the final two weeks, as the club would like to see the toe heal before the season ends.
Hall produced a career-high five hits against Arizona on Thursday, posting a double, triple and three runs scored in a 14-2 Milwaukee romp over the Diamondbacks. With five hits in six trips to the plate, Hall now has a six-game hitting streak in which he is 13-for-25 (.520) with five doubles and seven runs scored.
Hardy left Thursday's game against Florida in the fifth inning with a case of turf toe on his right foot. Milwaukee's rookie shortstop is listed as day-to-day.
Hardy went 4-for-6, including two doubles and his first career grand slam, and drove in six runs in the Brewers' 14-5 rout of the Cincinnati Reds.
Weeks has been playing with an undisclosed ailment, believed to be a torn ligament in his thumb. Reportedly Milwaukee's second-base prospect is expected to play through the injury before facing the possibility of offseason surgery.
Out since mid-June with a broken hand, Cirillo was activated from the disabled list by the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. In 60 games this season, mostly as a backup infielder, Cirillo is batting .280 with a .376 on-base percentage.
The Milwaukee Brewers activated Wise from the disabled list Thursday, two weeks after he was sidelined with an oblique strain. He returns with a 4-4 mark and 3.47 ERA in 41 games.
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Gross from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday. The outfield prospect hit .297 and posted a .380 on-base percentage in 102 games for Syracuse.
Doug Brocail picked up the save for Texas in the Rangers' 7-5 win over the New York Yankees Monday night, as Cordero was unavailable because of a mild biceps strain. The 30-year-old righthander is 2-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 28 saves this season.
Just nine days after making his first major league appearance since 1999, Justin Thompson has been optioned to the minors by the Rangers. Thompson allowed a home run in each of his two short outings over the last nine days, including the third grand slam of Ichiro Suzuki's career.
With two outs in the top of the eighth inning Friday night, and Ben Sheets rolling along with a 3-0 lead over the Braves, the pitcher suffered a strained muscle on the right side of his back, and was forced to leave his potential shutout. Sheets, who has allowed more than three runs just once over his last 12 starts, will be reevaluated on Saturday, and is listed as day-to-day.
Clark was activated from the disabled list for tonight's game against the Atlanta Braves.
Helling will step into the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation, replacing the struggling Victor Santos. The veteran righthander, who is 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in eight appearances since being recalled from the minor leagues, is scheduled to make his first major league start in nearly two years when he takes the mound against the Atlanta Braves on Saturday.
Clark resumed taking batting practice with the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, as he nears a return to the starting lineup. The outfielder, who has been sidelined since August 10 with bruised ribs, should be ready to come off the 15-day disabled list later this week, when eligible.
Mench enjoyed his third consecutive multi-hit game Tuesday, going 3-for-4, including his 21st home run, in the Rangers' 6-4 win over the Seattle Mariners. The win halted a four-game losing skein for the Rangers, who have won just two of their last 14 games.
Coming off the worst start of his major league career, Sheets got back on track in Saturday's victory over the Houston Astros, going the distance to record his third complete game of the season. The Brewers' righthander, who gave up 10 runs in his last outing, allowed just two runs on eight hits, struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
According to Brewers manager Ned Yost, Clark is still a week away from returning to the lineup, so the team has decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 11. The outfielder suffered bruised ribs when he collided with Cardinals second baseman Hector Luna while trying to break up a double play in the third inning of last Wednesday's meeting with St. Louis and has been sidelined since. Prince Fielder was recalled to fill the void on the roster.
Pitching in one of the league's most hitter-friendly parks, Capuano silenced the Colorado Rockies' bats, scattering six hits over seven shutout innings in Wednesday's 2-0 victory. The Brewers' lefthander matched a season high with eight strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Fielder has been recalled from Triple-A Nashville by the Milwaukee Brewers, filling the roster spot of injured outfielder Brady Clark. The rookie first baseman, who made his major league debut earlier this season, is 9-for-28 with a home run, six RBI and seven strikeouts in 13 career games with the Brewers.
Thompson will be returning to the major leagues for the first time since 1999. The Texas Rangers have recalled the 32-year-old lefthander, who has had a promising career as a starting pitcher sidetracked by shoulder and elbow problems.
According to Brewers manager Ned Yost, Clark's bruised right rib cage has shown significant improvement over the last couple of days, and he should be back in the lineup shortly. The outfielder has been sidelined since colliding with Cardinals second baseman Hector Luna while trying to break up a double play in the third inning of last Wednesday's meeting with St. Louis.
After holding opposing teams to three or fewer runs in each of his previous nine outings, Sheets proved he is human in Monday's loss to the Colorado Rockies. In the worst start of his major league career, the Brewers' righthander allowed 10 runs on a career-high 13 hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.
The Minnesota Twins put infielder Juan Castro on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with knee tendinitis, and the team recalled Abernathy to take his roster spot. The 27-year-old infielder was batting .326 with a .388 OBP in 57 games for Triple-A Rochester. In two earlier stints with the Twins this season, Abernathy is 5-for-19 (.263) with a home run in eight games.
With Matt Wise and Julio Santana heading for the 15-day disabled list, the Brewers purchased the contract of Kane Davis from Triple-A Nashville, where he posted a 4-2, 2.44 record with one save, striking out 81 in 62.2 innings over 45 appearances.
Wise was placed on the Brewers' 15-day disabled list. In 41 appearances this year, he posted a 4-4, 3.47 record, with one save.
Capellan was recalled from Triple-A Nashville, where he had posted a 5-3, 3.87 record in 36 appearances, including 12 starts. He struck out 76 and walked 42 in 90.2 innings, and allowed only four home runs among 88 hits.
