September 1, 2013

Rogers removed from Brewers' 40-man roster

From staff reports

Mark Rogers, of Orrs Island, was removed the Milwaukee Brewers' 40-man roster on Friday, according to a blog about the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Mark Rogers of Orrs Island, a former first-round draft pick, was excluded from the 40-man roster by the Milwaukee Brewers. Rogers will be a minor league free agent after the World Series.

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Rogers can be a minor league free agent after the World Series.

Rogers, 27, was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft. He has been plagued by shoulder and hand surgeries. Last July and August, he went 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA in seven starts.

Rogers was expected to compete for a spot this season but suffered from diminished velocity in spring training that the Brewers attributed to “shoulder instability,” and he never made it past Double-A, according to the blog. Rogers did touch 93 mph in his most recent start for advanced Class A Brevard County on Thursday but was not considered for a September call-up to Milwaukee.

Assistant GM Gord Ash did not rule out re-signing Rogers to a minor league contract, but nothing is guaranteed.

“We just talked to him [Friday], told him to finish his season in Brevard, go home after that and we’ll be in touch,” Ash said.

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