Roenicke meets with GM Melvin

Roenicke meets with GM Melvin

Roenicke meets with GM Melvin
MILWAUKEE -- Before his daily sessions with the media on Wednesday, manager Ron Roenicke met with general manager Doug Melvin and assistant GM Gord Ash.

"Just talking about what's going on with the club and trying to figure out how to get this thing going a little better," Roenicke said of the lengthy discussion.

Entering the series finale with the Giants, the Brewers sat seven games out of first place in the National League Central with a 17-26 record. Eight losses in the last 10 games have dropped the club from three games under .500 to nine.

Fortunately for the Crew, they have only lost two games in the standings over that stretch.

Milwaukee has not won consecutive games since taking two of three from Chicago on May 11-12. Two impressive wins -- 8-0 over the Mets and 16-4 over the Twins -- have not provided the type of spark Roenicke and the Brewers had hoped.

And if things don't change soon, the personnel on the field might.

"If there is [a move] right away, it'd be minor. And then we'll see what happens," Roenicke said.

"Doug's always looking. He and Zack [Minasian, director of professional scouting] and his crew are looking for ways to improve what we have. It's not to say that we're giving up on people. But with the injuries, there's a couple of positions where we can improve ourselves."

Those positions would be shortstop, first base and in the rotation, as the Brewers have lost Alex Gonzalez, Mat Gamel and Chris Narveson to season-ending injuries. Shortstop in particular is a position that could use an upgrade -- especially offensively -- with the loss of Gonzalez.

But the current solutions at those spots -- Cesar Izturis and Edwin Maysonet at shortstop, Taylor Green and Travis Ishikawa at first base, and Marco Estrada as the fifth starter -- are not the biggest issue, Roenicke said.

It is the lack of production from such veterans as Aramis Ramirez and Rickie Weeks that has played a larger role in the Brewers' struggles.

"The guys we have are the group that we were counting on this year to do well. It's not these other guys' fault," Roenicke said. "The guys that were injured, they were just going to be a huge plus to that group that we were hoping would do well. And we need to get that group doing well."