Tuesday's Interleague game against the Twins marks the start of a nine-game homestand, and Rick Schlesinger, the Brewers' executive vice president of business operations, said fans shouldn't notice anything at all. Players, though, will essentially be working in a construction zone.
"The building is coming back to life," Schlesinger said.
The key concern on Sunday afternoon was the electrical system. As the Brewers were playing the final innings of their 3-2 loss in Detroit, power was just being restored at Miller Park, substation by substation.
Water rose knee-high in several areas of the ballpark's service level, which includes office and storage space for the Brewers, Sportservice and the sheriff's department. It was only ankle-deep in the main areas of the clubhouse, according to a team spokesperson, sparing the equipment left behind in the players' lockers.
The situation was worse in the training room, so head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger and assistant Dan Wright will have some work to do before Tuesday's game to determine what works and what was waterlogged.
Ditto in the team's video room, where hardware on low shelves was likely destroyed. Video coordinator Joe Crawford planned to head inside for a look after the Brewers returned home Sunday evening.
"As power goes on in different sectors of the ballpark, we are more able to assess the damage," Schlesinger said at the same moment Craig Counsell slammed his eighth-inning home run against the Tigers. "Until just a few hours ago, we were operating with flashlights and emergency power."
The batting cages were also damaged, Schlesinger said. He planned to speak with general manager Doug Melvin before the end of the day to discuss solutions. The Brewers may have to bring in temporary cages, at least to start the week.
Manager Ken Macha gathered players briefly on Sunday morning for a status report and told them to stay away on Monday's off-day. Typically, some players go to the ballpark for treatment or a workout.
"There's some serious damage, but I think it's probably worse for all of the support staff [than for players]," Counsell said. "Our job is on the field, really. We just have to go out and play and not worry about it. We might be bare bones for this homestand, but on the field, nothing changes, really."
"I'd say it's functional, but not normal," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "It's a big deal, and it's probably going to be a period of time before it's taken care of."
In the event of a major setback with Miller Park's electrical system, Schlesinger would have to confer with Major League Baseball officials and the Twins to discuss solutions.
That won't happen unless it's necessary, he said.
"At this point, there's no reason to think there won't be games Tuesday night, as scheduled," Schlesinger said. "We have had hundreds and hundreds of Brewers employees, vendors and contractors doing incredible work. It's like a small city underground, and I think everybody feels like they have been in a cave for the past couple of days."
MIL: RHP Jeff Suppan (5-4, 4.48 ERA)
Suppan didn't appear in the Brewers' three-game trip to Minnesota in May, but he has faced them 19 times in his career, with a 4.98 ERA. He has mostly struggled in his five starts at home this season, going 1-3 with a 5.47 ERA at Miller Park and a .314 opponents' average. But he did hold the White Sox to two runs in 6 2/3 innings in his previous home start, despite allowing nine hits. Suppan will be working on regular rest for this start despite the team's off-day on Monday, because the Brewers are using a four-man rotation at the moment.
MIN: LHP Francisco Liriano (2-8, 5.91 ERA)
Liriano went six or more innings for the third straight game, but he came up short on Wednesday against Pittsburgh. The lefty made two mistake pitches as he allowed a pair of two-run Pirates homers en route to picking up his eighth loss, with his last win coming on May 9. He's 5-1 lifetime in Interleague Play, and all five wins were in 2006. Liriano is 2-0 in two career starts against the Brewers.
Corey Hart sat out Sunday's game despite a 10-game hitting streak, the longest by a Brewer this season. Frank Catalanotto started instead in right field, a move Macha said was designed to keep Catalanotto sharp. He didn't appear in any of the first five games of the road trip. I've got to make sure I've got people to operate off the bench," Macha said. "We're going to be out of this [designated-hitter] situation now." ... Macha visited a monument at Comerica Park that honors Hall of Famer Hal Newhouser, his first cousin. Newhouser, a right-handed pitcher, was a two-time American League MVP and seven-time All-Star in a 17-year career spent mostly in Detroit. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992 via the Veterans Committee. "I think his career was toned down a little bit because he pitched during the war," Macha said. "But if you look at Harold's numbers, he had a three-year stretch where I don't think that will ever happen again. It was 29, [25 and 26] wins. Eighty wins in three years. That's not happening again." Newhouser's No. 16 is retired by the Tigers. ... The Brewers were swept in a three-game series in Minnesota last month while being outscored, 23-8. They have lost four straight games to the Twins dating to last season.
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Wednesday: Twins (Nick Blackburn, 6-2, 3.09) at Brewers (Braden Looper, 5-4, 5.21), 7:05 p.m. CT
Thursday: Twins (Kevin Slowey, 10-2, 4.04) at Brewers (TBA), 1:05 p.m. CT
Friday: Giants (TBD) at Brewers (Yovani Gallardo, 7-4, 3.00), 7:05 p.m. CT