Kintzler relieved to move on from painful knee injury

Now with both legs to stand on at Brewers camp, right-hander 'hasn't felt this good in a while'

Kintzler relieved to move on from painful knee injury

PHOENIX -- The bus rides were the worst for Brandon Kintzler. Whenever the Brewers reliever would cram into his seat for a ride to a stadium or an airport, his left knee would begin barking with pain from a partially torn patella tendon. Kintzler pitched around the problem for two seasons before undergoing a surgical fix in October.

When he takes the mound for an inning of relief against the Angels on Thursday, during the Brewers' Cactus League opener, Kintzler will finally have both legs under him.

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Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

Lohse starting Thursday's Cactus League tilt, in line for April 6 assignment

Brewers hint at Opening Day plan with spring rotation

PHOENIX -- The Brewers offered a clue about their Opening Day plans by revealing their Cactus League pitching rotation on Tuesday.

After Mike Fiers starts an exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday, Kyle Lohse will start in Tempe, Ariz., against the Angels on Thursday (2:10 p.m. CT on MLB.TV), and Matt Garza will pitch against the Dodgers on Friday (2:05 p.m. CT on MLB.TV). They will be followed by Wily Peralta, Fiers again, and then Jimmy Nelson.

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Brewers clear roster spot for visa-delayed K-Rod

Brewers clear roster spot for visa-delayed K-Rod

PHOENIX -- The Brewers don't expect recently re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to arrive at Spring Training for at least another week, but now they have a roster spot for him.

The team on Tuesday sent right-hander Brooks Hall outright to Triple-A Colorado Springs after the 24-year-old, 6-foot-5 right-hander cleared waivers. The move cleared one spot on a previously full 40-man roster, for Rodriguez, even though the Brewers were still finalizing contract language with agent Scott Boras, and Rodriguez has yet to secure a work visa.

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Off the radar: Crew eschewing speed readings

Off the radar: Crew eschewing speed readings

PHOENIX -- As their exhibition season gets underway Wednesday against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, you would think it's time for the Brewers to unpack the radar guns they shipped down from Milwaukee. Think again.

"We're not even going to open the box," assistant GM Gord Ash said. "Not until March 15."

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Brewers close deals with remaining unsigned players

Brewers close deals with remaining unsigned players

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today, some deals done:

Scooter Gennett and Jean Segura agreed to terms, and Will Smith's contract was renewed Tuesday at the Brewers' self-imposed deadline for signing their pre-arbitration players. The salary figures were not immediately known.

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Parra fine with reserve role in Brewers' outfield

Parra fine with reserve role in Brewers' outfield

PHOENIX -- Gerardo Parra is the rare Gold Glove finalist without a spot in a starting lineup. But if his place in the Brewers' pecking order is bothersome, especially considering he's entering a contract year, Parra wouldn't let on while the tape recorders were rolling.

"No, I'm happy," he said. "I don't think nothing like that, like we have a lot of outfielders. The only thing is working and playing every day and doing my job."

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Brewers prepare to launch free podcast

Brewers prepare to launch free podcast

PHOENIX -- New Brewers broadcaster Jeff Levering reported to camp this week to begin recording segments for the team's first self-produced podcast.

"Brewers on Tap" will include interviews with players and fans, contests and other features, and will be available via Brewers.com and iTunes.

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Morris looks to climb back into Brewers' first-base mix

Non-roster player's solid Triple-A campaign last season derailed by forearm fracture

Morris looks to climb back into Brewers' first-base mix

PHOENIX -- Hunter Morris, once the Brewers' heir apparent to Prince Fielder at first base, finds himself exiled from the 40-man roster and sliding down the depth chart. He knows exactly what's at stake this spring.

"There's still an opportunity to go out and change the team's mind," said Morris, who is now 26. "I certainly haven't slid completely out of the picture, but it's going to take some work to get back to being in that mix at first base. I'm fine with that at this point."

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Henderson on road to recovery

Brewers reliever feels good after right shoulder surgery last season

Henderson on road to recovery

PHOENIX -- Unless Mother Nature has other ideas, Brewers reliever Jim Henderson will encounter a milestone on Sunday, when he is scheduled to face hitters for the first time since last year's right shoulder surgery.

It's only live batting practice, but Henderson views it as a notable step in his comeback bid.

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Brewers will be in run mode again

Manager Roenicke wants to be aggressive on bases again this season

Brewers will be in run mode again

PHOENIX -- Even after putting the brakes on some of the Brewers' aggressive baserunning late last season, manager Ron Roenicke has not wavered in his belief that taking chances on the bases creates more benefit than harm.

