Thames scratched; Broxton exits with sore wrist

Thames scratched; Broxton exits with sore wrist

PHOENIX -- The Brewers scratched first baseman Eric Thames from the lineup with a sore right knee, then saw center fielder Keon Broxton exit with pain in his right wrist after three innings of Friday's 8-5 loss to the Royals at Maryvale Baseball Park.

Manager Craig Counsell characterized both issues as minor. Both players were deemed day-to-day.

"Just being cautious," Counsell said.

Broxton broke the same wrist last September while crashing into the ivy-covered brick wall at Wrigley Field, and attributed the discomfort he felt on a check swing Friday to a small bone chip in the joint.

"It's still in there, and they said whenever you move it in a certain direction, it brushes against the ligaments a little bit and can cause some pain," Broxton said. "It's nothing to really be alarmed about. It was definitely going to happen at one point in time, but it will be fine."

Thames, meanwhile, experienced soreness in his knee and hamstring in the wake of Wednesday's game against the Rockies, Counsell said.

Thames hit his first Cactus League home run earlier this week in a 7-7 tie against Cubs, and was showing signs of getting going at the plate with three hits in his last six at-bats. Jesus Aguilar, who is bidding for a bench job as Thames' backup, made the start against Kansas City.

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Susac sidelined, frustrated

Andrew Susac remains hopeful that his stiff neck will clear up in a matter of days, but it's the timing of his absence that is tough. Susac is one of three catchers, with Jett Bandy and Manny Pina, vying for two spots on the Opening Day roster.

Susac and Bandy have Minor League options remaining. Pina is out of options.

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"I was starting to feel pretty good at the plate, too," said Susac, who has been sidelined since being scratched from Tuesday's game against the Cubs. "It is what it is. You can't really do anything about it. We're just looking for slow progress right now, and get it back right. It could be a thing where I wake up tomorrow and feel good.

"The longer we wait, the longer the recovery process is going to be. We're just trying to get this thing solved, and get it done."

Said GM David Stearns: "I certainly understand the frustration. The good news is he has had a lot of ABs to this point, and we've got plenty of time before we have to make that decision. And obviously, those types of decisions are not determined exclusively on Spring Training performance. There is a lot else that goes into that as well."

Last call

Former All-Star right-hander Ben Sheets visited Maryvale Baseball Park on Friday with one of his sons' Little League teams from Louisiana. There were plenty of familiar faces; besides catching up with manager Craig Counsell and other Brewers, Sheets ran into Royals manager Ned Yost and hitting coach Dale Sveum, who spent time on Milwaukee's staff during Sheets' tenure.

Sheets' sons, Seaver and Miller, threw ceremonial first pitches before the game.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.