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Some things to read while rocking some yellow pants.

Trevor Hoffman is relieved to be back with the team after spending the first 17 games on the disabled list. He did not appear in yesterday's game but was available and presumably will be again today if the Brewers take a lead into the ninth.

Where does Hoffman rank among baseball's greatest pitchers? One voter at Dugout Central ranked him among their top five pitchers who have never won a Cy Young Award. Former Brewer Don Sutton also appeared on three ballots.

Entering play on Sunday, the Brewers had thrown out just two of 15 attempted base stealers this season, but is that a problem? The Wall Street Journal says controlling the running game may not necessarily lead to team success.

The Brewers open up a three game series with the Diamondbacks Pirates tonight, and project to send their three best 2009 starting pitchers to the mound: Braden Looper, Dave Bush and Yovani Gallardo. Dave Bush will be making his first appearance since throwing a near no-hitter last week. Cute Sports noted that all three of Bush's near no-hitters have been broken up by former Brewers. Beyond the Box Score has a look at the location of Yovani Gallardo's pitches from his complete game Friday night.

The Brewer minor leagues suffered a major blow over the weekend, as Lorenzo Cain suffered a torn MCL, likely ending his 2009 season. Cain could be the center fielder of the future but will have a lot to prove in 2010, as he'll enter the season having played about half a season over the last two years. (h/t FanShot)

With the Brewers on the road this weekend, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers borrowed Miller Park for a night, playing a Midwest League game against the Peoria Chiefs. If you'd like to see photos of the game from every possible angle, here's a FanPost, a FanShot and two posts from Cute Sports.

It's never too early to start updating your projections. On Saturday, Baseball Analysts updated the 2009 PECOTA projections to take the first three weeks of results into consideration. The Brewers were 7-9 at the time and projected for exactly 81 wins.

Around the league:

Angels: Designated reliever Daniel Davidson for assignment.
Astros: Catcher Humberto Quintero is on the DL with a strained shoulder following a collision with Mike Cameron on Friday.
Braves: Brian McCann has been placed on the DL with an eye infection, and Garret Anderson has also been DL'ed.
D-Backs: Brandon Webb will be out at least six more weeks after experiencing a setback in his rehab from shoulder bursitis. Also, Stephen Drew was placed on the DL with a hamstring strain.
Marlins: Designated reliever Logan Kensing for assignment.
Mets: Designated Casey Fossum for assignment. They also signed Nelson Figueroa and Mike Lamb to minor league deals.
Orioles: SP Alfredo Simon has been diagnosed with degenerative tissue in his elbow and will undergo season-ending surgery.
Padres: Placed Shawn Hill on the DL with elbow inflammation.
Pirates: Jack Wilson has been placed on the DL with a swollen finger on his glove hand.
Royals: Designated C Brayan Pena for assignment.
Tigers: Matt Treanor will require surgery to correct a sports hernia and will be out at least two months.
Yankees: Chien-Ming Wang has been placed on the DL with "weakness in his hips."

This isn't an injury note yet, but it could be soon: Astros pitcher Jose Valverde, who pitched in both Saturday and yesterday's games against the Brewers, is limping noticeably and has Astros.com beat reporter Alyson Footer concerned.

Oh, and if you're looking for something to do today, the Timber Rattlers are playing an 11 am doubleheader in Davenport after yesterday's game was postponed due to rain. The weather in Iowa isn't great today either, but they should be able to get the games in, and you can hear them here.

Drink up.