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MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - INSIDE PITCH
It has been no secret that other teams have been interested in relief pitchers the Brewers have been using to hold leads on a last-place team. Thus, it was no real shock Tuesday when general manager Doug Melvin sent veteran closer Francisco Rodriguez to Baltimore.
The real news for the Brewers was that they acquired third base prospect Nick Delmonico in the deal. Not that long ago, the Orioles had told Melvin they wouldn't part with Delmonico for Rodriguez but when other teams joined the chase, they changed their minds.
Delmonico, 21, a left-handed hitter, was the Orioles' sixth-round draft pick in 2011. He was rated the No 4 prospect in Baltimore's system by Baseball America.
This season, Delmonico was batting .244 with 13 home runs and 30 RBIs in 60 games with high Class A Frederick. His 13 homers led the team.
"He's a young, left-handed hitting prospect that we really liked in the 2011 draft," said Melvin. "Our scouts liked him then and we followed him as a professional.
"This was an opportunity we couldn't turn down to add young players to our system. He's a player with good baseball instincts. He's known for being a very good hitter."
The Brewers are very thin at third base in their system, so picking up a prospect at that position for a veteran reliever who will be a free agent after the season was a nice move by Melvin.
"Francisco has been nothing but a real professional with us," said Melvin. "He's a great competitor. We like him a lot. It's unfortunate our season is where it's at and moves like this have to be made. I would rather be in a pennant race and keep him but that's the way things go.
"We feel very good about getting a young player like Nick, a third baseman with a left-handed bat. He'll fit in with some of our younger players. He'll be assigned to Brevard (County) of the Florida State League."
Melvin said he had as many as six clubs interested in Rodriguez at one point but narrowed it down to three that had serious interest in the end. With Rodriguez gone, Melvin said Jim Henderson and John Axford would both be considered for the closer's role. Both have done it in the past.
Melvin also said he is not motivated to trade starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who has been the subject of much speculation prior to the July 31 deadline.
MLB Team Report - Milwaukee Brewers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 5-5
NEXT: Padres (Edinson Volquez, 7-8, 5.73) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, 8-8, 4.58)
--CF Carlos Gomez snapped out of a lengthy slump with a 4-for-4 performance Wednesday in the Brewers' 3-1 victory over the Padres in Milwaukee. Gomez came into the game with just three hits -- two of them home runs -- in his previous 42 at-bats but doubled his first two times up and finished with two RBI. Gomez was hitting .319 after going 4-for-5 against the Mets July 5 but the slump dropped his average to .289 heading into Wednesday's game.
--RHP Yovani Gallardo returns to the mound Thursday, looking for third consecutive victory. Gallardo evened his record to 8-8 on the season after holding the Marlins scoreless through 6 1/3 innings last Saturday at Miller Park. He's 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA in seven career starts against the Padres, including a victory earlier this season when he allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings at Petco Park April 23.
--RHP Kyle Lohse evened his record for the first time this season after giving up just one run in seven innings as the Brewers beat the Padres, 3-1, Wednesday in Milwaukee. He struck out seven Wednesday while throwing a season-high 112 pitches. Lohse has won four of his last five decisions and is 6-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his last 11 starts after beginning the season 1-6 with a 4.32 ERA.
--RF Norichika Aoki singled, was hit by a pitch and scored twice in the Brewers' 3-1 victory Wednesday against the Padres. Since July 1, Aoki is hitting .333 (26-for-78) with two walks, two doubles, five RBIs and eight runs scored and has reached base safely in 16 of 18 games this month.
--RHP Jim Henderson worked around a two-out walk Wednesday to record his 11th save of the season and his first since June 21. Henderson returned to the closer's role after the Brewers traded Francisco Rodriguez to the Orioles on Tuesday for a minor league third baseman. Henderson took over for John Axford earlier in the season and converted his first nine save opportunities before suffering a hamstring injury that opened the door for Rodriguez. In all, Henderson is 3-3 with a 2.15 ERS in 39 appearances this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It looks like he's really on pitches. He's staying down. When he's swinging like that, he's on his game." -- Manager Ron Roenicke on RHP Kyle Lohse after a 3-1 win over San Diego on Wednesday.
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