Clark was able to jog off the field under his own power after colliding with Cardinals second baseman Hector Luna while trying to break up a double play in the third inning of Wednesday's meeting with St. Louis. However, the outfielder did not return to the field for the next inning, due to a bruised right rib cage. The injury is not considered serious, and the team has listed Clark as day-to-day.
Sheets notched his second complete game of the 2005 campaign, going the distance in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Although he was unable to record the win, the Brewers' righthander tossed a solid game, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
After lasting just 3.2 innings in his previous start, Ohka was on top of his game in Sunday's 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brewers' righthander scattered four hits over eight shutout innings, striking out season-high nine batters and walking none.
Jenkins was perfect at the plate in Thursday's victory over the New York Mets, notching five hits and recording a walk. The Brewers' outfielder, who also scored twice and drove in a run, has been solid over the past week, going 12-for-22 with four doubles, a triple, two home runs and seven RBI.
The Milwaukee Brewers have purchased Helling's contract from Triple-A Nashville, filling the roster spot of righthander Ricky Bottalico, who was designated for assignment on Wednesday. The 34-year-old Helling made 21 starts with the minor league club this season, going 9-3 with a 4.13 ERA.
The Blue Jays activated Koskie from the disabled list, sending pitcher Chad Gaudin to Triple-A Syracuse to clear a space on the active roster. In his seven-game rehab stint at Syracuse, Koskie hit .240, with two doubles and two RBI.
The Blue Jays expect to activate Koskie from the disabled list in time for him to re-join the parent club on Tuesday. The Toronto third baseman has been out of the lineup since May 19 with a broken thumb and torn ligaments in his right hand. He has spent the past week at a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse. Koskie, a free-agent signing from Minnesota this past offseason, injured the hand while sliding into second base against the Twins.
Nix announced Saturday that he will have surgery on his right shoulder, a procedure that will end his 2005 campaign. The Texas center fielder has been bothered by the shoulder since crashing into an outfield wall during the 2004 season. In his third year in the majors, Nix was batting .240 with six homers and 32 RBI in 63 games. He has been out of the Rangers' lineup since July 14.
Jenkins extended his current hitting streak to a career-best 14 games, going 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Thursday's victory over the St. Louis Cardinals. Over that span, the Brewers' outfielder has batted .451 (23-for-51) with five doubles, four home runs and 12 RBI.
After missing more than a week with back spasms, Bell returned to the Philadelphia Phillies' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. For the season, he is batting .254 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 84 games.
With Mark Bellhorn going on the disabled list for a sprained thumb, the Boston Red Sox quickly acted and traded for Graffanino. To get the veteran infielder, Boston dealt Triple-A outfielder Chip Ambres and Class-A southpaw Juan Cedeno to the Kansas City Royals.
Filling the roster spot of the struggling and demoted Wes Obermueller, the Milwaukee Brewers have recalled Lehr from Triple-A Nashville. The righthander, who will pitch in relief, made 27 appearances with the Oakland A's last season, going 1-1 with a 5.23 ERA.
Jenkins has hit safely in 14 of his last 15 games, including 11 straight. Since seeing his season batting average dip to .237 after an 0-for-3, three-strikeout performance against the Chicago Cubs on June 29, the Brewers' outfielder has gone 23-for-53 (.434) with eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI.
Romano has become a free agent after refusing an outright assignment to the minor leagues by the Cincinnati Reds. The 26-year-old outfielder was 8-for-30 (.267) with two doubles and a homer in 19 games for the Reds this season. Earlier this year, Romano was batting .309 with 17 doubles, 33 runs scored and 31 RBI in 55 games with Triple-A Louisville.
An MRI exam of Nix' jammed left shoulder revealed no structural damage to the joint. That was good news for the Rangers' center fielder, who is batting .240 with a .267 on-base percentage in 63 games this season.
Bell had hoped to return to the Phillies' lineup over the weekend, but as a precautionary measure, he was held out to rest his ailing back. The veteran third baseman has been battling spasms in the back and has not played since July 10. He continues to be listed as day-to-day.
Magruder got a rare start in left field for the Brewers on Sunday, filling in for the slumping Carlos Lee. However, he was forced to leave the contest after taking a pitch off his right arm in the first inning. After evaluation, the outfielder was diagnosed with a bruised elbow, and he's been listed as day-to-day.
After mising the last two games with back spasms, Bell expects to be back in the lineup Saturday when the Philadelphia Phillies take on the Florida Marlins. Tomas Perez has been filling in for Bell at third base.
Nix was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a jammed left shoulder following Saturday's victory over the Oakland A's. Nix, who didn't play Saturday, is batting .240 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI for the Rangers this season. To take his spot on the roster, the Rangers have recalled Jason Botts from Tiple-A Oklahoma City.
Nix was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a jammed left shoulder following Saturday's victory over the Oakland A's. Nix, who didn't play Saturday, is batting .240 with six home runs and 32 RBI for the Rangers this season. To take Nix' spot on the roster, the Rangers have recalled Jason Botts from Tiple-A Oklahoma City.
Koskie, who broke his right thumb and suffered ligament damage in mid-May, is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment over the weekend. The 32-year-old third baseman is expected to rejoin the Toronto Blue Jays in a week or so. When he went down, he was batting .248 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 38 games.
The Cincinnati Reds outrighted Romano to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday. The 26-year-old utilityman was 8-for-30 (.267) with two doubles and a homer in 19 games for the Reds this season. He returns to Louisville, where he was batting .309 with 17 doubles, 33 runs scored and 31 RBI in 55 games.
Dallimore has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno by the San Francisco Giants, filling the roster spot of pitcher Kevin Correia, who was sent down to the minor leagues to get some work in during the upcoming All-Star break. The infielder has appeared in just six games with the Giants this season, going 1-for-6 with a run scored.
