Roenicke hopes Brewers vault into playoff contention

Roenicke hopes Brewers vault into playoff contention

ST. LOUIS -- Are the Brewers postseason contenders? It appears that manager Ron Roenicke wants to see how this weekend at Busch Stadium goes before making a determination.

Asked about the plan for recently-recalled right-hander Tyler Thornburg, Roenicke said there was "not a definite plan. We want to see how we do in this series, and whether we slip him in to go to a six-man rotation or we slip him in the bullpen to pitch some before he goes into that [starting] slot again."

The Brewers made a late run up the National League Wild Card standings by winning 11 of 13 games from Aug. 20-Sept. 2, moving from 12 1/2 games back of the second Wild Card berth -- currently held by the Cardinals -- to 6 1/2 games back. After splitting a four-game series in Miami, the Brewers were seven games behind the Cardinals entering a three-game series. After that comes three games against the Wild Card-leading Braves.

"Then, we'll see where we are," Roenicke said. "Shoot, we can't wait any longer. We've played well for a long time and it got us in this position, and I've really enjoyed watching these guys play. Just to see us back up on that board again, even if it's the last one, in the Wild Card hunt, it's nice to see."