"No question about it," Roenicke said. "I think if you're more aggressive on offense, you'll be more aggressive on defense, which you need to be. I think the freedom, that they're not stressed and they're not looking over their shoulder at us, that creates a better opportunity for them to perform well."

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After 2015 season, Aramis will call it a career

Brewers third baseman decides to make 20th professional campaign his last

After 2015 season, Aramis will call it a career

PHOENIX -- Shedding light on why he exercised his half of a mutual option with the Brewers rather than seek a multiyear contract in free agency, Aramis Ramirez said his 20th professional season will also be his last.

"I don't want a multiyear deal," Ramirez said. "I'm going to play this year, and probably be done after this year. I don't know if I want to play after this year. I think this is it. I had a nice career, and I think enough is enough."

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Last Call: Brewers report strong individual ticket sales

Brewers bench coach talks about not having his brother on the staff

Last Call: Brewers report strong individual ticket sales

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today, hot tickets off the frozen presses:

• The Brewers reported selling 101,000 tickets by 3 p.m. CT on Saturday, the first day of individual sales. That's a 10,000 ticket bump from a year ago, and just shy of the single-day record of 104,000 set in 2009.

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Phil Rogers

Family ties give Aramis good reason to end stellar career

Brewers third baseman ready to move forward following 2015 season

Family ties give Aramis good reason to end stellar career

PHOENIX -- All-Star third basemen don't grow on trees, especially not three-time All-Stars.

Then there's Aramis Ramirez. He would have been a four-time All-Star, but declined to make a last-minute trip to Phoenix as a replacement in 2011. He and his family had made plans when he was initially named to Bruce Bochy's team and he didn't feel right breaking them, as much as he would have liked to hang with the game's best players.

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Brewers will look at all angles to find Ramirez's replacement

Brewers will look at all angles to find Ramirez's replacement

PHOENIX -- Brewers officials weren't surprised Friday when Aramis Ramirez announced he intends to retire after this season. Club officials had already been thinking about who's on deck to play third base.

"You'd like to have a young guy [to take over]," GM Doug Melvin said. "We just don't have him right now. You never know. We've got depth at shortstop."

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Timber Rattlers unveil new funnel cake cheeseburger

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Timber Rattlers unveil new funnel cake cheeseburger

I'm not sure about you, but buying a ticket to a baseball game is an implicit agreement between myself and society that I am being permitted to eat as much as want, judgment free. If I feel like eating 18 hot dogs in nine innings, this is the place to do it.

Fortunately, the Timber Rattlers, the Class-A affiliate of the Brewers, and their head chef Tim Hansen understand that. Hence two of their ballpark creations for next year. 

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K-Rod inks two-year deal with Brewers

All-Star closer saved 44 games a season ago in Milwaukee

K-Rod inks two-year deal with Brewers

PHOENIX -- It's Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers ... again.

The veteran reliever agreed Thursday to a two-year, $13 million free-agent contract that includes a club option, giving the Brewers their closer and reuniting Rodriguez with the team that has acquired him on five separate occasions since July 2011. Milwaukee won't make a formal announcement until Rodriguez passes a physical exam and the club clears a 40-man roster spot.

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Attanasio addresses team, emphasizes confidence

Brewers owner said it was an 'active decision' to retain players after tough end to 2014

Attanasio addresses team, emphasizes confidence

PHOENIX -- Brewers owner Mark Attanasio has suggested he was too drowned in disappointment last September to address players before they went home for the winter. So when he stepped forward in the clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park on Thursday, he had plenty to say.

"I had five full months or so to get perspective," Attanasio said as the team took part in its first full-squad workout. "I was able more to focus on a new spring and hope rather than on a difficult last month.

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Brewers' deal with K-Rod shakes up bullpen

Broxton moves down to setup role, while others contend to make team

Brewers' deal with K-Rod shakes up bullpen

PHOENIX -- The Brewers' two-year deal with Francisco Rodriguez caused a ripple effect throughout the rest of the bullpen, but if the man most affected was feeling down about a potentially reduced role, he didn't let on.

"As long as we win, I don't care," said Jonathan Broxton, who was positioned to be the closer before Rodriguez returned Thursday on a two-year, $13 million contract. "I haven't paid attention to it. Somebody said something this morning, so I looked it up. That was it.

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Last Call: K-Rod one of many to keep coming home

Brewers acquire All-Star closer for fifth time since 2011 season

Last Call: K-Rod one of many to keep coming home

PHOENIX -- When there's news out of the early clubhouse session, we'll post a "Morning Brew," which will morph into "Last Call" at the end of the day. It will house the notes and anecdotes that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site.