After sitting out the previous day to rest his bruised shin, Jenkins was back in the Milwaukee Brewers' lineup for Tuesday's meeting with the Florida Marlins. The outfielder was solid in his return, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored.
Hitting off a tee, Koskie swung a bat for the first time since he went on the disabled list with a broken right thumb and ligament damage on May 19. The Toronto third baseman hopes to be back before the end of July, and how he feels on Wednesday after Tuesday's swings may impact his anticipated return. Koskie was batting .248 with seven home runs and 16 RBI in 38 games when he was injured.
Jenkins was in the Brewers' original starting lineup for Monday's meeting with the Florida Marlins, but manager Ned Yost decided to give the outfielder the day off to rest his bruised shin. The injury is considered minor, and Jenkins is expected to return to action within the next day or two. Chris Magruder got the nod in Jenkins' stead.
Sheets turned in his first double-digit strikeout performance of the 2005 campaign, fanning 10 batters in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins. The Brewers' righthander allowed two runs on four hits and one walk in eight innings of work to notch his fourth win of the season.
The Red Sox recalled Gonzalez from Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday. The 30-year-old righthander will work out of the Boston bullpen. He was in the majors in May, going 1-1 with a 6.65 ERA in five games (three starts) for the Red Sox.
With Nick Punto coming off the disabled list Sunday, the Minnesota Twins returned Abernathy to Triple-A Rochester. The 27-year-old Abernathy was 5-for-19 (.263) with a homer in eight games in his tenure with the Twins.
With the Milwaukee Brewers activating third baseman Russell Branyan from the disabled list before Monday's game against Florida, Hall probably will get most of his starts at shortstop down the stretch. The 25-year-old Hall would displace struggling rookie J.J. Hardy at short.
Hardy may play considerably less after the Milwaukee Brewers activated third baseman Russell Branyan from the disabled list on Monday. The rookie shortstop has struggled this season, batting .188 in 170 at-bats. Bill Hall, who is enjoying a breakout year for the Brewers, is likely to move from third to short with Branyan back.
Fielder's first major league stint ended after three weeks, as the Milwaukee Brewers optioned the promising first-base prospect to Triple-A Nashville Monday to make room for Russell Branyan's return from the disabled list. In 28 at-bats with the Brewers, Fielder hit .321 (9-for-28) with three doubles, a homer and six RBI.
Before Minnesota hosted Tampa Bay on Friday night, the Twins activated Abernathy from the disabled list. The 27-year-old infielder, returning from a shoulder injury, will help a Twins infield decimated by injuries. Abernathy is 5-for-18 (.278) with a homer and two RBI in seven games since he was recalled from the minors on June 1.
En route to an 18-5 Texas win over the Angels, Mench hit home runs in three consecutive innings for the Rangers. The left fielder stroked a solo shot off Angels reliever Joel Peralta in the fifth inning, then hit a pair of two-run bombs off Jake Woods in the sixth and seventh frames.
Perhaps in what is a sign of things to come, both Weeks and fellow rookie Prince Fielder generated their first major league home runs to lead Milwaukee to a 7-6 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. Batting second for the Brewers, Weeks hit a solo shot in the first inning after the Twins took a 3-0 lead in their half of the frame.
Perhaps in what is a sign of things to come, both Fielder and fellow rookie Rickie Weeks generated their first major league home runs to lead Milwaukee to a 7-6 victory over Minnesota on Saturday. The 21-year-old son of former major league star Cecil Fielder hit a two-run homer off Twins reliever Jesse Crain in the seventh inning to give the Brewers a 7-5 edge.
Just 10 days after getting a chance to play full time, Cirillo went down with a broken hand in Milwaukee's game on Friday night against Minnesota. The third baseman will miss 4-6 weeks with the injury and will be replaced by Bill Hall or Wes Helms.
On Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds put Ryan Freel on the 15-day disabled list and replaced him with Romano. The promotion from Triple-A Louisville was a birthday present for Romano, who turned 26 on Friday. He was 4-for-13 (.308) with one RBI in an eight-game stint with the Reds earlier this season. With Louisville, Romano was a .309 hitter in 55 games, with 17 doubles, 33 runs scored and 31 RBI.
Hall may get most of the Brewers' starts at third base for the foreseeable future, after Jeff Cirillo broke his left hand on Friday night. Cirillo will miss 4-6 weeks, so Hall and Wes Helms will take over at third. Hall is having a breakout season, batting .306 with 18 doubles, 11 home runs, 35 runs scored and 31 RBI in 64 games.
With a pair of solo shots off starter Jerome Williams, Hall notched the first multihomer game of his major league career in Tuesday's loss to the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers' infielder already has belted a career-high 10 home runs this season.
Despite being less than full strength, Miller returned to the Brewers' starting lineup for Monday's meeting with the Chicago Cubs, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout. The veteran catcher had missed the team's previous two contests with a sore back.
Abernathy gained an opportunity to get some playing time when both Minnesota second basemen, Nick Punto and Luis Rivas, landed on the disabled list in recent weeks. Now Abernathy heads to the DL himself with a sore throwing shoulder that he jammed crashing into a wall while chasing after a flyball last Friday. He went 5-for-18 (.278) with a homer in seven games since he was recalled on June 1.
Vernon Wells will leave his Toronto teammates this weekend for the birth of his second child. On Wednesday, the Blue Jays recalled Gross to help out in the outfield, and righthander Chad Gaudin was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Gross.
Koskie's broken right thumb, which required surgery in late May, may keep the Toronto third baseman out until the end of July. That's the word from Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi. The Jays may know more about Koskie's anticipated return when he gets the cast off his right hand in a week.
