Mt. Ararat High School graduate Mark Rogers could be close to pitching in his first major league baseball game.

Rogers, a right-hander from Orrs Island, was Milwaukee’s first-round pick in the 2004 draft. The Brewers may be on verge of adding him to their major league roster.

“He flew to Milwaukee Tuesday and worked out,” said Jack Toffey, a Boston-based sports agent who represents Rogers. “It’s my understanding he will be activated at some point.”

According to a report filed Wednesday morning on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website, Rogers was in Milwaukee undergoing motion analysis tests.

Pitching this season at Double-A Huntsville, the 24-year-old Rogers was 6-8 with a 3.71 ERA in 24 starts. In 111 2/3 innings, he had 111 strikeouts and limited opponents to a .210 batting average.

“I don’t think we’ll be seeing him here again,” said Huntsville General Manager Buck Rogers. “He belongs in Triple-A.”

It was Rogers’ second full season back on the mound after missing the previous two seasons recovering from shoulder surgery.

Last March during spring training, Rogers told the Press Herald he was finally able to focus entirely on his pitching and not on the health of his right shoulder for the first time since 2006.

Rogers’ medical problems began during the 2006 season when he injured his right shoulder while at Class A Brevard County.

On Jan. 12, 2007, Rogers had surgery to repair a torn labrum and tighten a loose ligament in his right shoulder. About 18 months later, after sitting out the 2007 season, he had surgery to remove scar tissue, which forced him to miss the 2008 season.

While spending the 2009 season at Brevard County, Rogers compiled a 1.67 ERA in 22 starts while limited to a strict pitch count.

This season, Rogers spent a portion of August on the disabled list after developing a blister on his pitching hand.

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