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MILWAUKEE —Brewers manager Ron Roenicke says this years Milwaukee team might
be too sedate. Terrell Suggs Youth Jersey . Prince Fielder,
Nyjer Morgan and the Brewers were a boisterous bunch last year on their way to
winning the NL Central. But Milwaukee went into Saturdays game against Minnesota
a season-worst seven games below .500. Roenicke says the team is playing and
working hard, but that something is missing from a group that lost Fielder,
LaTroy Hawkins and other clubhouse personalities since the playoffs. “This year,
weve got a quiet group,” Roenicke said. “Sometimes, when things arent going
really well, you need somebody to loosen it up a little bit. I know some guys
are trying to do that, but its hard.” Roenicke, regarded as one of the more
reserved managers in the majors, watched Milwaukee get drubbed 11-3 Friday night
by the Twins, who came in with the worst record in the big leagues. It was the
Brewers third straight loss and fifth in six games. “We havent figured out what
kind of group this is going to be and the confidence you need,” he said. “We
knew where we were last year. We knew what kind of team we were,” he said. “We
had a lot of personalities on the team that I thought meshed really well.”
Roenicke would like to see Morgan become more vocal in the clubhouse and the
dugout. The outfielder was that way last year, and sometimes Roenicke had to
rein him in when Morgans excitable personality became a distraction. “Id rather
have him step it up this year. Ive had conversations with him,” Roenicke said.
“Its really hard for him, because hes not playing that well, to be that guy he
was last year. Unfortunately, sometimes you cant be yourself.” “Last year,
things were going so well, he could be himself. This year, Id like him to be a
little bit more of that guy. But hes really concentrating, trying to figure out
how to get his swing back and start playing like he did last year,” he said.
Fielder, who departed Milwaukee for the Detroit Tigers as a free agent,
commanded a presence on and off the field. “Prince is a big personality that has
an edge,” Roenicke said. “He was able to loosen up a clubhouse, but because of
the edge, hed say Lets go. Enough is enough. When things are not going well,
thats when you really need the personalities, to keep things loose and keep
things positive.” Roenicke said that the coaching staff this season team is
trying to replicate that atmosphere with little success. “Sometimes players get
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is done for the year, and to say he had an up-and-down season would be an
understatement of Cy Young proportions. Explaining that their struggling ace is
worn down from two years of rehabilitation and near-constant maintenance, the
New York Mets placed Santana on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with
inflammation in his lower back and said he is not expected to pitch again in
2012. Doctors recommended rest, but not surgery. “I wanted to keep pitching. I
felt that I could pitch. But at the same time, Im listening to them,” Santana
said. “They said that everything that I have done has been a lot. At some point
I have to take some rest. At this point I think I agree with everything and weve
just got to make sure we stay healthy and look forward to next year.” The
33-year-old Santana missed last season following major shoulder surgery in
September 2010 to repair a torn anterior capsule. He got off to a strong start
this year and pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history June 1 against St.
Louis. But he threw a career-high 134 pitches in that game and is 3-7 with an
8.27 ERA since. “I dont have any second thoughts about the way it was handled,”
general manager Sandy Alderson said. “This has not been a shoulder issue. So
from that standpoint, I just dont see a direct correlation.” The tailspin got
ugly after Chicago Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson stepped on Santanas foot on a
play at first base July 6. Beginning with that outing, Santana went 0-5 with a
15.63 ERA in his final five appearances—becoming the first Mets pitcher to
give up at least six runs in five consecutive starts. The two-time AL Cy Young
Award winner was 6-4 with a 2.76 ERA through June but ended up 6-9 with a 4.85
ERA. He threw 117 innings in 21 starts. “At this point Im very confident hell be
back next season and ready to go and hopefully in a stronger position than he
was coming into this year,” Alderson said. “If you look back at the season and
what we reasonably could have expected at the beginning of the year, hes
actually accomplished quite a lot. I think as we got close to midseason we
recognized that, who knows how long Johan can go? “I cant sit here and say this
is a shock or even a surprise. Its disappointing, but thats the nature of
things,” the GM added. “I dont believe that fewer innings would have preserved
Johan. ... I dont think he was overused. There were times when he had extra
rest.” A few weeks after Johnson stepped on his foot, Santana was placed on the
DL with a sprained right ankle. He was sidelined for three weeks, a stint that
was also intended to recharge his surgically repaired shoulder. But in his first
ggame back, Santana lasted only 1 1-3 innings against Atlanta—the worst start
of his career. Michael Oher Jersey. He said Wednesday that
hes been feeling tightness in his back for a couple of weeks, but it really
stiffened up on him in his most recent outing last Friday at Washington. “The
work he did to try to command stuff, the absolute effort he had to put in to
make each pitch, wore him down. And so, that was obvious. And you just knew that
some adjustments had to be made,” manager Terry Collins said. “I think the rest
is the perfect medicine for him right now.” Santana had an MRI on Tuesday that
revealed the inflammation and the left-hander was prescribed rest, medication
and intermittent exercise. “There is no issue with his ankle, no issue with his
shoulder,” Alderson said. “Obviously, with a back problem and continuing to
pitch, that itself could lead to problems with the shoulder or the ankle or an
elbow, and thats another reason why were trying to be cautious about this.”
Santana was placed on the DL retroactive to Saturday and New York will bring up
right-hander Collin McHugh from the minors to start in his place Thursday
against Colorado. So now, Santana will look toward 2013, the final guaranteed
season of his $137.5 million, six-year contract. “Im very positive that
everythings going to be fine,” he said. “Its too bad that I have to go down like
this, but its part of the game.” The slumping Mets began the night 57-66.
Santana said he will stay with the team through the end of the current homestand
but after that, hes not sure. Alderson said he thinks Santana will want to head
home to Florida to rest and then begin his off-season program. “Hes healthy. All
right, hes got a tweak in his back. With rest and his exercises, itll go away.
Theres no reason to expect that next spring we dont have anything but probably
the best condition hell be in in a long time, with some rest and recuperation,”
Collins said. “Hes looking at the season as a positive. I think were in a good
spot going into the winter. “Its time for a rest. But, when that rest is up,
that rest is going to be over next February. And its time to get after it.” The
Mets had recently committed to a six-man rotation with the intention of giving
Santana and Chris Young extra rest, but Collins said they might go back to a
five-man cycle now. The 25-year-old McHugh hopes to have his wife and parents in
attendance for his big league debut Thursday. “Itll be fun,” he said. NOTES:
Alderson said OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis, demoted to Triple-A Buffalo on July 29, is
expected to miss the rest of the season with a partially torn plantar fascia. ’
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