Cirillo was handed a prime opportunity to play when Russell Branyan fractured a finger at the start of June, but the veteran third baseman has been slowed by a sprained left wrist. Cirillo has managed to play just once since June 7, and Bill Hall has picked up most of the recent starts at third base.
On Monday, the Milwaukee Brewers recalled power prospect Prince Fielder to assume most of the DH at-bats in American League parks this week and designated Mosquera for assignment to make room for Fielder. The 33-year-old catcher managed to get one at-bat in a little less than a week with the Brewers, and he didn't register a hit in his first big league plate appearance since 1997 with Toronto.
Miller ran the bases on Monday, and the Brewers' catcher is back in the Milwaukee lineup for Tuesday night's contest at Tampa Bay. Miller has been bothered by a groin strain over the last week, and Chad Moeller has done most of the recent catching for Milwaukee.
Just two days after the Rickie Weeks era began in Milwaukee, the Brewers recalled Fielder Monday to get most of the DH at-bats while they face American League teams on the road. The 21-year-old power prospect jumped right into the Milwaukee lineup in Tampa Bay Monday night, and he went 0-for-4 in his major league debut.
Designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds last week, Romano cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Louisville. The utility player is a .295 hitter at Louisville, with three homers and 27 RBI in 46 games.
Krynzel's stay with Milwaukee lasted a week, as the Brewers optioned the outfield prospect back to Triple-A Nashville over the weekend. The 23-year-old Krynzel went 0-for-7 with three strikeouts during his stay. He has posted decent hitting percentages of .266/.350/.453 for Nashville, with 14 doubles, six homers, 34 RBI and 37 runs scored in 51 games.
Miller will not return to the lineup this weekend after experiencing discomfort in his strained groin on Friday. The Brewers' catcher had done some agility drills on Thursday, but woke up the next morning with more cramping in the injured area.
With the trade of Junior Spivey to the Nationals, the Brewers have opened up their starting second-base job and recalled their No. 1 draft pick from the 2003 draft, infielder Rickie Weeks. The team's second baseman of the future should jump right into the starting role. For Triple-A Nashville, Weeks was hitting .320 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 55 games.
With the trade of Junior Spivey to the Nationals, the Brewers have opened up their starting second-base job and recalled their No. 1 pick from the 2003 draft, infielder Rickie Weeks. The team's second baseman of the future should jump right into the starting role. For Triple-A Nashville, Weeks was hitting .320 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI in 55 games.
With Washington leading the National League East and second baseman Jose Vidro on the shelf until after the All-Star break, the Nationals traded Ohka to the Milwaukee Brewers for second baseman Junior Spivey on Friday. Ohka is moved soon after turning his back on manager Frank Robinson, when the skipper came out to pull the righthander in the fourth inning of his last start. Ohka departs with a 4-3 record and 3.33 ERA in nine starts and a relief appearance.
Sheets notched his first win since the Brewers' 2005 regular-season opener, tossing seven solid innings in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. The righthander, who missed more than a month with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, struggled with his control at times, walking five batters. However, he allowed just two hits, struck out five and failed to surrender a run.
The Milwaukee Brewers have purchased Mosquera's contract from Triple-A Nashville. The catcher will serve as an emergency backup to Chad Moeller, who will fill in for regular starter Damian Miller while he recovers from a strained groin. Mosquera has not played in the major leagues since 1997.
The strained groin Miller suffered while running the bases in Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers is expected to keep him sidelined for the next 3-5 days. In his absence, Chad Moeller will step into the Brewers' lineup and see the majority of the time behind the plate. Julio Mosquera was called up from Triple-A Nashville to serve as an emergency backup.
Glover has been designated for assignment by the Milwaukee Brewers, opening a spot on the roster for catcher Julio Mosquera, who will serve as a backup to Chad Moeller while regular starter Damian Miller recovers from a strained groin. The righthanded Glover has posted a 3-4 record and 6.70 ERA in 12 appearances this season, including nine starts.
Romano has been designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds, making room on the roster for Wily Mo Pena, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. In eight games with the Reds this season, Romano is 4-for-13 with two doubles and an RBI. The Reds will have 10 days to trade the outfielder, release him or send him outright to the minor leagues.
Miller was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after straining his groin while running the bases. The veteran catcher, who was replaced in the Brewers' lineup by Chad Moeller, will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Miller was 1-for-3 with a strikeout prior to his departure.
Dallimore was optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Saturday. Recalled from the minors when Marquis Grissom went on the disabled list on May 20, Dallimore appeared in six games with the Giants, hitting .167 (1-for-6).
With Russell Branyan slated to miss the next 2-4 weeks with a broken finger on his left hand, the Milwaukee Brewers plan to give Cirillo the majority of the starts at third base over that span. The veteran is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBI and four stolen bases in 46 games this season.
Abernathy seemed destined for backup duty when he was recalled on Wednesday, but with Nick Punto joining Luis Rivas on the disabled list, Abernathy and rookie Luis Rodriguez are in line to share starts at second base.
Sheets dropped his fifth consecutive start on Thursday, allowing five runs on six hits -- including three home runs -- over five innings of work in a 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers' ace, who missed more than a month with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, has posted a 1-5 record and 4.34 ERA in six outings this season. He has 39 strikeouts and just seven walks in 37.1 innings.
Filling the roster spot of third baseman Russell Branyan, who will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a broken finger, the Milwaukee Brewers have recalled Krynzel from Triple-A Nashville. The outfielder was batting .273 with six homers, 33 RBI and five stolen bases with the minor league club this season.
With Luis Rivas going on the disabled list with an oblique strain on Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins recalled Abernathy to take his place on the 25-man roster. Rivas had been serving in a backup role, and that probably will be Abernathy's fate, despite hitting percentages of .328/.394/.520 at Triple-A Rochester.
