PHOENIX -- On the eve of the Cactus League opener, the Brewers reassigned four players to Minor League camp on Tuesday, including former first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers. Besides Rogers, pitcher Alex Periard, outfielder Jason Bourgeois and catcher Martin Maldonado packed their bags and moved to the Minor League complex at Maryvale Baseball Park, where a mini-camp is under way. Injuries were behind the moves for Rogers (shoulder), Periard (shoulder) and Bourgeois (broken pinkie), while Maldonado was sent out because the team has seven other catchers in camp. Bourgeois will be called back to big league camp when his left pinkie heals, manager Ken Macha said.
Rogers participated in live batting practice last week but remains on a strict throwing schedule that club officials believe can be better managed in Minor League camp. He has not pitched in a game since 2006 because of two shoulder surgeries. "Even though he's had these surgeries, I think everybody is really looking forward to him coming back," Macha said. "They still feel good about him being a productive pitcher." Periard, 21, was unable to participate in his first big league camp because of lingering shoulder tightness that began in October during the Arizona Fall League. Club medical officials are convinced that the injury is not more serious, and they have not yet ordered an MRI scan. Still, Periard said enjoyed his brief stay in big league camp. "It was a good week, a good experience," he said while hauling his bag across the parking lot. "I watched the guys do their bullpen, the way they prepared. That will help me." Rogers and Periard will remain on the team's 40-man roster for the time being, a Brewers spokesperson said. At some point in March, they will be optioned to a Minor League affiliate.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.