A little behind the ball here, but since we last reported about Mark Rogers' shoulder, a lot has happened.
Midway through January, his mother claimed that his surgery was arthroscopic (i.e. relatively minor) and:
"The shoulder dislocated every time he threw," Stephanie Rogers said.
Then, a couple weeks later, Tom Haudricourt burst onto the scene with reports in the Journal Sentinel and Baseball America that Rogers had a SLAP lesion (the same thing that derailed Mike Jones) and would be out for the whole season:
In an interview with the Kennebec (Maine) Journal, Rogers' mother, Stephanie, offered a more optimistic outlook for his return to action.
A couple days later, MiLB.com's Jonathan Mayo clarified the situation even further:
The pain, it was decided, came from bursitis on the top of his shoulder. That was shaved down and cut out, giving his shoulder room to move.
Depending on your perspective, Mayo's article is either welcomely optimistic or complete propaganda:
The results have been almost immediate. Just a couple of weeks after surgery, Rogers already has good range of motion...He is, by all measures, ahead of schedule.
In other Brewers news, the team avoided arbitration with Johnny Estrada, signing him for $3.4M; originally, he asked for $3.9M and the Brewers offered $3M. Bill Hall is the only remaining unsigned player.
...Except, perhaps, for David Bell? Oh no:
It is increasingly possible that Koskie will not be ready for Opening Day, leaving the Brewers with a number of options. Top offensive prospect Ryan Braun is a third baseman, and Melvin said earlier this winter that Braun would get a chance to win the job. Backup infielders Craig Counsell and Tony Graffanino both have experience at third. Of the remaining free agents, David Bell, who played the second half of 2006 with the Brewers and is a solid defender, is perhaps the best option.
The Brewers also signed a independent league pitcher, erstwhile San Diego Surf Dawg (seriously) E.J. Shanks. He's apparently a submariner, and this is probably the last time you'll ever hear his name. The Brewers are also trying out another indy leaguer, Saul Sovelson.