Player News - Brewers

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Jimmy Nelson was chased after giving up four runs (two earned) over five innings Friday against the Cubs.

Nelson dug himself an early hole by giving up a leadoff homer to Dexter Fowler in the first inning and a three-spot in the second. He walked three and struck out three in the loss and now has just one win in his last nine starts. Nelson owns a solid 3.40 ERA through 20 starts this season, but his walks are up from last season and he’s striking out fewer batters. The Diamondbacks are next on his calendar.
Jul 22 - 11:50 PM

Ryan Braun slugged a solo homer and drew a walk in Friday’s loss to the Cubs.

His fourth-inning blast against Jason Hammel was his 14th home run on the year and his first since June 29. Braun has now hit safely in seven straight games and is hitting .315/.373/.516 on the year.
Jul 22 - 11:49 PM

Jonathan Villar hit his seventh home run of the season in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

Villar took Pirates starter Francisco Liriano deep for the solo shot in the third inning. He finished 1-for-4 in the game. The power is an added bonus -- Thursday's homer tied his single-season high -- but Villar's speed has been his selling point this year, as he still leads the National League with 34 swipes. The 25-year-old is hitting .301/.384/.430 in his breakout year.
Jul 21 - 10:44 PM

Hernan Perez went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored Thursday against the Pirates.

Perez was one of the few Brewers able to get to Pirates starter Francisco Liriano, knocking the run-scoring double in the seventh inning. The multi-hit game was his third in a row, and Perez has now hit in five straight. The infielder is batting .279/.304/.422 in 57 games.
Jul 21 - 10:37 PM

Matt Garza allowed five runs -- four earned -- over five innings in Thursday's loss to the Pirates.

Garza gave up eight hits, including a home run, while walking two in the start. The loss was his fourth in a row after going 1-0 in his first three starts. The right-hander has a 5.94 ERA and 1.76 WHIP in his seven starts this year, and he'll look to break the losing streak Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.
Jul 21 - 10:31 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Jonathan Lucroy is getting a planned day off Thursday.

Trade speculation surfaced as soon as Thursday's lineup card was released, but Lucroy is staying put for now. Still, there's a good chance he's dealt by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline.
Jul 21 - 5:26 PM

Jonathan Lucroy is not in the Brewers' starting lineup Thursday night against the Pirates.

Commence the trade speculation. Lucroy tallied three RBI and a stolen base on Wednesday night, but Martin Maldonado will get the nod at catcher Thursday. He is batting eighth versus Bucs lefty Francisco Liriano.
Jul 21 - 3:57 PM

Brewers pitching prospect Adrian Houser underwent Tommy John elbow surgery on Thursday.

He'll be out for the next 12-18 months. Houser, a second-round pick of the Astros in 2011, had registered a 5.25 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 56/22 K/BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings this season with Double-A Biloxi. Milwaukee acquired him from Houston last year in the Carlos Gomez trade.
Jul 21 - 1:32 PM

Brewers C prospect Mitch Ghelfi tallied four hits Wednesday in a win for Low-A Wisconsin.

He doubled twice and also drew a walk. Ghelfi has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, batting an absurd .571 with nine RBI during that span. The hot streak has lifted his season average from .278 to .330. That's good for fifth-highest in the Midwest League. He's also fifth in on base percentage (.389) and seventh in OPS (.832). The 23-year-old was a 28th round pick in last year's draft.
Source: MILB.com
Jul 21 - 10:02 AM

Ryan Braun finished 2-for-4, walked, stole a base and scored three runs on Wednesday.

One of the hits was a triple. Braun spent a lot of time running around the bases tonight, which is a pleasing sight for his owners. All that running is a sign that Braun is fully healthy for once, and a fully healthy Ryan Braun can be a fantasy monster. He is batting .316/.373/.512 with 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 8 stolen bases.
Jul 21 - 12:41 AM

Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and added a stolen base as the Brewers beat the Pirates 9-5 on Wednesday.

He drove in two runners with a single to left in the sixth inning, then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in an insurance run in the eighth inning. Lucroy's name is swirling in trade rumors but it hasn't been a distraction for the All Star catcher. He is batting .305/.362/.492 with 12 home runs in 311 at-bats.
Jul 21 - 12:22 AM

Chase Anderson was charged with three runs on six hits in his four innings of action in a no-decision on Wednesday.

If he had lasted one more inning he would have been credited with a win despite the poor effort. Short outings have been the norm for Anderson. He has started 18 games but has pitched only 90 innings. His 69/35 K/BB ratio, 4-10 record and 5.50 ERA make him a poor option for fantasy rosters.
Jul 21 - 12:15 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Indians are "in talks" for a potential Jonathan Lucroy trade.

There are no details as to who the Indians might have to give up in return for Lucroy. As far as available catchers go, the 30-year-old backstop is about as reliable as they come. This season, he is slashing .305/.362/.494 with 12 homers and 45 RBI over the course of 308 at-bats. Lucroy has told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman that he would like to play for a contender. At 55-38 and holding a seven-game lead in the AL Central, the Indians would fit that bill.
Jul 20 - 5:18 PM

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Giants have scouted Brewers relievers Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress in their ongoing search for bullpen help.

Crasnick says the Giants are also showing interest in Phillies relievers Jeanmar Gomez and David Hernandez. San Francisco has been tied to Yankees stars Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, but the feeling is the Cubs and Nationals match up better there. Smith, 27, boasts a 2.12 ERA and 0.88 WHIP in 17 innings since returning from a torn LCL in early June. He is under club control through 2019. Jeffress, 28, has a 2.29 ERA and 23 saves in 24 attempts as a first-year closer.
Jul 20 - 9:23 AM

Hernan Perez finished 2-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Pirates on Tuesday.

Perez had an RBI groundout in the fourth inning, but it was his hit with two runners on and two outs in the ninth inning -- against Pirates closer Mark Melancon, no less -- that tied the game briefly. In 55 games as a part-timer, the 25-year-old is hitting .267/.289/.411 with five homers, 24 RBI, 13 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.
Jul 20 - 12:18 AM


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