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Former prospect Rogers removed from 40-man roster

Former prospect Rogers removed from 40-man roster

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Former prospect Rogers removed from 40-man roster

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers quietly removed first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers from the 40-man roster on Friday, positioning Rogers to be a Minor League free agent after the World Series.

Rogers, 27, was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. His path to the Majors was slowed by shoulder and hand surgeries, but he appeared to gain a foothold last July and August by going 3-1 with a 3.92 ERA in seven Brewers starts.

He was expected to compete for a spot on the 2013 Opening Day roster, but he suffered from diminished velocity in Spring Training that the Brewers attributed to "shoulder instability," and he never made it past Double-A. He did touch 93 mph in his most recent start for advanced Class A Brevard County on Thursday, but was not considered for a September callup to Milwaukee.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash did not rule out re-signing Rogers to a Minor League contract, but nothing is guaranteed.

"We just talked to him [Friday], told him to finish his season in Brevard, go home after that and we'll be in touch," Ash said.

With Rogers' removal, the Brewers have 38 players on the 40-man roster, with the potential of adding one more as the player to be named in Friday's trade that sent John Axford to St. Louis.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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