Some things to read in your pajamas.
The Brewers fell behind early and never looked back on Wednesday afternoon, losing 9-2 to the Dodgers. We've got the recap, if you missed it.
These renewed struggles may be reaching their boiling point with Mark Attanasio, who appeared on TV yesterday during the game and referred to the recent losing as a "team-wide problem." He also said "I want to be honest with our fans - I don't like what I'm seeing right now."
For a further look at how talented but remarkably disappointing this Brewer team has been, here's Jack Moore with our Tweet of the Day:
Amazing how this Brewers team could conceivably have 4 All-Stars (Braun, Segura, Gomez, Henderson) and is totally awful— Jack Moore (@jh_moore) May 22, 2013
Other notes from the field:
- Alfredo Figaro allowed a solo home run in the third inning, snapping the bullpen's 20.1 inning scoreless streak. He was the first Brewer relief pitcher to allow a run since he also allowed a run last Thursday.
- The Brat won the sausage race.
The Brewers are off today before returning to action at home against the Pirates tomorrow. Marco Estrada will take on A.J. Burnett at 7:10, and Chad Thornburg has the MLB.com preview Dave Begel of OnMilwaukee.com says the upcoming games could determine Ron Roenicke's future with the Brewers.
Looking ahead another day, Kyle Lohse is going to skip his scheduled start on Saturday due to elbow inflammation, but is expected to be ready when his spot in the rotation comes up again next week. Mike Fiers is expected to start in his place.
Meanwhile, the injury news is better for Tom Gorzelanny and Chris Narveson. Gorzelanny could be ready to be activated off the DL as soon as tomorrow, and Narveson's rehab has progressed to the point where he could head out on a rehab assignment soon.
I briefly mentioned Jean Segura above, but here's another reminder of the remarkable season he's having: He entered the 2013 season with zero major league home runs, but by May he was appearing alongside Ryan Braun in David Schoenfield of ESPN's look at baseball's best hitting combos.
Despite Segura, though, the Brewers are still just 4-16 in May. Brandon Berg of Chippewa.com says "a little bit of everything" is going wrong for the Crew right now.
Rickie Weeks' performance is, of course, one of the things that has gone wrong. He went 1-for-4 yesterday to raise his batting average to .169, and Ron Roenicke Stole My Baseball has a look at the JS' obsession with his poor start.
Jim Henderson saved the Brewers' lone win in the Dodgers series, along with their only win in the Cardinals series before that. Todd Rosiak talked to Henderson about staying sharp despite limited opportunities.
In the minors:
- Nashville broadcaster Jeff Hem has interviews with Sounds hitting coach Bob Skube and Brewer minor league field coordinator and catching instructor Charlie Greene.
- J.P. Breen of Disciples of Uecker has updated scouting reports on some of the organization's top prospects.
- Adam McCalvy has a great story on Wisconsin pitcher Damien Magnifico and his efforts to raise money for charity following this week's tornado in Oklahoma.
- Huntsville Star pitcher and former indy baller Alan Williams has been suspended for 50 games for his second positive test for a drug of abuse.
Back in Milwaukee, the Brewers may not be playing well but at least they look reasonably good. They're one of six candidates to switch back to a retro look in Rob Neyer of Baseball Nation's latest poll, but are receiving just 9% of the vote.
Maybe the Brewers can also lead baseball in nonsensical beer names. The Leinenkugels' brew that has recently been introduced at Miller Park is now known as "Bernie's Barrelman Ale."
Blue Jays: Released pitcher Miguel Batista.
Cardinals: Placed reliever Fernando Salas on the DL with shoulder inflammation.
Cubs: Placed pitcher Shawn Camp on the DL with a sprained right big toe and claimed pitcher Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals.
Twins: Placed infielder Trevor Plouffe on the 7-day DL with a concussion.
Meanwhile, one projected transaction hasn't happened yet, and may not for a while: The Dodgers opted not to fire manager Don Mattingly this week and have said he'll still be with the team when they resume play tomorrow.
It'll be a quiet day around the NL Central, with the Cardinals, Reds and Brewers all off. The Cubs play the Pirates at 11:35, though, with Jeanmar Gomez taking on Edwin Jackson.
Today in former Brewers: Jess Lemont of The Brewers Bar has more fun with acronyms, including my new favorite: "RUN INTO BOY."
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to wash my hands.