Tuesday's Frosty Mug: Cleaning Out Lockers


Two more pitchers are headed over to minor league camp this morning, and we're talking about that and more in today's daily roundup of all things Brewers.

Some things to read while yelling really loud.

Day 29 of spring training 2013 opens up today with a couple more empty lockers in the major league clubhouse: Johnny Hellweg and Tyler Thornburg were optioned to Nashville yesterday, where both will be stretched out to start. Both pitchers had reasonably good runs in major league camp, and I wouldn't be shocked to see either or both on the roster this season.

Thornburg was scheduled to start for the Brewers on Wednesday but that spot will now be filled by Yovani Gallardo, who slots back into the rotation now that he's returned from the World Baseball Classic. Marco Estrada will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday since the major league team is off.

Back on the field, the Brewers are back within a game of .500 after beating the Dodgers 3-2 yesterday. Nathan has the recap, if you missed it.

Yesterday was FS Wisconsin's first telecast of the spring and I didn't get to see it, but I've heard it was filled with various interviews. One of those interviews was the subject of our Tweet of the Day:

Other notes from the field:

Cactus League play continues today when the Brewers travel to Surprise(!) to take on the Rangers at 3 pm. Mark Rogers is scheduled to get the ball for the Crew and face Alexi Ogando.

We're several weeks into spring training games and at this point the answer to the "Who's going to play first base?" question still appears to be "everyone." The Book of Gorman has a look at the outlook for the position both before and after Corey Hart comes back.

Donnie Murphy may not be a candidate to start at first base, but he has already appeared in eleven games this spring and is hitting .227/.320/.273. He's the subject of The Brewer Nation's latest edition of Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers.

In the minors: Outfielder Reggie Keen has announced plans to retire. A former undrafted free agent, he's appeared in 253 games over the last three seasons with Helena, Wisconsin and Brevard County and posted a .263/.317/.354 batting line.

Around baseball:

Indians: Released outfielder Ben Francisco.
Mariners: Reliever Josh Kinney is likely to open the season on the DL with a stress reaction in his ribs.
Red Sox: Pitcher Franklin Morales is likely to open the season on the DL with a back injury.
Yankees: Signed outfielder Ben Francisco.

My favorite spring training story of the day came from Tigers camp, where shortstop Jhonny Peralta missed action yesterday after eating a bowl of clam chowder. He's apparently allergic to shellfish.

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Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to stay on the road.

Drink up.

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