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.