With Frank Catalanotto returing from bereavement leave, the Toronto Blue Jays have optioned Gross back to Triple-A Syracuse to open a spot on the roster. Gross has struggled in his limited duty with the major league club this season, going hitless with three strikeouts in 11 at-bats.
Sheets returned to action Saturday, taking the mound against the Houston Astros, who proved to be less than accommodating guests at Miller Park. With the help of a Junior Spivey error, the Astros scored four times in the first, pinning the loss on Sheets.
As anticipated, Koskie had surgery on his broken right thumb Wednesday. The Toronto third baseman, who is batting .248 with seven home runs and 16 RBI, is expected to be out at least another month.
After a brief stint in the bullpen, Ohka is back in the Washington Nationals' starting rotation. The righthander got off to an inconsistent beginning to the 2005 campaign, prompting the club to demote him to a relief role. However, he has looked better of late, winning his last two decisions.
The Cincinnati Reds have purchased Romano's contract from Triple-A Louisville, filling the roster spot of injured starting pitcher Paul Wilson. The 25-year-old outfielder, who was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last year, was batting .295 with two home runs, 24 RBI and four stolen bases in 32 games with the minor league club this season.
Barring any setbacks, Sheets continues to be on pace to take the mound against the Houston Astros this weekend. The Brewers' righthander, who has been sidelined for more than a month with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, reported no major problems after throwing 75 pitches in an extended spring training game on Monday. He allowed four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and two walks, striking out five in four-plus innings.
Hall now has played five straight games as the starter at shortstop for Milwaukee, and he's hit safely in all five games. That's a modest hitting streak, but the 25-year-old Hall is batting .368 (7-for-19) with a double, triple and four RBI over that stretch.
The Toronto Blue Jays recalled Gross from Triple-A Syracuse on Tuesday, after placing Frank Catalanotto on the bereavement list. Gross was batting .236 with 11 doubles, a homer and 12 RBI in 37 games for Syracuse. He also started the year with the Jays, going 0-for-6 in four games before he was optioned to Syracuse on April 10.
For the last three games, Hall has started at shortstop for Milwaukee over highly regarded rookie J.J. Hardy. Whill Hardy has continued his season-long slump, Hall has earned a larger role. In 18 games since April 29, Hall is 20-for-61 (.328) with four doubles, two triples, two homers and 10 runs scored. He is 4-for-10 (.400) with a triple in those three starts at short in recent days.
Hardy seems to have lost the starting shortstop job to Bill Hall, as the 22-year-old rookie has continued to slump and has been on the bench for the last three games. He's mired in an 0-for-13 skid and he's batting just .156 in 96 at-bats this season.
Koskie will undergo surgery on his broken right thumb next week and is expected to miss at least a month. Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi said that if everything goes well, the Jays' third baseman probably would miss a total of six weeks.
With Marquis Grissom going on the 15-day disabled list on Friday, the San Francisco Giants recalled Dallimore from Triple-A Fresno to take the roster spot. To make room on their 40-man roster for the 31-year-old Dallimore, the Giants moved Barry Bonds to the 60-day DL. Dallimore, an infielder, was hitting .255 with four homers and 13 RBI in 38 games with Fresno this season.
Koskie fractured his right thumb in Toronto's Thursday afternoon loss at Minnesota. The Jays' third baseman was injured at second base, where he collided with Twins second sacker Luis Rivas while attempting to tag up on a flyball. X-rays at a Twin Cities hospital located the fracture.
Despite turning in the longest outing of his major league career, Capuano was unable to notch a win in Wednesday's disappointing 1-0 loss to the Washington Nationals. The Brewers' lefthander went 8.1 strong innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
To work out some of his recent problems, Kolb will be moved out of the closer role and will pitch in middle relief for the Braves, according to manager Bobby Cox. The righthander, who has blown two of his last three save opportunities, is 1-4 with a 6.48 ERA and 10 saves in 19 relief appearances this season.
If Clark continues to produce at the plate, it will make it much easier for the Brewers to forget about Scott Podsednik, who they traded to the Chicago White Sox in the offseason. The team's new everyday center fielder went 4-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Washington Nationals, boosting his season batting average to .350.
Although Clark won't swipe as many bases as Podsednik, he should make up for it in the other categories. In 38 games this season, he has nine doubles, five home runs, 19 RBI and three stolen bases. He's also tied with Colorado's Clint Barmes for the National League lead in runs scored (32).
If Sheets continues to improve over the next several days, he could be activated from the disabled list in time to take the mound against the Houston Astros next weekend. The Brewers' righthander, who has missed nearly a month with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, had been penciled in to start during a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins May 20-22, but was scratched after reporting problems during fielding drills last Friday.
The Royals have been light on healthy first basemen of late, with Mike Sweeney out with an oblique strain and Ken Harvey bothered by a bad back. On Saturday and Sunday, Graffanino started at first base for Kansas City.
The new position didn't seem to be a distraction to Graffanino, who went 4-for-8 with a double over the weekend. He's batting .250 for the season in 25 games.
Sheets reported feeling dizzy while doing some fielding drills over the weekend, a possible setback in his return to the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation. The righthander, who has missed nearly a month with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, had been penciled in to start during a three-game series with the Minnesota Twins May 20-22, but he likely won't be back for at least another week after that.
The Brewers plan to bring Sheets along slowly and will not activate him until he is fully recovered. Wes Obermueller will remain in the starting rotation until that time. For the year, Sheets is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 25 batters and walking just four in 27.1 innings.
Miller missed his second straight game on Friday due to a strained biceps in his throwing arm. The catcher doesn't consider the injury as being serious and hopes to be able to play on Saturday.
