Tuesday's Frosty Mug

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: Closer John Axford #59 and Norichika Aoki #7 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrate after Axford picked up the save against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 28, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The Brewers won 3-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Some things to read while reassessing your argument.

The Brewers opened a four game set in Los Angeles with a win last night behind a strong performance from Shaun Marcum, who threw a career-high 119 pitches and tied a Brewer career-high with nine strikeouts while allowing just one run on six hits over seven innings. The Brewers won the game 3-2 and -JP- has the recap, if you missed it.

Unfortunately, the win was not yesterday's big news. Jonathan Lucroy has become the latest Brewer added to the injury report, as he'll be out 4-6 weeks after suffering a "boxer's fracture" of his right hand when his wife dropped a suitcase on him in their hotel room before Monday's game (FanShot). Jon Heyman, like many of you, appears to be wondering how one gets a "boxer's fracture" from a falling suitcase. Adam McCalvy is suggesting drastic measures.

At any rate, Lucroy becomes the eighth Brewer to go on the disabled list since April 20, and Martin Maldonado will be called up to take his place. Since George Kottaras is nursing a sore hamstring, Maldonado will likely catch most days for now. He had a breakout year offensively in 2011 but was hitting .198/.270/.347 in 35 games for Nashville this season. He'll likely make his first major league start tonight.

Other notes from the field:

The two teams continue the series at 9:10 tonight and it should be interesting, as Michael Fiers is expected to make his first major league start and will face Dodgers top prospect Nathan Eovaldi, who was recalled from AA when Ted Lilly went on the DL with shoulder inflammation. AJ Cassavell of MLB.com has the preview. The Brewers, by the way, still need to make a roster move to activate Fiers.

The Brewers are likely to see Matt Kemp back in the lineup tonight. Kemp has been on the DL with a strained hamstring but homered in a rehab game last night and is expected to rejoin the Dodgers today.

The Brewers did get some good injury news yesterday: After missing this weekend's series due to elbow inflammation Kameron Loe was available to pitch last night.

Cody Ransom went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts at the plate last night but made a couple of nice defensive plays as the Brewers closed out the game in the ninth. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts notes that Ransom has a history of big moments against the Dodgers.

Ryan Braun went 0-for-2 but drew a couple of walks yesterday to drop his season slash line to .309/.388/.600. Mike Petriello of Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness notes that Braun's OPS has not changed significantly from 2011 (when it was .994).

In the minors:

The Brewers had to make a difficult transition this winter following the premature passing of longtime Miller Park groundskeeper Gary Vanden Berg, who died of cancer in October. Lori Nickel of the JS (behind the paywall) has a great story on new director of grounds Justin Scott, his background and some of the challenges he faces keeping the grass green and healthy under the Miller Park roof.

Even if the Brewers don't sell another ticket, over two million fans will pay to see that green grass in 2012. Buster Olney of ESPN says Milwaukee deserves consideration for baseball's best fan base for continuing to show up and support the team.

If you'd like more Brewer coverage today but you're sick of reading, I've got a couple of options for you:

After that, I'll probably take a nap before tonight's game.

In power rankings:

Finally, congratulations are due out this morning to Misterinformative, yesterday's winner in our SB Nation Pick 6 contest. Here's the full leaderboard:

Rank Player Points
1 MisterInformative 47.7
2 Hendrik 45.9
3 Yar Nivek 45.4
4 Badger Boy in Vail 44.7
5 brewman70 44.0
6 MadtownTim 43.4
7 pjones6738 42.8
8 torts 39.6
9 cmow 38.1
10 jllyons 37.7

Today's schedule opens at 1:20, so there's still time to make your picks for today. And while you're at it, don't forget about Prognostikeggers.

Around baseball:

Indians: Placed third baseman Jack Hannahan on the DL with a calf strain and designated pitcher Jairo Asencio for assignment.
Mets: Placed infielder Justin Turner on the DL with an ankle sprain and designated pitcher Manny Acosta for assignment.
Nationals: Placed infielder Chad Tracy on the DL with a strained groin.
Orioles: Placed reliever Stu Pomeranz on the DL with an oblique strain.
Padres: Claimed pitcher Neil Wagner off waivers from the Athletics.
Pirates: Placed pitcher Juan Cruz on the restricted list.

The division race got a little tighter yesterday, as the Reds lost (to the Pirates, who have drawn within three games) and the Cardinals won to narrow the gap between the two teams to half a game. You know this and more if you've read this morning's edition of Around the NL Central.

This morning's edition of Today In Brewer History marks Jerry Hairston Jr.'s 36th birthday, and Plunk Everyone notes that his 82 career HBP are the most ever for a player born on May 29. Today is also the 18th anniversary of the 1994 ceremony where the Brewers retired Robin Yount's number.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I still have no idea how to iron this.

Drink up.

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