Roenicke: Gennett will start for Brewers Tuesday, AAA pitching call-up possible
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke signals to pitcher Wily Peralta during the Milwaukee Brewers- Chicago White Sox exhibition baseball game at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Friday, March 29, 2013. Journal Sentinel photo by RICK WOOD/ RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Rick Wood
Milwaukee Brewers Scooter Gennett sends a line shot to first base, during their spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.(Photo/Roy Dabner) ORG XMIT: RD156 Image by Roy Dabner
Milwaukee Brewers Hiram Burgos delivers a pitch, during the first inning of their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.(Photo/Roy Dabner) ORG XMIT: RD114 Image by Roy Dabner
Milwaukee Brewers Hiram Burgos delivers a pitch, during the second inning of their spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.(Photo/Roy Dabner) ORG XMIT: RD124 Image by Roy Dabner
MILWAUKEE - With the Milwaukee Brewers double-digits in games behind the leaders in the NL Central, the team has made dramatic changes in its roster.
The first evidence of the fruits of such change could come Tuesday night, as second baseman Scooter Gennett starts for the Brewers against the Oakland A's at Miller Park.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke mentioned the move during Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Brewers 360."
"He's always been a pretty good hitter. He's getting a lot better defensively," said Roenicke on "Wisconsin's Morning News" about Gennett. He started the year at the Brewers' farm club in Nashville.
"He got off to a good start in AAA...he was doing real well defensively. We've got a well rounded player. He plays with some energy."
You can listen to Tuesday night's game with Bob Uecker and Joe Block on your radio at 6:35 p.m. from Miller Park on 620WTMJ.
Another set of changes could come in the starting pitching staff after the injury to Marco Estrada in Monday night's loss.
When asked if the Brewers could pick up a pitcher from AAA Nashville, Roenicke said, "it's possible."
That could happen if Marco Estrada misses more than a few starts from his injury.
"We'll have a lot better idea of how sore it is today. He didn't think it was bad last night. I don't think it will be too many starts, one start, maybe a couple."
The Brewers also could bring back Hiram Burgos from injury.
"He's on his way back. We'll see exactly where he is on the day he comes off the DL. I don't expect him to be back, pitching today."
Roenicke admits that the team has needed some change following the worst full month by winning percentage in team history back in May.
"We're trying to do something to get on the right track. It's hard to sit back and watch the way we've been playing. Trying to do whatever we can to make this team better," said Roenicke.
"The moves have a chance to do that. We'll keep at it. Doug (Melvin, the Brewers GM) is always looking to improve the team."