Although Sheets threw a bullpen session on Friday, a timetable for his return from the disabled list remains uncertain. Sidelined with an inner ear infection, Sheets can throw without a problem but is still getting dizzy when he turns his head rapidly to the left. The Brewers will not send him out on a rehabilitation assignment until the pitcher is symptom-free, making his scheduled return on May 22 doubtful.
Sheets has been able to expand his workouts recently, as he continues to recover from an inflamed nerve in his inner ear. The Brewers' ace reported some minor dizziness, but no major problems after throwing about 65 pitches in batting practice and doing some fielding drills on Wednesday. If he remains on schedule, Sheets will have a bullpen session on Friday, then toss a simulated game early next week.
According to Milwaukee manager Ned Yost, the team is hopeful that Sheets will be able to take the mound during a series against the Minnesota Twins May 20-22. Wes Obermueller will remain in the starting rotation until that time. For the year, Sheets is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 25 batters and walking just four in 27.1 innings.
Ohka was scheduled to take the mound against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday, but instead, he has been moved to the bullpen, opening a spot in the Nationals' starting rotation for Claudio Vargas, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Ohka has been inconsistent in six starts this season, going 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA. He has walked 19 batters in 30 innings of work.
Ohka will be used in long relief for the time being. He will be the first option if any of the Nationals' current starters go down with injury or struggle.
On Sunday, Graffanino had the wind knocked out of him and landed awkwardly on his hand in a collision with Baltimore's Chris Gomez at first base. Graffanino remained in the game, a 10-8 Royals win over the Orioles, but Ruben Gotay pinch-hit for him when his next at-bat came up.
X-rays proved negative and Graffanino's status is day-to-day.
After being struck on the elbow by a pitch last weekend and missing three games, Mench was hit on the forearm Saturday by Cleveland's Scott Elarton in a 6-1 Rangers win. Mench sat out Sunday's series finale against the Indians.
The Rangers host Detroit on Monday, and it's uncertain if Mench will be ready to go. He's batting .298 with three homers and 12 RBI in 23 games this season.
Mench, who had missed three midweek games after he was struck on the elbow by a pitch on Sunday, was back in the Texas lineup Friday night. Mench started in left field in the opener of a three-game set against Cleveland.
Mench, who was struck on the elbow by a pitch from Boston's Matt Clement on Sunday, has missed three straight games through Wednesday. The Rangers are off on Thursday before hosting Cleveland for a weekend series in Arlington. There is no word on whether Mench will be ready to return to the Texas lineup by Friday.
As recently as last week, Hall was batting a dismal .179 for the season. However, the Brewers' infielder has been on fire since, putting together a five-game hitting streak, including three consecutive three-hit contests. He has 12 hits in his last 21 at-bats with three doubles, a triple, home run and four RBI.
With J.J. Hardy's recent struggles, Hall could take over as the Brewers' everyday shortstop, especially if he continues to produce at the plate. For the season, he is batting .347 with one home run and six RBI in 20 games.
Sheets has been playing catch over the past few days, but he is still experiencing minor dizziness when he swivels his head or changes his eye level. As a result, the righthander is not expected to be ready for Saturday's game against the New York Mets, as the Brewers had hoped. Sheets has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, the same ailment that forced him to miss a start last season. He'll likely miss at least another week.
Wes Obermueller will remain in the starting rotation until Sheets is ready to go. For the year, Sheets is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 25 batters and walking just four in 27.1 innings. In his three losses, Sheets has received no support from the Brewers' offense, as the team has scored just one run combined -- they posted nine runs in his Opening Day victory over the Pirates.
Bell missed Sunday's series finale against the Florida Marlins with soreness in his upper back, but he was back in the lineup for Monday's meeting with the New York Mets. The Phillies' third baseman, who has a history of back problems, went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his return.
Bell's injury isn't a huge concern at this point, but he could miss some time down the road if it lingers like it has in the past. In 24 games this season, he is batting .207 with one home run and nine RBI.
Gonzalez turned in a respectable outing in his 2005 debut, allowing six hits and three earned runs over five innings while striking out seven. He departed after five frames with Boston knotted in a 3-3 tie with Detroit. The Tigers jumped on Blaine Neal for two sixth-inning runs and went on to beat the Red Sox, 8-3.
On Tuesday, it's John Halama's turn to step into the Red Sox' rotation and pitch in place of the two injured starters, Curt Schilling and David Wells.
Bell was held out of the Phillies' lineup for Sunday's game against the Florida Marlins, due to soreness in his back. The third baseman, who has a history of back problems, currently is listed as day-to-day, but will be re-evaluated on Monday to determine the extent of his injury.
The Phillies likely will use Placido Polanco at the hot corner in Bell's absence, meaning Chase Utley will see the majority of time at second base. In 23 games this season, Bell is batting just .205 with one home run and nine RBI.
On Monday morning, the Boston Red Sox recalled Gonzalez from Triple-A Pawtucket, in order to make Boston's Monday night start against the Tigers in Detroit. The 30-year-old righthander was 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts with Pawtucket.
Gonzalez owns a career record of 24-32 with a 4.69 ERA in 79 games, including 76 starts. He went 0-5 with a 6.97 ERA in 11 games -- eight starts -- with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays last year. The Red Sox need Gonzalez after both David Wells and Curt Schilling went on the disabled list last week. They designated first baseman Dave McCarty for assignment to make room for Gonzalez.
Despite giving up three runs, Davis scattered just five hits and went the distance in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Reds, notching the fifth complete game of his major league career. The Brewers' lefthander struck out eight and walked one to improve to 3-3 in six starts this season.
Davis walked 15 batters in his previous 20.2 innings, so he changed his delivery after his last start, cutting down on his lower-body rotation. The adjustment seems to have helped, as he had better control in Sunday's outing. In 34 starts last season, he went 12-12 with a 3.39 ERA, striking out 166 and walking 79 in 207 innings of work.
