SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It is becoming increasingly difficult to envision the Brewers' Opening Day roster without Brooks Conrad, the utility man fighting for a job as a non-roster invitee. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke made clear no decisions are cemented, but he conceded Conrad looked like a fit, "when you look at the needs and what we have on our bench." "Being a switch-hitter is really important," Roenicke said, "and covering three out of the four infield positions, he can go to the outfield, he can be a third catcher. It's going to be hard to figure out how he wouldn't be on our team. He's doing an awful lot for what we need."
Conrad's natural position is second base, but he is also capable at third and has gotten playing time at first, where the Brewers need a backup for first-year starter Mat Gamel. Last week, Conrad worked with longtime Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel on some drills behind the plate. Conrad, 32, spent the last three seasons with the Braves. He would earn $510,000 from the Brewers in the Majors. "The last five years I've been mixing around a lot more," said Conrad, who carries four baseball gloves -- first, second and third base, and an outfielder's glove. "It's something you work on a lot and get better throughout the years. It's something that I really like to do."