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Brewers working to extend MiLB partnerships


LOS ANGELES -- Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash joined the Brewers at Dodger Stadium on Friday after spending time this week in Helena, Mont., where he helped announce a four-year extension of a player-development contract with the Rookie League affiliate there.

The Brewers have similarly expiring agreements with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and Double-A Huntsville Stars, who are each moving to new stadiums as soon as 2015. The Sounds are getting a new ballpark in Nashville; the Stars are moving to Biloxi, Miss.

"In Huntsville, we pretty much have an understanding that we will go with the move of the team, but that's up in the air at the moment because of stadium considerations," Ash said. "We just don't know when it will be finalized."

With Nashville, "No news," Ash said. "Conversations to be continued. Nothing of any substance."

In other Minor League matters:

• The Brewers placed Kyle Heckathorn on the disabled list at Nashville and Damien Magnifico on the disabled list at advanced Class A Advanced Brevard County while both players deal with fatigue. Heckathorn could pitch again but the Brewers have decided to call it a season for Magnifico, 23, who had a 3.74 ERA in a career-high 120 1/3 innings.

"We don't want to push him over the edge," Ash said.

• Another pitching prospect, right-hander Tyler Cravy, probably needs a "couple more weeks" of rehab for a serious left oblique injury, Ash said. That means Cravy, 25, probably won't pitch again this season. He is 8-1 with a 1.76 ERA in 15 games, 13 starts for the Stars and Sounds this season.

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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