MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke knew tough questions would be coming Tuesday, the day after it was announced that his club's best player, Ryan Braun, had accepted a season-ending suspension for evidence uncovered in the Biogenesis investigation.
Braun spoke with teammates before the suspension was announced but left Miller Park without talking to the media. That left teammates to answer questions about how Braun could maintain his innocence for so long, which obviously was a lie.
Roenicke admitted that all players are judged on accountability at some point.
"Accountability is important within the team," said Roenicke, whose team lost to the Padres 6-2 Tuesday. "This is a good group that pulls for each other and are with each other every day. Accountability is important. Hopefully somewhere in there these guys feel that they have enough information that they feel fine with. I don't know how much information they need.
"When we talk about the accountability part, I think that they forgive. I do. I think they want to know what goes on. Once they know what goes on, I think they forgive."
Roenicke admitted the stunning Braun news was distracting at this stage but expressed confidence that his team will eventually move past it and focus on baseball again.
"It will take time, but I think they will get over it and we will move forward and see what kind of team we have and where we can finish at the end of the season," said Roenicke. "That is going to be their focus.
"I'll mention it again, but I'm pretty comfortable in knowing that these guys move on. They moved on last year when we had the big injuries that really hurt and we move on this year when we've had the injuries that really hurt. They are pretty good at being focused on what we need to do."
Asked what he expected the reception to be next spring when Braun rejoins the team, Roenicke said, "I'm hoping that he's accepted as a player that would be gone from an injury all year, like a season-ending injury that the player goes to Arizona -- which is where we rehab -- and you wouldn't see him again that year. Obviously this is a different situation than an injury.
"There's a lot more meaning to it and how it affects these guys and baseball. So knowing that, these players are pretty forgiving of their teammates. The staff is pretty forgiving of players just because that's our job.
"Our job is to take whatever 25 men we have here and help them in any way we can. Some of that is not just helping them physically by throwing them BP and ground balls but some of that deals with off-the-field stuff.
"It comes up. It can be a lot of different issues. Different things come up every year. Knowing that that's our job, we're always going to try to be supportive to whatever happens to a player."
MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Lost two
PAST 10 GAMES: 4-6
NEXT: Padres (Sean O'Sullivan, 0-1, 6.42) vs. Brewers (Kyle Lohse, 6-7, 3.49)
--RHP Francisco Rodriguez was traded to the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday for minor league third baseman Nick Delmonico. Rodriguez went 1-1 with a 1.09 ERA with the Brewers in 2013. He signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee on April 17 and four combined appearances with the Brewers Class A and Double-A affiliates, rejoined the Brewers on May 15. He held opponents scoreless in 20 of his 25 appearances this season and was 10-for-10 in save opportunities, recording the 300th of his career on June 22.
--INF Nick Delmonico was dealt by the Orioles to the Brewers in exchange for RHP Francisco Rodriguez. Delmonico, 20, was hitting .244 with 13 home runs for high Class A Frederick this season. He has played first, second and third base in the minors.
--RHP Alfredo Figaro is set to rejoin the Brewers from the 15-day disabled list. Figaro had been out since June 24 due to a strained right oblique but pitched well enough in a rehab appearance Monday to rejoin the team. Figaro began the season in the bullpen but moved into the rotation before getting injured and went 1-2 with a 6.48 ERA in five starts. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he expected to use Figaro in a relief role when he returns.
--RHP Donovan Hand left the game Tuesday night against San Diego after four innings with a bruised right hand. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning.
--RHP Kyle Lohse is 5-1 with a 2.63 ERA in his last 10 starts and will look to continue that success Wednesday when he faces the Padres at Miller Park. Lohse leads the Brewers with 12 quality starts this season and is holding opponents to a .259 batting average in his 21 appearances. In 10 career starts against San Diego, Lohse is 4-4 with a 4.69 ERA. He beat the Padres earlier this season, allowing a run on five hits in five innings back on April 22 at Petco Park for his first victory as a member of the Brewers.
--CF Carlos Gomez was back in the lineup Tuesday. Along with a sore shoulder and elbow, Manager Ron Roenicke said that Gomez was dealing with a thumb injury that has made it difficult to swing a bat or throw a ball. That thumb injury might be one explanation for Gomez's ongoing slump; before sitting out the first of three consecutive games Sunday, Gomez had just three hits -- two of them home runs -- in his previous 39 at-bats, dropping his average from .319 to .292.
--INF Juan Francisco snapped an 0-for-17 skid with a seventh-inning single Tuesday in the Brewers' 6-2 loss to the Padres. Francisco has just two hits in his last 17 at-bats and is batting .237 with seven home runs and 16 RBIs in 38 games since being acquired from Atlanta on June 3.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I went back out for the fourth and it felt good. There was a little swelling on the pinky side, but nothing major. After the fourth, I just couldn't grip the ball anymore, and the swelling went over to the other side. Just a smart thing. Don't want to do something different pitching-wise and hurt something more." -- RHP Donovan Hand, who suffered a right hand contusion when he was hit by a pitch in the third inning of Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Padres.
MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Donovan Hand (right hand contusion) left the July 23 game.
--RHP Alfredo Figaro (strained right oblique) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 24. He began a rehab assignment in the rookie-level Arizona League on July 22. He is set to be activated.
--RHP Donovan Hand (bruised right hand) left the July 23 game. He was hit by a pitch in the third inning.
--RHP Marco Estrada (strained left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 4. He felt discomfort during a rehab appearance with Class A Wisconsin on June 23, and he went to the spring training facility in Phoenix to continue rehabbing. He threw a simulated game July 13. He has had some setbacks in his recovery process and is still two-to-three weeks away from returning.
--3B Aramis Ramirez (sprained left knee) went on the 15-day disabled retroactive to July 7. Ramirez injured the knee during spring training and again earlier in the season, missing 23 games, and hasn't been 100 percent since. He is not close to being ready to play again.
--1B Corey Hart (right knee surgery in January 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 9. He needs surgery on his left knee, and he won't play this season.
--RHP Mark Rogers (right shoulder instability) went on the 15-day disabled list March 25, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 26.
--INF Taylor Green (labral tear and bone spurs in left hip) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 15. He had season-ending surgery April 23.
--1B Mat Gamel (right knee surgery in March 2013) went on the 60-day disabled list March 20. He is out for the season.
RHP Yovani Gallardo
RHP Wily Peralta
RHP Kyle Lohse
LHP Tom Gorzelanny
RHP Donavan Hand
RHP John Axford
LHP Michael Gonzalez
RHP Burke Badenhop
RHP Brandon Kintzler
RHP Jim Henderson
RHP Tyler Thornburg
RHP Alfredo Figaro
1B Yuniesky Betancourt
2B Rickie Weeks
SS Jean Segura
3B Juan Francisco
INF Jeff Bianchi
LF Logan Schafer
CF Carlos Gomez
RF Norichika Aoki
OF Caleb Gindl
OF Khris Davis
OF/INF Sean Halton