PHOENIX -- With the calendar marching toward Opening Day, the Brewers made their first camp cuts Thursday by reassigning non-roster catchers Cameron Garfield and Adam Weisenburger to Minor League camp.
Club officials met in the morning to begin discussing a plan for the first round of roster moves, and they made the announcement after a 5-3 win over the Rockies at Maryvale Baseball Park. Since Minor League camp is open, players who were on the 40-man roster prior to November can already be optioned out, and non-roster players can simply be returned to the Minor League complex. Players who are on the 40-man roster for the first time can be optioned beginning March 10.
"There will be some guys that we need to get over to the other side," said manager Ron Roenicke. "Our [pitchers] are starting to extend and it's going to be less playing time for some of the guys. The ones that we know are going back down, we'll make moves with them."
The pace of camp cuts will probably accelerate after March 14, when Milwaukee's Minor League teams begin their Spring Training games with a slate against Angels affiliates. The Class A Advanced Brevard County and Class A Wisconsin clubs will play at Maryvale Baseball Park that day, and the Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville clubs will play on the road.