Notes: Jenkins 'at peace' with new role

Notes: Jenkins 'at peace' with new role

PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Geoff Jenkins said that he is "at peace" with his new role off the bench, but that he was not ready to talk at length about the situation just yet.

"I don't like it, but I'm at peace with it because now I understand why they're doing it," Jenkins said on Monday in a brief chat with Milwaukee reporters in the dugout at PNC Park. "I still think I'm a great player, and I'll be a great player again."

Manager Ned Yost told Jenkins on Friday that he planned to use 24-year-old Corey Hart as the primary right fielder for the rest of the season, with Gabe Gross likely starting when Hart does not. That meant a significantly reduced role for Jenkins, the longest-tenured Brewer, who still has one year remaining on his contract.

Worried that he would say something he would later regret, Jenkins declined to address the situation over the weekend in Atlanta. He continued to take that stance on Monday at PNC Park.

"At some point I'll talk about it, but not now," he said.

Jenkins said that his relationship with his manager is fine. Yost concurred, saying that it was "perfectly understandable" that Jenkins skipped batting practice on the day he got the news.

"I knew he would be mad," Yost said. "He's a competitor. ... You know what? It takes time for something like that. I think he realizes it's not personal. It's not about him, it's about us. This isn't, like, the end of his career or anything like that."

Yost believes that Jenkins will come back a better player in 2007, and compared the situation with that of September 2003, when he decided to sit shortstop Royce Clayton and take a look at Bill Hall. Yost said that Clayton reacted to the move as a professional, but it was pointed out that Clayton did not return in 2004.

"I don't know what's going to happen," Yost said. "You guys want to look two years into the future. We're taking it day by day, and I'm not even looking into the future. I'm not worried about next year. But if I know Geoff Jenkins, he is going to come back the player that he's capable of being. That, I'm convinced of."

Pressed again to predict whether Jenkins would be playing for the Brewers next season, Yost said, "My crystal ball is played out. I've got to get batteries for it. But yes, for the Brewers, I would imagine."

Ironing it out: In 2004 and 2005, Doug Davis was one of Major League Baseball's most consistent pitchers. The lefty hopes that he has found a fix that will help him finish 2006 in the same vein.

Davis, scheduled to start against the Pirates on Tuesday night, felt that his delivery was "too rotational" and has been working on a mechanical adjustment. It's the pitching equivalent of a hitter trying to be more "quiet" in his swing by limiting extraneous motion.

Does he feel he's on to something?

"I do," Davis said confidently. "Like they say, it's not how you start, it's how you finish. Hopefully, if I finish strong here, they'll want me back."

Davis is in the final year of his contract, though he is arbitration-eligible this winter and thus remains Brewers' property.

This is not the first time Davis has had to tweak his delivery. His 79 walks are third-most in the Majors.

"That's what makes it frustrating," he said. "This is a game of adjustments, and I wish I would have made the adjustment about 20 starts ago."

For the season, Davis is 8-6 with a 5.02 ERA. He has won each of his last three decisions, and the Brewers are 15-10 in his starts.

Black box: The Brewers' road crew has another piece of equipment to lug around the country.

The team used to download electronic scouting reports on their next two opponents onto laptop computers before road trips. Now they travel with a large box containing every digitized scouting report and piece of video on the 29 other teams. The information is compiled by the team's small army of baseball operations personnel, led by video guru Joe Crawford.

"Now we can get all the information we can get at home," Yost said.

Is there such thing as having too much information? Yost said yes, and pointed to Sunday in Atlanta, when the Brewers elected to pitch to Braves catcher Brian McCann with first base open in the seventh inning. The scouting report said that McCann's hole was on low-and-away changeups, which happen to be reliever Matt Wise's specialty. McCann launched a 3-1 pitch for a two-run home run and a 7-4 Braves lead.

"We should have just walked him," Yost said. "You're stuck either way. If he grounds out like he's supposed to, or pops up, you're OK. What if we walk him and tell [Wise] what to do on [Jeff] Francoeur, and he hits a home run?"

On deck: Davis will face Pirates left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, a pitcher Milwaukee faced for just one inning of relief on Sept. 30, 2005. Gorzelanny led the Triple-A International League with 94 strikeouts and ranked fourth with a 2.35 ERA at the time of his July promotion to Pittsburgh.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.