Monday's Frosty Mug: The Injury Bug Strikes

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We've got 2013's first injury updates and more in today's daily roundup of all things Brewers.

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Day seven of spring training 2013 opens with our first injury update, as Mat Gamel may return to workouts today after leaving Saturday's first official full-squad session with soreness in his surgically repaired right knee. Gamel is still wearing what's been classified as a "heavy brace" on the knee about ten months after having his torn ACL repaired last season, and missed yesterday's workout. Ron Roenicke told reporters he's not worried about Gamel yet.

Not everyone is healthy, but at least (almost) everyone is in camp. Todd Rosiak reports that reliever Jairo Asencio, who is still dealing with visa issues, was the only player to miss Saturday's workout.

Mark Attanasio was in camp Saturday for the annual team meeting before the first full squad workout. He told reporters he's still optimistic about this team's chances despite the quiet winter.

Looking back another day, Ryan Braun was back in the news on Friday afternoon when ESPN reported they'd found another document tying Braun to Anthony Bosch and Biogenesis, although it still includes no ties to any specific performance enhancing drugs. Ken Rosenthal says Braun is "entitled to a presumption of innocence," while Tim Brown of Yahoo says Braun is "a product of his era, or a casualty of his era, or a face of his era. Someday, perhaps, we'll know which."

Meanwhile, it's worth noting that no government agencies are showing any interest in the Biogenesis investigation.

This is the first Brewer spring training for Jean Segura, who projects to play most days at shortstop despite still being pretty young. Tom Haudricourt profiled Segura as part of his position-by-position look at the 2013 roster, and as of this writing over 80% of voters in this JS poll think the Brewers can contend with him filling that role. J.P. Breen of Disciples of Uecker welcomes in the Jean Segura Era. It certainly can't be worse than the Yuniesky Betancourt or Cesar Izturis Eras.

One of the first major milestones of camp has come and gone as the Brewers had picture day on Sunday. Here are some of the highlights:

Other notes from camp:

Escobar is also the topic of the latest edition of The Brewer Nation's "Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers" series.

As the Brewers work to assemble their Opening Day roster, it's worth noting that they have a fair amount of flexibility. MLB Trade Rumors points out that just four players on the roster bubble are out of options: Jeff Bianchi, Mat Gamel, Chris Narveson and Mark Rogers.

Jim Henderson and Taylor Green both have strong chances to open the season on the MLB roster despite having options remaining. Curt Hogg of Reviewing the Brew has season outlooks for both players.

Tyler Thornburg is likely ticketed for AAA to open the season and probably sits seventh or eighth on the depth chart at starting pitcher at the moment, but Matt Whitener of MLB Depth Charts listed him as a possible candidate to steal a spot on the Opening Day roster.

It also could be a big spring for Hunter Morris, whose chances to make the Opening Day roster could increase significantly if Mat Gamel's health issues continue. Adam McCalvy talked to Morris about his focus on defense in 2012, and how it led to a big year on offense for the Southern League MVP.

In the minors:

If you'd like more Brewer coverage but you're sick of reading, Friday's edition of The Home Stretch Hangout features Jack Moore of CBSSports.com, FanGraphs and Disciples of Uecker and I talking Ryan Braun (in an interview recorded before Friday's news). The Hangout will be back again later today, when Justin Hull and I are scheduled to discuss Corey Hart.

Around baseball:

Marlins: Signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a minor league deal.
Nationals: Avoided arbitration with pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (one year, $5.35 million).
Orioles: Signed pitcher Jair Jurrjens to a minor league deal.
Padres: Avoided arbitration with third baseman Clayton Richard (one year, $5.24 million).
Rays: Signed DH Jack Cust to a minor league deal.
Reds: Avoided arbitration with pitcher Homer Bailey (one year, $5.35 million).

With Bailey, Richard and Zimmermann off the board, there will not be an arbitration hearing this spring for the first time since MLB introduced the current salary arbitration procedure. There had never been less than three cases in a season before.

One of those arbitration-eligible players, by the way, was Padres 1B/OF Kyle Blanks. Blanks has run up three-plus seasons of major league service time despite playing just 146 career games, including four in 2012. He's missed 320 games over that time due to injuries and has made 79 minor league rehab appearances.

Today in former Brewers:

Today's sabermetric note comes via Mark Smith of FanGraphs, who looks at the changing profile of a major league corner outfielder. Brewer fans are likely well acquainted with the change after watching Norichika Aoki patrol right field.

Today's baseball economics notes are Cub-centric:

My favorite spring training stories from the weekend are as follows:

Sometimes over the course of a long offseason we forget things. In the unlikely event that you've forgotten why we don't like the Cardinals, the second edition of Cubie Rue at Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball has you covered.

This is relevant to absolutely nothing, but it made me laugh so I'll share it: Nationals Enquirer has a photo of new Presidents Race participant William Howard Taft on a snowmobile.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to clean up.

Drink up.

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