Skipper not worried about errors

Skipper not worried about errors

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After watching his team tally a trio of errors for the second straight game, Brewers manager Ned Yost brushed aside the notion that his defense is scuffling.

"It's Spring Training and infields are hard," Yost said after Sunday's 8-4 win over Seattle. "They're working really hard and they're doing a lot of extra work. It's hard to play down here. Everybody has trouble playing down here."

Yost has labeled team defense his top priority this season, and a key reason for the Brewers' disappointing tumble from the top of the National League Central standings in 2007. Milwaukee tied for the NL's fourth-highest error total last season (109) and made a number of offseason moves to bolster the defense. Signing free-agent center fielder Mike Cameron and catcher Jason Kendall were chief among those moves.

Second baseman Rickie Weeks, who has focused extensively on becoming a better defender over the last three years, has been charged with an error in two straight games and leads the Brewers with five errors this spring. Pitcher Seth McClung and first baseman Eric Munson (a catcher who was filling in for Prince Fielder) committed the other errors Sunday.

Weeks, Fielder and third baseman Bill Hall have been participating in morning drills with third-base coach and infield instructor Dale Sveum to smooth out their defense. On their day to take part in those sessions, the player has the game off.

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