Yesterday, the Brewers made a waiver claim and were awarded Matt Dominguez off of waivers from the Astros. There doesn't seem to be a lot to be excited for with the claim, as Dominguez had been struggling in the Astros system. However, a lack of third base depth in the minors means that the Brewers need to find someone to cover third after Ramirez retires, and this move does give them another possible option to cover that position.
The more surprising move was who the Brewers designated to clear roster space. To make room on the roster, the Brewers designated Wei-Chung Wang for assignment. Wang had been struggling at Brevard County, so it's not a complete surprise, but considering what the Brewers wen through last year to keep him, it seems odd that they would give up on him so fast. This may not be giving up on Wang at all, but it could be tough to sneak him through waivers right now. However, Tom Haudricourt mentioned that Wang is getting a big salary for a High-A pitcher (around $300,000), and that might be enough to keep other teams away.
There's no sugar-coating this one, it was just an embarrassing game for the Brewers. Matt Garza was bad, allowing six earned runs on thirteen hits. Chris Young was unstoppable, pitching seven shutout innings and collecting two hits and three RBI (remember, this is an AL pitcher). The Brewers did get two runs thanks to an RBI single from Jonathan Lucroy and a solo home run from Scooter Gennett, but it was way too little too late.
Brewers News & Notes
- There was a scare with Bob Uecker on Monday after he suffered a mild concussion during batting practice. He was held at a hospital overnight for precautionary reasons and took the day off yesterday to recover, and won't be on the Brewers upcoming road trip. He is expected to be fine.
- Carlos Gomez has been out of the lineup for the last two days with a hip injury. Adam McCalvy reports that an MRI came back showing no damage, and he should be back in the lineup in a day or two.
- Cait Covers the Bases notes that Jonathan Lucroy and Matt Clark had a bet going on about the College World Series, and that Lucroy had to pay up after he lost the bet.
- Is the Brewers policy on closing the roof a little too strict, limiting outdoor baseball to a handful of days a year? Nick Michalski of The Brewers Bar argues that the roof should be open on cooler days to allow for more outdoor baseball.
- Over on The First Out At Third, Justin Schultz argues that the Brewers should trade Carlos Gomez and Jonthan Lucroy now, while their value is high. He also looks at what the Brewers are getting in Matt Dominguez.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox||AAA||26-37||Colorado Springs 2, Oklahoma City 1||Oklahoma City @ Colorado Springs|
|Biloxi Shuckers||AA||40-24||OFF||Montgomery @ Biloxi|
|Brevard County Manatees||A+||28-36||Jupiter 12, Brevard County 4||Jupiter @ Brevard County|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||A||21-44||Kane County 10, Wisconsin 2||Wisconsin @ Kane County|
|DSL Brewers||R||5-10||DSL Brewers 7, DSL Yankees2 0||DSL Yankees2 @ DSL Brewers|
News & Notes
- The Brewers made a few minor-league roster moves yesterday. They promoted outfielder Kyle Wren and RHP Hiram Burgos from Biloxi to Colorado Springs, and added outfielder Victor Roache and RHP Martin Viramontes to the Biloxi roster.
- Marcus Young of Miller Park Prospects notes that two more members of the Brevard County Manatees (Javier Salas and Preston Gainey) were added to the all-star team.
- Reviewing the Brew has farm reports for the Brevard County Manatees and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.
NL Central Update
- Cardinals 3, Twins 2
- Pirates 3, White Sox 0
- Indians 6, Cubs 0
- Reds 5, Tigers 0
Today's Division Games
- Cubs (Tsuyoshi Wada) @ Indians (Shaun Marcum) - 6:10 pm
- Tigers (David Price) @ Reds (Johnny Cueto) - 6:10 pm
- Cardinals (Carlos Martinez) @ Twins (Tommy Milone) - 7:10 pm
- Pirates (Jeff Locke) @ White Sox (John Danks) - 7:10 pm
Cardinals/Astros Hacking Investigation
- Once the investigation is finished, what punishment could the Cardinals face for hacking the Astros computer network? Nathaniel Grow of FanGraphs doesn't think that MLB could do much as he looks at the problems with each of the possible punishments.
- Meanwhile, Mike Bates of MLB Daily Dish isn't as concerned about what MLB laws say the commissioner can and can't do. He wants the commissioner to throw the book at the Cardinals by crippling their ability to draft or stock their farm system for the next three years.
- Over on Big League Stew, Mike Oz has a list of the 25 best Twitter jokes made about this investigation. Spoiler alert: One regular commenter on BCB makes an appearance on the list.
- We now know why the Padres blocked the Brewers from trying to add Pat Murphy to their coaching staff. Yesterday, the Padres named Murphy as the interim manager for the rest of this season.
- If you've been looking to pick up MLB.TV, this week is the week to do it. David G. Temple of TechGraphs notes that the streaming service is 50% off this week.
The series between the Royals and Brewers now moves to Kaufmann Stadium for the next two games. Mike Fiers gets the call on Wednesday, facing off against Royals starter Joe Blanton. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.