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Monday's Frosty Mug: Two Catchers Advance

We're talking about Brewers coming back from the WBC, Brewers who aren't coming back and more in today's daily news roundup.

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Christian Petersen

Some things to read while becoming a sapphire.

We're on to day 28 of spring training 2013, and we're starting to see Brewers trickle back into camp following pool play in the WBC. Yovani Gallardo and Marco Estrada are already back following Mexico's elimination, and Taylor Green, Jim Henderson and John Axford should be back soon after Canada was eliminated yesterday.

Speaking of Green, he drew the ire of Jon Morosi of Fox Sports for swinging early in a plate appearance instead of working the count and not wearing his sunglasses while chasing a popup yesterday. Nationals infielder Will Rhymes defended Green for the latter infraction, though.

Meanwhile, both Brewer catchers will be away from the team for a while longer. Jonathan Lucroy (and Ryan Braun) and Team USA beat Canada yesterday to advance to the next round, and Martin Maldonado (and Hiram Burgos) and Puerto Rico have also moved on. Todd Rosiak talked to Lucroy about his experience on the big stage.

While players drift back into Brewer camp, one more locker is emptied out. The team released Kelvim Escobar yesterday, ending his comeback attempt. Escobar had appeared in just one game this spring and left that appearance early with a nerve impingement in his hand. The Brewers are now down to 50 players in major league camp.

Back on the Cactus League fields, the Brewers lost 6-1 to the Giants yesterday to fall to 6-8 on the spring. We've got the recap, if you missed it.

Other notes from camp:

Cactus League play continues today as the Brewers host the Dodgers in Maryvale at 3 pm Central time in the first televised game of the spring. Mike Fiers is due up for the Brewers and is scheduled to face Zack Greinke, but Greinke may be scratched due to elbow discomfort.

It was a busy weekend for The Brewer Nation, who posted three entries into their "Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers" series covering Logan Schafer, Rickie Weeks and Mat Gamel.

In the minors:

Around baseball:

Cardinals: Signed 1B/OF Allen Craig to a five year, $31 million contract extension with a club option for 2018.
Nationals: Released pitcher Will Ohman.
Phillies: Released outfielder Joe Mather.

Today in former Brewers:

I couldn't narrow down my list of this weekend's best spring training stories, so here you go:

Today in baseball economics: Dave Cameron of FanGraphs quoted Red Sox analyst Bill James as saying the team spends about $200,000 per day on minor league operations. Assuming a 150-day minor league season from April-August, that'd be roughly $30 million per season.

This is where I normally talk about history, and today I want to highlight a pretty cool project. Longtime reader Mr. Owgust is chronicling the 100th anniversary of the 1913 American Association Milwaukee Brewers on a day-by-day level at his new site. He also ran a FanPost to promote it over the weekend.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm covered in grit.

Drink up.