Clark turned in his best peformance of the 2005 campaign, going 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles and three runs scored in Sunday's victory over the Cincinnati Reds. The outfielder, who stepped in as the Brewers' everyday center fielder after Scott Podsednik was dealt to the Chicago White Sox, has hit safely in 19 of 24 games this season.
For the year, Clark is batting .317 with three home runs, 13 RBI and three stolen bases. Now that he's playing regularily, you should expect double-digit totals in both home runs and stolen bases, as well as an average around .280.
Sheets has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Milwaukee Brewers, retroactive to April 21. The righthander has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, the same ailment that forced him to miss a start last season. The team currently does not have a timetable for his return. For the year, Sheets is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 25 batters and walking just four in 27.1 innings.
Sheets is eligible to be activated later this week, but he continues to battle dizziness, so it doesn't appear that he will be ready to go at that time. Wes Obermueller will fill the void in the Brewers' starting rotation until Sheets is back on the mound. In his three losses, Sheets has received no support from the Brewers' offense, as the team has scored just one run combined -- they posted nine runs in his Opening Day victory over the Pirates.
Turnbow will be the pitcher the Brewers turn to in most save opportunities going forward, as Mike Adams struggled in the closer role over the first few weeks of the 2005 campaign. Turnbow has notched the save in each of his last two appearances, tossing 2.1 hitless innings.
For the season, Turnbow is 0-1 with a 1.86 ERA and two saves, but he has not allowed a hit in his last five outings (6.1 innings). He has seven strikeouts and six walks in 9.2 innings overall.
According to manager Ned Yost, Sheets will be re-evaluated by the Brewers' medical staff in Milwaukee over the next couple of days to determine if a trip to the 15-day disabled list is necessary. The righthander has been sidelined since the middle of last week with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, the same ailment that forced him to miss a start last season. The team currently does not have a timetable for his return.
Wes Obermueller has been called upon to fill the void in the Brewers' starting rotation until Sheets is back on the mound. In his three losses, Sheets has received no support from the Brewers' offense, as the team has scored just one run combined -- they posted nine runs in his Opening Day victory over the Pirates. For the year, Sheets is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 25 batters and walking just four in 27.1 innings.
Ohka has been struggling recently, and the Nationals are concerned that it might be due to something physical. The righthander, who failed to get out of the fourth inning in Saturday's loss to the New York Mets, is 1-3 with a 5.85 ERA in four starts this season and has walked 15 batters in 20 frames. The Nationals are off on Thursday -- Ohka's normal day to pitch -- so they expect to skip him in the rotation this time around, according to manager Frank Robinson.
Ohka was evaluated by the team's medical staff over the weekend, and no problems were found. Jon Rauch was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, and he could claim a spot in the rotation if Ohka cannot turn things around.
The Milwaukee Brewers have used various different relievers to close out games, and a full-time closer has yet to be named. Turnbow got the call in Sunday's win over the San Francisco Giants, and he did not disappoint. The righthander did not allow a hit in 1.1 scoreless innings, striking out two and walking one en route to notching the first save of his major league career.
Although Mike Adams was the leading candidate coming out of spring training, Turnbow, Ricky Bottalico and Jorge de la Rosa also could figure into the mix going forward. In seven appearances this season, Turnbow is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA.
On Thursday, Sheets complained of dizziness and nausea, and he was admitted to a hospital, where he stayed until Saturday. Diagnosed with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, Sheets will not take the mound against the Cardinals on Monday, as had been scheduled. Wes Obermueller is slated to start in Sheets' absence, and a timetable for his return to the rotation has not been set.
Reportedly, Sheets no longer is bothered by nausea, but he continues to have a few problems with dizziness, especially when he stands up. The same ailment forced him to miss one start last season. Don't expect him back on the mound until at least next week.
There is a chance Sheets could miss his next start, scheduled for Monday against the St. Louis Cardinals. On Thursday, the Brewers' righthander complained of dizziness and nausea, and he was admitted to a hospital for observation. After undergoing several tests, Sheets has been diagnosed with an inflamed nerve in his inner ear, the same ailment that forced him to miss an outing last season. For now, he has been listed as day-to-day.
Sheets struggled with the flu in his last start and took the loss -- his third straight -- allowing four earned runs on nine hits and finishing with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work. Sheets, who spent the night in the hospital as a precautionary measure, will be re-evaluated over the next couple of days to determine his availability.
Jenkins was feeling a bit better on Wednesday, so he was back in the Brewers' lineup for a meeting with the Houston Astros. The outfielder, who had missed three of the team's previous four contests with a high fever and flu-like symptoms, went 0-for-3 in his return. He should be fine going forward.
Jenkins is off to a slow start this season, batting just .182 with one home run and two RBI in 11 games. He's struck out 12 times and walked twice in 44 at-bats.
After blowing two of his first four save chances this season, Cordero has converted five straight opportunties for the Texas Rangers. He worked a quiet ninth inning against Tampa Bay on Wednesday to post his major league-leading seventh save of 2005.
Cordero has posted a miniscule .188 opponent batting average and 2.08 ERA while fanning 11 batters in 8.2 innings this season. He's been even tougher of late. In converting his last five save chances, the 29-year-old righthander has allowed just one hit and a pair of walks in 4.1 frames. Hitters have gone 1-for-14 (.071) against him.
Despite battling the flu, Sheets took the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers in Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros. The righthander probably was reconsidering his decision after allowing back-to-back home runs to Adam Everett and Craig Biggio in the first inning. He took the loss -- his third straight -- allowing four earned runs on nine hits and finishing with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings of work.
