Monday, December 9, 2013
From staff and news services
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers confirmed Saturday that rookie right-hander Mark Rogers of Orrs Island has made his last appearance of the season.
Rogers, who earned his third straight win Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates, was told of the decision during a meeting Saturday with General Manager Doug Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash, Manager Ron Roenicke and pitching coach Rick Kranitz, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Rogers has pitched a career-high 134 1/3 innings this season over 18 starts with Triple-A Nashville and seven with Milwaukee. He was 3-1 with a 3.92 earned-run average and 41 strikeouts in 39 innings for the Brewers.
"We thought if he pitches one or two more outings for us, is it going to change our mind or the way we feel about him? I don't think it will," Roenicke told the Journal Sentinel. "So to be on the safe side, we thought it was the right thing to do.
"Frankly, if I still had question marks about him and Doug still had question marks about him, he would probably start a couple more times to really get a feel on, 'Can he pitch here or not?' His stuff is good, and it gets out really good major-league hitters."
Rogers has had two shoulder surgeries and surgery on both wrists because of carpal tunnel syndrome since he was drafted in the first round in 2004. Before this season his career high for innings pitched was 116 innings in 2010.
He said he wasn't surprised by the news, though he'd prefer to stay in the rotation.
"I kind of expected it to be coming after talking about it for a while now," he said. "At the same time, I still want to keep pitching. I think if I didn't want to keep pitching, that'd be a problem. I still feel very good, I'm competitive and things are going well right now, so obviously you want to keep taking the ball every five days. And actually, I don't feel like we're out of (the playoff race), either. I feel like we're right there.
"But then again, there's a lot of people smarter than me making the decision. And I've been down the injury road before and that is the very last thing I want to happen. It's nice to be able to say I'm going into the offseason 100 percent healthy. I can do everything I need to do to be perfect for spring training next year, and at this point, that's my goal."
INDIANS: Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera was scratched from the lineup because of a sore right wrist.
WHITE SOX: Adam Dunn, the major league home run leader, was out of the starting lineup because of a strained oblique.
TWINS: The team activated right-hander P.J. Walters from the 60-day disabled list.