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What We Learned: Roster dance surrounds a losing weekend

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The Brewers did some dancing with their roster spots as they dropped three straight to the Cardinals. We discuss that and more in today’s What We Learned.

St Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Recent Results

Cardinals 6, Brewers 3
Cardinals 4, Brewers 1
Cardinals 6, Brewers 4

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

Milwaukee Brewers DFA Kirk Nieuwenhuis, recall Brent Suter | -JP- and Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
Matt Garza to return to Milwaukee Brewers rotation on Monday, Tommy Milone to bullpen | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB
Brent Suter to be optioned to make room for returning Matt Garza | Jaymes L, BCB
Milwaukee Brewers outright Kirk Nieuwenhuis to AAA Colorado Springs | Jaymes L, BCB

There were several roster moves over the weekend, and all of them were interconnected with each other. First of all, Kirk Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment on Friday afternoon, and Brent Suter was recalled to put an extra arm in the bullpen. After that, the Brewers announced that they would activate Matt Garza on Monday, and Tommy Milone would join the bullpen. They finished this move Sunday night by sending Suter back to Colorado Springs, along with Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who cleared waivers and was outrighted there.

Sunday Sundries: Milwaukee Brewers week 3 in review | eddiemathews, BCB

Looking back at week 3 of the regular season, which featured two series with promising starts that ended up being disasters.

Links from Other Sites

Villar's movement in Piscotty AB causes delay | Andrew Gruman,

In Thursday’s game, some unexpected movement from Jonathan Villar caused a short delay while the umpires and manager Craig Counsell discussed the defensive shift.

Villar starting to see benefits of extra work | Adam McCalvy,

Jonathan Villar is on a short five-game hitting streak right now, which is helping him get out of his early-season funk.

Botched squeeze play hurts Brewers in loss | Adam McCalvy,

In Saturday’s game, the Brewers attempted a squeeze play to break the tie in the fifth inning. Unfortunately, a missed bunt caused the whole thing to fall apart and ended up being a major setback.

Broxton takes baby steps in Brewers loss | Adam McCalvy,

Another player starting to come around is Keon Broxton, who isn’t back to himself yet, but is slowly improving.

Haudricourt: Brewers did their homework on Thames | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Eric Thames had been on David Stearns’ radar since 2013, and when he finally had an opportunity to sign the first baseman, he took advantage of it.

Notes: Brewers hit on successful formula at catcher | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

There has been a pattern for catcher starts so far, and while that pattern likely won’t continue, they have still shown success so far this season.

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 11-5

  • Friday: Memphis 5, Colorado Springs 1
  • Friday: Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 5
  • Saturday: Nashville 5, Colorado Springs 2
  • Sunday: Nashville 5, Colorado Springs 6
  • Monday: Nashville @ Colorado Springs | 7:40 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 7-10

  • Friday: Biloxi 3, Chattanooga 6
  • Saturday: Jackson 8, Biloxi 2
  • Sunday: Jackson 2, Biloxi 3
  • Monday: Jackson @ Biloxi | 6:35 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 8-8

  • Friday: Buies Creek 9, Carolina 4
  • Saturday: Buies Creek 2, Carolina 6
  • Sunday: Buies Creek 1, Carolina 6
  • Monday: Off Day

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 9-8

  • Friday: Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4
  • Saturday: Peoria 6, Wisconsin 7
  • Sunday: Peoria 6, Wisconsin 5
  • Monday: Kane County @ Wisconsin | 6:35 pm

Check out our prospect reports for more information on minor league performances.

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Friday, April 21
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Saturday, April 22
Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Roundup: Week 2
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Sunday, April 23

News and Notes

Brewers not ready to call up prospect Brinson | Adam McCalvy,

While Lewis Brinson’s hot start in Colorado Springs has fans asking for him to be brought up, the Brewers aren’t ready to do that just yet.

April Prospects: 3 Up 3 Down | Kyle Lesniewski, BP Milwaukee

Just one month into the season, some prospects in the Brewers system have improved their stock, while others are at risk of watching their stock fall.

2013 Top 10 Lists 3: The Players | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

While top prospect lists feature players with a lot of potential, only some of those players will truly develop, while others will fall out for various reasons.

Power Surge for a Trio… | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

Down in the minor leagues, Brett Phillips, Isan Diaz, and Monte Harrison have all put together some strong power in the first weeks of the season.

NL Central Updates

This Weekend’s Games

Yankees @ Pirates

  • Friday: Yankees 3, Pirates 6
  • Saturday: Yankees 11, Pirates 5
  • Sunday: Yankees 1, Pirates 2

Cubs @ Reds

  • Friday: Cubs 6, Reds 5
  • Saturday: Cubs 12, Reds 8
  • Sunday: Cubs 5, Reds 7

Today’s Games

  • Cubs (Brett Anderson) @ Pirates (Chad Kuhl) | 6:05 pm
  • Cardinals have the day off.

Today’s Action

Brewers (Matt Garza) vs. Reds (Amir Garrett) | 6:40 pm