Good morning. I get the honor of bringing you the Frosty Mug today. With that said, yesterday was a quiet day for the Brewers, but we still have some news, stories, and other links to bring you today.
We're 24 days away from Opening Day now, and the Brewers got a little time to relax yesterday. They had one of their scheduled two off-days this spring, giving the players a chance to relax and spend some time with their families. Chris Narveson took advantage of the opportunity, and Kameron Loe did as well. Meanwhile, John Axford spent a little time talking about mustache hats, and Manny Parra wants people to watch Tim Dillard display his talents on Baseball Tonight.
Mat Gamel is entering the most important season of his life, and so far he has been working to make a good impression. Adam McCalvy has an article talking about how Gamel's attitude has been different this spring.
Logan Schafer also has been having a good spring, even though he doesn't have as good of an opportunity to make the team. Behind the JSOnline paywall, there is an article about Schafer and how he is trying to find a place in the outfield plans.
The new CBA from the last offseason made many small changes. MLB Trade Rumors discussed one of these changes in regards to MLB veterans who sign minor-league deals. The team has to make a decision by March 30 (five days before the official MLB opening day), and if the team sends them to the minors, they get a $100K bonus and an automatic opt-out clause set for June 1. This applies to two Brewers this season: Cesar Izturis and Corey Patterson.
Previews for the upcoming season continue, and Disciples of Uecker was involved with two yesterday. The first took an in-depth look the bullpen in 2012. The other was an interview for Cardinal70 previewing the Brewers in 2012.
In minors news, Reviewing the Brew checks in on Daniel Meadows and his performance this spring so far. Meanwhile, the Timber Rattlers continued a series of videos with Opening Day bobbleheads by reenacting a scene from Bull Durham. A quick warning here: the video in the link is clean, but the original scene that they are recreating is not.
In other news around baseball:
Athletics: Jason Pridie was officially suspended 50 games for his second violation of the minor-league drug policy regarding drugs of abuse.
Braves: Chipper Jones admitted that he does not know if he will make it through the season.
Indians: Roberto Hernandez (formerly Fausto Carmona) had false identity charges dropped in exchange of participation in a work program.
Marlins: X-rays on Giancarlo (Mike) Stanton's wrist came back negative and he is day-to-day.
Mets: Tim Byrdak will be out 4-6 weeks after surgery on his left knee, and David Wright received a cortisone shot to help his ribs.
Nationals: Matt Purke and Anthony Rendon were optioned to the minors, and seven other players were reassigned to the minor league camp.
Rays: Alex Cobb, Chris Archer, and Alex Torres were optioned to the minors, and four other players were sent to minor league spring training.
Tigers: RP David Pauley was released, and eight other players were sent to the minor league camp.
The inevitable happened yesterday. In the Marlins tenth spring training game, Ozzie Guillen received his first ejection as the Marlins manager. Bobby Valentine made sure to wave good-bye as he left.
Finally, in some off-the-field news, Mets bullpen catcher Eric Langill was arrested and charged with DUI after he crashed his car in Florida.
While the day off gave all of the Brewers a chance to rest, most of them will be sure to see some game action today. The Brewers have two split squad games this afternoon, one at home against the Mariners and one on the road at the Athletics. Zack Greinke will take the mound against the Mariners, and Michael Fiers will get the start against the Athletics. We will have more coverage on those games this afternoon.
That's all I have for you this morning. Enjoy.