In his three losses, Sheets has received no support from the Brewers' offense, as the team has scored just one run combined -- they posted nine runs in his Opening Day victory over the Pirates. For the year, Sheets is 1-3 with a 3.95 ERA, striking out 25 batters and walking just four in 27.1 innings.
Sheets currently is battling the flu, and there is a chance that he might not be ready for his scheduled start against the Houston Astros on Wednesday. The Brewers' righthander has vowed to take the mound, but manager Ned Yost is not as optimistic, saying Sheets would be a game-time decision. Wes Obermueller will get the nod if Sheets is held out.
If Sheets pitches, he'll be hoping for more offensive support than he's received so far this season. The Brewers have scored just two runs in Sheets' three starts combined. He is 1-2 with a 3.38 ERA, striking out 18 and walking three in 21.1 innings.
On Wednesday, the Texas Rangers recalled Nix from their Triple-A Oklahoma affiliate. In 10 games with Oklahoma, the 24-year-old outfielder was 12-for-36 (.333) with three home runs and six RBI. He also drew nine walks, good for a .467 on-base percentage.
The Rangers demoted 1B-DH Adrian Gonzalez to Oklahoma to make room on the big league roster for Nix.
After missing Saturday's game with a high fever and flu-like symptoms, Jenkins tried to give it a go on Sunday, but was forced to leave after seven innings. The ailments also kept the outfielder out of the Brewers' lineup for Monday and Tuesday's meetings with the Los Angeles Dodgers and currently has him listed as day-to-day.
Chris Magruder got the starting nod in right field in Jenkins' stead. Off to a slow start this season, Jenkins is batting .195 with one homer, two RBI and 10 strikeouts in 41 at-bats. He should be back in action within the next couple of days.
Jenkins ran a high fever and sat out Milwaukee's 5-3 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. The Brewers' right fielder is day-to-day.
It would have aided Jenkins if Milwaukee had an off day on Monday, but the Dodgers follow the Cardinals into Miller Park to start a new series.
Sheets has signed a four-year, $38.5 million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The deal, which replaces the one-year, $6 million contract he signed in February, is the richest in team history. Coming off offseason back surgery, the 26-year-old righthander is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts in 2005. He's fanned 11 and walked just two in 14 innings.
Sheets is being rewarded for his career season in 2004, when he went 12-14 with a 2.70 ERA and five complete games in 34 starts. He finished the year with a franchise-record 264 strikeouts, ranking second in the National League behind veteran Randy Johnson. He also gave up just 32 walks in 237 innings.
Koskie sat out Toronto's loss to Oakland Wednesday night because of a stiff neck. The injury is believed to be minor, and the Jays' third baseman could be back in the lineup when the Jays open a four-game set in Texas on Thursday.
Hitting in the Rangers' home park can make almost anyone feel better. Koskie is a .308 hitter there in 29 games. For the 2005 season, he is 6-for-27 (.222) with a homer.
Graffanino has been sharing second base with Ruben Gotay, but for now he probably gets most of the starts at third base with Mark Teahen going on the disabled list with a back ailment.
Graffanino has gone 7-for-20 (.350) with a pair of doubles so far in 2005. He had left knee surgery in 2004, and the Royals had been playing him cautiously in the early going of the new season.
Given a two-run lead to work with, Kolb was unable to close things out in Tuesday's 4-3 defeat to the Washington Nationals. The Braves' righthander, who is in his first season with Atlanta, allowed three runs on two hits and two walks, taking the loss and blown save.
Just a bump in the road for Kolb. He notched the save in each of his first three appearances of the season, and should get back in the groove in his next outing. Kolb signed a one-year, $3.4 million contract with Atlanta during the offseason after going 0-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 39 saves in 64 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004.
The Blue Jays optioned Gross to Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday in order to make room on the roster for lefthanded starter Ted Lilly. Gross had played in four of Toronto's five games this season, but was 0-for-6 with a pair of strikeouts. The outfielder did have a very productive spring (.385, 19 RBI), but the team wants him in a place where he will get regular playing time. Gross hit .209 in 129 at-bats with the parent club in 2004.
Kolb is settling in with his new team nicely. Although he has allowed a run in two innings of work, the Braves' closer has notched the save in both of his appearances this season. He signed a one-year, $3.4 million contract with Atlanta during the offseason after going 0-4 with a 2.98 ERA and 39 saves in 64 games with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004.
Kolb isn't an overpowering pitcher, fanning just 21 batters in 57.1 innings last season. However, he'll post a solid ERA and he should get plenty of save opportunities with the Braves.
Graffanino got the starting nod at second base in Wednesday's game against the Detroit Tigers, replacing Ruben Gotay, who was in the lineup on Opening Day. The veteran infielder took advantage of the opportunity, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.
Graffanino had hoped to be the Royals' everyday second baseman this season, but the team decided to work him in slowly, as he is coming back from knee surgery. He and Gotay likely will split time fairly evenly.
Cirillo got a surprise start at the hot corner for the Milwaukee Brewers in Monday's Opening Day matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The veteran infielder, who was expected to serve as a backup this season, took advantage of the opportunity, going 2-for-3 with a double, home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
Russell Branyan and Wes Helms were expected to split time at third base this season, but it appears Cirillo will be in the mix as well. He appeared in just 33 games with the San Diego Padres last year, hitting .213 with one home run and seven RBI.
Nix, who appeared in 115 games with Texas last season, will begin the 2005 campaign in the minor leagues after being optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma by the Rangers on Sunday. The outfielder had been in the running to claim the team's starting center-field job, but was beat out by Gary Matthews Jr.
Nix struggled a bit this spring, batting .197 with two homers and six RBI in 23 games. He should see some time with the big league club later this season.