Roster decisions on tap for Brewers

Roster decisions on tap for Brewers

PHOENIX -- Brewers officials gathered in a conference room at Maryvale Baseball Park following Monday's rainout for another roster debate. With the March 30 deadline to set a 25-man roster quickly approaching, those discussions have become more serious, manager Ron Roencike said.

"They've changed," Roenicke explained.

General manager Doug Melvin and Co. have a board with players' names, and they piece together possible roster combinations. Partly because of some spring injuries, the club faces decisions in nearly every area -- several openings in the bullpen, probably two in the outfield with Corey Hart out and one backup infield slot. The Brewers will likely start the year with four starting pitchers on the roster and eight relievers, but will have to send down a bullpen arm by April 6 to bring in a fifth starter.

The conversations also include talk of the players who may miss the cut. If regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy is ready for Opening Day, for example, backup candidates George Kottaras and Wil Nieves are both out of Minor League options. Ditto for an outfielder like Brandon Boggs, who is battling Chris Dickerson and Jeremy Reed for a job.

"Doug is looking at some things there," Roenicke said.