Today, the return of an old friend:

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Thumb better, Braun vows return to elite

Thumb better, Braun vows return to elite

PHOENIX -- Now comes the real test for Ryan Braun and his meddlesome right thumb. The Brewers outfielder reported to camp Wednesday in full health, vowing to rejoin the list of baseball's elite hitters if he can get through the next six weeks of Spring Training without a setback.

"I feel good. I'm only 31; I should be good," Braun said. "I expect to go out there and be one of the best players in the league."

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Roenicke juggling options for infield depth

Roenicke juggling options for infield depth

PHOENIX -- The Brewers know what their defense-first crop of young shortstops can do at that position, so manager Ron Roenicke will spend the spring judging those players' versatility as he seeks to set personnel for the bench.

After starter Jean Segura, the Brewers have three shortstops on the 40-man roster -- 26-year-old Hector Gomez, 22-year-old Yadiel Rivera and 21-year-old Luis Sardinas -- who have a chance to play in the Major Leagues. Top prospect Orlando Arcia (No. 88 on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list) who is not in big league camp, is also a shortstop. This spring, Roenicke is particularly interested to see Gomez and Sardinas at second base, and Rivera at third.

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After year of heartbreak, Segura sees better days ahead

Following death of son during tough 2014, Brewers' SS primed for big season

After year of heartbreak, Segura sees better days ahead

PHOENIX -- Shortstop Jean Segura arrived at Maryvale Baseball Park on Tuesday bearing news of a better finish to what was an otherwise nightmarish 2014 season.

Segura married a Venezuelan girl named Kellen soon after the season, and the couple welcomed a son, Juan Diego, who was born in Milwaukee in October. His family is with him in the Phoenix area for Spring Training, as is Segura's father, Carlos, who is visiting the United States for the first time and is eager to see his son play in the Major Leagues.

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Tracy Ringolsby

As Braun goes, so go the Brewers

As Braun goes, so go the Brewers

PHOENIX -- This is a critical season for Ryan Braun. Ditto the Brewers.

There is no way to gloss over what Braun means to the franchise. He is the face of the Brewers. He is the guy they made the commitment to keep, looking to build their long-term success around him.

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Fiers not letting Stanton beanball affect pitching style

Fiers not letting Stanton beanball affect pitching style

PHOENIX -- Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers still thinks about the wayward fastball that struck Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton in the face last September, but said he must continue to pitch inside if he's to remain successful in the Major Leagues.

"It's obviously still in my head. You get flashbacks every once in a while," Fiers said. "That moment was really tough for a lot of people, but it's definitely behind. I had to put it behind me pretty quick, you know? We were in a tough situation, in a playoff race. I didn't want to be the one where I hit somebody and I was scared to pitch again, especially with this team needing quality starts going into that last month of the season.

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Thornburg ready to contribute any way he can

'Swiss Army knife' of Brewers' staff to be stretched out during Spring Training

Thornburg ready to contribute any way he can

PHOENIX -- Tyler Thornburg would love to settle into a set role. But for now, the right-hander remains the Swiss Army knife of the Brewers' pitching staff.

Thornburg met Tuesday morning with manager Ron Roenicke and bought into the idea of "stretching out" like a starting pitcher this spring. The idea is to position Thornburg, who's had Major League success as a starter, a long reliever and a late-inning setup man, to help wherever he's most needed later in camp.

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Roenicke mulling lineup puzzle

Several players could fit in same slots, 'good problem' for manager

Roenicke mulling lineup puzzle

PHOENIX -- With the Brewers' first exhibition game nine days away, manager Ron Roenicke said "nothing's set" in the team's batting order. Writing a lineup is proving a more difficult process than in seasons past.

"This is going to be a tough lineup to write up," Roenicke said. "It's a good problem, but it's tough because I see a lot of guys who should be grouped in kind of the same slot. I think we have a lot of guys who are good fifth, sixth hitters. I have to figure out how to do that."

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Brewers put in strong offer for Moncada

Brewers put in strong offer for Moncada

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers believe they were the first team to submit an offer to Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada, but they knew within days that the 19-year-old would be signing elsewhere.

On Monday, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reported Moncada had agreed to a record-smashing $31.5 million bonus from the Red Sox. In practice, signing Moncada will cost the Red Sox $63 million -- the bonus figure, plus a penalty for exceeding their international signing pool. Boston is also now barred from signing a pool-eligible player for more than $300,000 during the next two signing periods.

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Last Call: Gomez seeking more

Center fielder always looking to improve, wants to stay on field

Last Call: Gomez seeking more

PHOENIX -- With Spring Training underway at Maryvale Baseball Park, we're introducing a new feature at Brewers.com that you'll see often this spring. When there's news out of the early clubhouse session, we'll post a "Morning Brew," which will morph into "Last Call" at the end of the day. It will house the notes and anecdotes that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site.

Today, more Maryvale arrivals:

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