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Some things to read while finding the motivation to exercise.

We should have word soon on the injury status of both Braden Looper and Tony Gwynn. Both were examined yesterday but the results were not immediately available.

On the subject of injuries, Yovani Gallardo leads The Disabled List Informer's list of players who should bounce back from injury in 2009.

On the field, Chris Narveson threw three scoreless innings yesterday in a B game against the Dodgers that included several Dodger regulars. Unfortunately, Dodger prospect Ivan DeJesus, Jr. broke his tibia in the game and may miss all of 2009. If you really must see it, True Blue LA has a link to the video.

Cody Scarpetta also appeared in that game, but got roughed up a bit. The Official Site has a profile of Scarpetta, the youngest player in Brewer camp, and a look at the circumstances that brought him here. (Also noted in FanShots)

In Peoria, Jeff Suppan was the Jeff Suppan we all remember, walking two batters and giving up a three run home run in the first inning. Anthony Witrado says Suppan is not worried about spring training results.

Photo evidence of yesterday's game:
  • Corey Hart tentatively raising the roof after yesterday's two-run shot.
  • Casey McGehee attempting (and failing) to break up the double play.
  • Emil Brown admiring his handiwork.
Sometimes life is just about getting an opportunity and taking advantage. Brad Nelson played in the outfield yesterday and is quickly becoming the story of camp. With Ryan Braun gone for the WBC and Tony Gwynn and Jason Bourgeois injured, Nelson could get a fair amount of time in the outfield, and if he proves he can play there he has a good shot to make the team.

Elsewhere on the farm, Alcides Escobar (34), Mat Gamel (54), Jeremy Jeffress (64), Brett Lawrie (86) and Angel Salome (94) all appear in Victor Wang's compilation of the top 100 prospects for the Hardball Times. Wang is also ranking farm systems, but only got through the bottom 15 in part 1 of the series, and the Brewers did not appear.

Some Brewers also appear on a list you don't want to be on. Via View From Bernie's Chalet, Bill Hall and Jeff Suppan appear on this list of baseball's 45 worst contracts.

Even with Suppan, though, Crawfish Boxes ranked the Brewer starting rotation third in the NL Central, as part of their position-by-position preseason rankings.

What do you expect from Prince Fielder in 2009? Could he have a successful season while only hitting 28 home runs? The Junkball Blues thinks so, and projects Prince to hit .267/.386/.494 in 2009.

Fielder has already been walked intentionally 45 times in his career, the sixth most in Brewer history. That fact and 24 more can be found in Drew Olson's 25 random facts about the Brewers.

Ryan Braun's 2007 OPS+ of 153 was the highest ever for a rookie third baseman, but was it the best rookie season ever at the position? DRaysBay factors in defense and ranks Evan Longoria's 2008 ahead of Braun's 2007. Meanwhile, Beyond the Box Score has a graph comparing 2007 Braun to Troy Tulowitzki, Alex Gordon, and 2008 Ryan Braun.

Speaking of Beyond the Box Score, stop by today at 1 for a live chat about the NL Central with myself and five others who write about the division. Should be a good time, but you may want to get your questions in early.

Only one note from other camps today: the A's signed Orlando Cabrera to a one year deal worth $4 million.

While they look to hire a new GM, Team President Stan Kasten has taken over day to day operations in the Nationals front office. In a rare moment of good news for the Nats, they have the #1 pick in the June draft and likely pick Stephen Strasburg hit 102 on the gun seven times in a recent San Diego State game.

It's a bizarre media market at the moment, but it's nice to see the Wall Street Journal noting the growth of SB Nation.

Oh, and baseball could use more ambassadors like Curtis Granderson.

Drink up.