What we learned: May 12, 2014

Mike McGinnis

Today's lessons include injury updates, position changes, and plenty of coverage from Brewers vs. Yankees.

This Weekend's Results

Yankees 5, Brewers 3

Masahiro Tanaka hadn't lost a start yet this season entering Friday's game, and the Brewers couldn't hand him his first one either. The Brewers were able to score two runs off of him, but it wasn't enough as Yovani Gallardo allowed four runs in his start.  Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy each drove in a run, and Mark Reynolds contributed a solo home run late.

Brewers 5, Yankees 4

CC Sabathia made his first trip to Miller Park since 2008, but the Brewers didn't let him feel too welcome there.  The Brewers scored four runs off of him thanks to three home runs, including back-to-back shots from Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez.  Kyle Lohse put together a quality start, but the Yankees tied the game off of Tyler Thornburg after he left.  However, Rickie Weeks put the Brewers up for good with an RBI single in the seventh inning, and Francisco Rodriguez recorded his fifteenth straight save.

Brewers 6, Yankees 5

It looked like a Sunday special when the lineup came out and Matt Garza gave up three first inning runs with Wei-Chung Wang warming up in the bullpen. However, the Brewers worked their way back into it with two runs in the third inning and ended up taking the lead with a three-run sixth inning. Francisco Rodriguez got the call with a one-run lead in the ninth, and blew his first save of the year by giving up a two-out, two-strike home run to Mark Teixeira. However, a Rickie Weeks double and Mark Reynolds RBI single in the ninth would give the Brewers the walk-off win.

The injury news is good and bad for the Brewers.

The big news of the weekend comes on the injury front.  Adam McCalvy covered all of this news on Brewers.com over the weekend, though here is the short version.  First, here's the good news.  All indications are good for Ryan Braun to be activated prior to Tuesday's game against the Pirates.  He took full batting practice on Sunday and came out of it well.  While the preference was for Braun to get a rehab game in the minors, weather & travel issues will probably prevent that from happening.  However, as long as everything checks out, he could be back in the lineup Tuesday.

Unfortunately, this also comes as the Brewers are losing another key contributor.  In Saturday's game, Aramis Ramirez came out of the game with a hamstring injury, and the injury will put him on the disabled list.  Currently, there is no anticipated return date for Ramirez. The expected roster move will be to placed Ramirez on the DL as Braun is activated, but with Carlos Gomez's pending suspension out there, Elian Herrera could also come into play with another call-up.

We also got an update on Jim Henderson over the weekend.  Adam McCalvy also reports that the pain in Jim Henderson's shoulder has subsided, and he will start throwing a baseball again.  While this is good news, he still has a lot of progress to make before returning to the lineup.  He will still need several weeks to recover, which will include a minor-league rehab trip.

Rickie Weeks will not play in left field.

The other big news of the weekend came in some pregame quotes from Ron Roenicke.  Prior to Saturday's game, a few quotes came out from Ron Roenicke about the possibility of Rickie Weeks playing in left field.  However, the news was that Rickie Weeks was not willing to play in left field. With Khris Davis struggling and Rickie Weeks starting to pick up some steam, the platoon at second base meant that the Brewers couldn't get two good batters in the lineup at the same time.  Adam McCalvy has more details on the situation on his Brewers Blog, including what the Brewers are thinking about for both second base and left field.  It's a tough situation right now, and the Brewers need to figure out how to maximize their offense for both positions.

Cram Session

Carlos Gomez

Brewers vs. Yankees

Other Notes

Minor League Update

Team Level Record This Weekend Today
Nashville Sounds AAA 20-17 Friday: Nashville 9, Colorado Springs 7
Saturday: Nashville 10, Iowa 1
Sunday: Iowa 12, Nashville 11
Nashville @ Iowa
Huntsville Stars AA 25-12 Friday: Huntsville 2, Jackson 1
Saturday: Huntsville 5, Chattanooga 2
Sunday: Huntsville 4, Chattanooga 2
Huntsville @ Chattanooga
Brevard County Manatees A+ 20-15 Friday: Brevard County 5, Daytona 2
Saturday: Brevard County 5, Daytona 2
Fort Myers @ Brevard County
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers A 16-19 Friday: Cedar Rapids 10, Wisconsin 5
Saturday: Wisconsin 6, Cedar Rapids 3
Quad Cities @ Wisconsin

News & Notes

Check out morineko's daily minor league update for a more in-depth look at yesterday's minor league results.

Division Update

Team W L GB
Brewers 24 14 -
Cardinals 19 19 5
Reds 17 19 6
Pirates 16 21 7.5
Cubs 12 24 11

Today's Division Games

  • Cubs (Travis Wood) @ Cardinals (Tyler Lyons) - 7:10 pm
  • Reds and Pirates have the day off.

Today's Action

The Brewers have the day off today.  They return to action on Tuesday to start a three-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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