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What We Learned: The never-ending Eric Thames

It’s more talk about Eric Thames in today’s What We Learned.

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MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Recent Results

Braves 10, Brewers 8
Braves 11, Brewers 3
Brewers 4, Braves 3

Brewers News and Notes

Links from BCB

BCB Mailbag 22: Mostly Eric Thames | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

It’s all anyone wants to talk about: Eric Thames, Eric Thames, Eric Thames. In this week’s mailbag, it’s more Eric Thames. There’s also some stuff about lineups of former Brewers and undoing front office moves. Did I mention that there’s more talk about Eric Thames?

Yup, MLB drug tested Eric Thames again | Jaymes L, BCB

In what has become a recurring theme, Eric Thames received another drug test from MLB over the weekend, making it three in the month of April alone.

Framing the argument for Manny Pina to get more playing time | Kyle Lesniewski, BCB

Manny Pina has put together a strong start to the season, and some of that has to do with his pitch framing so far behind the plate.

Freddie Freeman compares Miller Park lighting to ‘little league field’ | Jaymes L, BCB

While he’s not alone in complaining about Miller Park, Freeman joined the club on Sunday, saying that Miller Park was lit worse than a little league field.

Sunday Sundries: Milwaukee Brewers Week 4 In Review | eddiemathews, BCB

Looking back at week four of the regular season.

BCB Tracking Poll - Results for Week 4 | aaronetc, BCB FanPost

The results are in from last week’s tracking poll.

Links from Other Sites

Braun exits with sore right arm | Adam McCalvy,
Shaw aiming to return to lineup Monday | Adam McCalvy,
Back on mound, Guerra striding toward return | Adam McCalvy,

Several injury updates came in across the weekend. Ryan Braun left Sunday’s game with a sore right arm. Travis Shaw left Saturday’s game with a bruised right hand, but is expected to play today. Also, Junior Guerra is pitching bullpen sessions in an effort to return.

Patience pays off for Matt Garza | Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It’s been a long return for Matt Garza, but it paid off with a good start in yesterday’s game against the Braves.

Vowing to avoid walks, Jimmy Nelson gets hurt by hits | Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Jimmy Nelson has been working hard to lower his walk rate on the field. Unfortunately, the result is that he’s becoming more hitable.

Doomed by starting pitching | Nathan Petrashek, Cream City Cables

The starting pitching has been bad for the Brewers, and it’s hurting

What Thames and Fielder Learned in Exile | Travis Sawchik, FanGraphs
What I Would Pay Eric Thames | Dave Cameron, FanGraphs
Eric Thames Without The Reds | Dave Cameron, FanGraphs

We’ve gone long enough without talking about Eric Thames. FanGraphs went a little Eric Thames crazy last week, writing plenty about the slugger.

Testing Disparities | Nicholas Zettel, BP Milwaukee

Whether it’s deserved or not, the number of times Eric Thames has been subject to drug testing so far this season is a major black mark for MLB.

Eric Thames’ Korean Cheer Song Comes to Milwaukee | Caitlin Moyer, Cait Covers the Bases

Ready to hear the Eric Thames cheer song? The Brewers are working with his Korean team to get it to Miller Park.

Minor League Update

Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA) | 13-6

  • Friday: Colorado Springs 7, Iowa 0
  • Saturday: Colorado Springs @ Iowa (PPD)
  • Sunday: Colorado Springs @ Iowa (PPD)
  • Monday: Colorado Springs @ Iowa | 12:05 pm

Biloxi Shuckers (AA) | 11-13

  • Friday: Biloxi 1, Pensacola 0
  • Saturday: Biloxi 5, Pensacola 3
  • Sunday: Biloxi 4, Pensacola 3
  • Monday: Biloxi @ Pensacola | 6:35 pm

Carolina Mudcats (A+) | 10-13

  • Friday: Carolina 9, Frederick 11
  • Saturday: Carolina 3, Frederick 4
  • Saturday: Carolina 3, Frederick 7
  • Sunday: Carolina 10, Frederick 8
  • Monday: Buies Creek @ Carolina

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) | 10-11

  • Friday: Wisconsin @ Burlington (PPD)
  • Saturday: Wisconsin @ Burlington (Cancelled)
  • Sunday: Wisconsin @ Burlington (PPD)
  • Monday: Off Day

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

Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Friday, April 28
Milwaukee Brewers Minor League Roundup: Week 3
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Saturday, April 29
Milwaukee Brewers Daily Prospect Report: Sunday, April 30

News and Notes

Shuckers’ Wilkerson steps away from baseball with baby on the way | Patrick Magee,

Aaron Wilkerson was placed on the temporary inactive list recently as he and his wife prepared for the birth of their first child.

What changed for Gatewood? | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

After struggling in his first years in the minors, Jake Gatewood is showing improvement at this plate this season.

Outfielders to spare… | Lane Grindle, Minor Details

With the addition of Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Sky Sox roster, the team now has five outfielders to find playing time for.

NL Central Updates

This Weekend’s Games

Pirates @ Marlins

  • Friday: Pirates 4, Marlins 0
  • Saturday: Pirates 12, Marlins 2
  • Sunday: Pirates 3, Marlins 10

Reds @ Cardinals

  • Friday: Reds @ Cardinals (PPD)
  • Saturday: Reds 5, Cardinals 7
  • Sunday: Reds 5. Cardinals 4

Cubs @ Red Sox

  • Friday: Cubs 7, Red Sox 4
  • Saturday: Cubs 4, Red Sox 5
  • Sunday: Cubs 2, Red Sox 6

Today’s Games

  • Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Reds (Amir Garrett) | 6:10 pm
  • Phillies (Vince Velasquez) @ Cubs (Brett Anderson) | 7:05 pm

Today’s Action

Brewers (Zach Davies) @ Cardinals (Michael Wacha) | 7:15 pm