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Date: Team: Pos:

Brewers named Darnell Coles as hitting coach.

The club's previous hitting coach, Jerry Narron, was let go at the end of the regular season. Coles, a former major league outfielder who played for eight different teams, served as the Tigers' assistant hitting coach in 2013. He'll work under Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who was retained despite the team's late-season collapse.
Oct 23 - 12:41 PM

Ryan Braun swung a bat Sunday for the first time undergoing surgery on his right thumb and reported feeling "pretty good."

Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb on October 2. There isn't much of a track record with this type of procedure with a baseball player's thumb, but the Brewers are hoping that it will cut down on the pain and allow him to grip the bat properly again. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the early news is promising.
Oct 13 - 5:56 PM

The Brewers announced on Friday that Ron Roenicke will return as manager next season.

His status had been up in the air after the team's late-season collapse, but ownership ultimately decided to bring Roenicke back. The Brewers did let go of hitting coach Jerry Narron and first base coach Garth Iorg. Roenicke has guided Milwaukee to a 335-313 record over four seasons.
Oct 10 - 3:35 PM

Jeff Bianchi has elected to become a free agent.

Bianchi was outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster on October 8. He had the option of accepting an assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs, but the 28-year-old utility infielder will instead look to catch on with a new team. He's a .216/.251/.283 career hitter.
Oct 9 - 4:04 PM

Matt Pagnozzi has elected to become a free agent.

Pagnozzi was outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster on October 2 and has decided to test the open market rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs. The 31-year-old catcher is a .272/.323/.326 career hitter in 105 major league plate appearances.
Oct 9 - 4:02 PM

Brewers sent SS Jeff Bianchi outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Bianchi doesn't have much upside, batting .171/.203/.186 in 2014. He should still get a shot to make the team out of spring despite being removed from the 40-man roster.
Oct 8 - 10:30 PM

Ryan Braun (thumb) has been cleared to resume swinging a bat.

Braun underwent a cryotherapy procedure on his right thumb on October 2 and was given clearance to swing during a follow-up exam on Monday. "He was given the go-ahead to swing but I don’t think he is scheduled to hit until later in the week," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Tuesday. Braun will test out his pain tolerance while swinging a bat to see if he's experienced notable improvement with a thumb ailment that's plagued him the last two years.
Oct 7 - 10:51 PM

Brewers activated INF Jeff Bianchi from the 60-day disabled list.

The 27-year-old utility infielder is extremely limited offensively, hitting just .171/.203/.186 with six RBI in 70 at-bats for the Brewers in 2014. He's not even worth rostering in NL-only formats.
Oct 4 - 8:35 AM

Ryan Braun will test out his right thumb with some swings on Monday if he has no adverse reaction to the cryotherapy procedure that was performed Thursday.

The operation involved subzero temperatures being introduced with a needle into the damaged nerve at the base of the thumb. If all goes well, he'll test out his pain tolerance Monday and more should be known about a rehab schedule at that point. The Brewers are obviously hopeful that the procedure will allow Braun to return to his former self after he hit a disappointing .266/.324/.453 in 2014.
Oct 3 - 9:17 AM

Brewers sent C Matt Pagnozzi outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Pagnozzi is now off the Brewers' 40-man roster. He batted just .215/.298/.382 this season at the Triple-A level.
Oct 2 - 2:58 PM

Ryan Braun underwent a a cryotherapy procedure on his ailing right thumb on Thursday morning.

The procedure involves the freezing of nerve tissue, and the hope is that it will alleviate Braun of the lingering discomfort in his thumb. But it's never been performed on a thumb, so the Brewers aren't quite sure what to expect. Braun finished the 2014 season with a disappointing .266/.324/.453 slash line and only 19 home runs in 135 games. He should be ready for the start of spring training.
Oct 2 - 2:49 PM

Lyle Overbay said on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's "99.9 percent sure" that he'll retire.

Overbay appeared in 121 games with the Brewers this season while batting just .233/.328/.333 with four home runs and 28 RBI. Assuming he's done, the 37-year-old will finish his career with a .266 batting average to go along with 1,355 hits, 151 home runs and 675 RBI over 14 seasons.
Oct 1 - 12:11 PM

Francisco Rodriguez said this weekend that he would like to re-sign with the Brewers.

But the Brewers probably don't have the means to spend big on a closer, and K-Rod should command some lucrative multi-year offers on the open market this winter after posting a 3.04 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 73/18 K/BB ratio, and 44 saves in 68 innings this season. "I definitely know where I want to be," he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I want to be here. But it is not my decision. There are a lot of things the front office has to do over the course of the winter. They know how I feel. My heart is going to always be here."
Sep 29 - 9:23 AM

Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-4 in Sunday's season finale against the Cubs.

It's fitting that Lucroy ends a strong year with another good game. The two-hit afternoon left Lucroy with a .301/.373/.465 line, 13 home runs, 69 RBI and 73 runs scored. The 28-year-old will enter 2015 as one of the premier options at catcher for fantasy owners.
Sep 28 - 7:03 PM

Mike Fiers gave up four runs -- three earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Cubs Sunday.

It was a disappointing end to a fantastic season for Fiers, as he gave up six hits and a walk in the loss. Fiers finished the year on a three-game losing streak, but the right-hander still ended with a 6-5 record, 2.13 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings. Fiers should have a good shot at making the Brewers' rotation out of spring next season.
Sep 28 - 6:49 PM

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