MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers finalized a two-year extension of their player development contract with the Class A Brevard County Manatees on Friday, leaving only the team's top two affiliates in limbo beyond this season.The Brewers' contracts with Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville expire in September, with Milwaukee officials eying stadium developments in both cities. The new deal with the Manatees runs through 2014. That team plays home games in Viera, Fla., at Space Coast Stadium, the pitcher-friendly Spring Training home of the Nationals, and has been a Brewers' summer affiliate since 2005. "General manager Kyle Smith and his front office have made the Manatees a great stepping stone for our Major League hopefuls," Brewers farm director Reid Nichols said in a statement announcing the extension. "This is a working relationship that we hope to continue for many years."
Morgan reflects on Game 5 hit vs. D-backs
MILWAUKEE -- The D-backs returned to Miller Park on Friday for the first time since the best day of Nyjer Morgan's baseball life.The Brewers' outfielder ended the D-backs' 2011 season when he bounced a single up the middle in the 10th inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series, a hit that sent the Brewers on to the NL Championship Series and cemented a permanent place for Morgan in franchise lore. "Honestly, I don't think it's even going to hit me until I'm done playing this game," Morgan said. "I know what it means to the city and the organization, but it hasn't hit me yet. It was just playing another game." Morgan's bouncer is on a short list of the most memorable hits in Brewers history, alongside Robin Yount's two home runs off the Orioles' Jim Palmer in an American League East-clinching win in 1982, Cecil Cooper's winning single in Game 5 of that year's AL Championship Series, the back-to-back home runs by Rob Deer and Dale Sveum on Easter Sunday in 1987 and Ryan Braun's go-ahead homer in the 2008 regular-season finale that helped clinch Milwaukee's return to postseason play. Morgan has seen the replay of his winning hit once or twice in the months since, but he's reminded about it every time a fan stops him on the street or at a mall in Milwaukee. "That's the best part about it," he said. "When I'm around the city and understand what that meant to the community and the city of Milwaukee, words can't explain the expression on fans' faces when we're talking. It means so much to me, seeing the excitement in their eyes."
Marcum won't return until after All-Star break
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers right-hander Shaun Marcum threw 35 pitches on flat ground on Friday, but his stiff right elbow will sideline him through the All-Star break, according to manager Ron Roenicke."I don't think he'll make a start before the All-Star break. I don't think there's any way we can do that," Roenicke said. Roenicke said Marcum was, "a little better, but still felt it," referring to the tightness in his elbow that developed after a June 14 start in Kansas City. Marcum is eligible to come off the disabled list on Saturday, but the Brewers will instead continue to start rookie right-hander Mike Fiers, who is scheduled to pitch on Saturday against the D-backs and again on Thursday against the Marlins. Marcum has been one of the Brewers' most effective first-half starting pitchers for the second straight season, with a 3.39 ERA. He's held opponents to a .227 batting average, best among Brewers starters. "Hopefully we get him to where he's confident that he can go out there and throw the ball and not feel anything," Roenicke said. "That's where we're trying to get him to." Marcum underwent Tommy John surgery to repair the same elbow in 2008, but had an MRI scan last week that revealed no new damage to the joint, Roenicke said.
Roenicke gets chance to watch son in Minors
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke saw his son, Lance, play just one college baseball game in five years at California-Santa Barbara.In less than a month since Lance was selected by Milwaukee as an outfielder in the 25th round of the First-Year Player Draft, the elder Roenicke has already eclipsed that number early in his son's professional career. After returning from Cincinnati this week, Ron made the trip to Appleton, Wis. -- where Lance recently was promoted from the rookie Pioneer League to the Class A Timber Rattlers -- to catch the second half of Wednesday's game and all of Thursday's matchup. In the two games, Lance combined to go 5-for-8 with three RBIs. "He's playing great," Ron said of his son. "We'll see if it can continue. [But] he's doing well." Entering Friday, Lance was 7-for-12 (.583) at the plate and had yet to commit an error in five games. Having been a baseball coach in some capacity since 1992, Ron never saw Lance play in high school and didn't see one of his college games until before this year's Spring Training. When he does watch his son in action, he said he can't help but watch from a coach's perspective. "You can't turn it off," Ron said. "He's learning a lot. It's a new type of game from the college game. ... I usually don't say too much to him unless he asks me. We've done it for so many years, he'll call and say, 'I'm not quite sure about this,' and he'll ask me a question."
The Brewers recognized on the field at Miller Park on Friday the 15 students who will attend school in the fall on partial scholarships via the Brewers Community Foundation's Selig Scholars Program, Player Scholarships donated by several players and the Michael J. Bonan Scholarship Fund.Including this Class of 2012, 99 students have received Brewers-related scholarships since 2003. The Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk has sold out for the fifth straight year, according to the club. Baseball fans set a single day record Thursday by casting 4.2 million All-Star ballots and 42.5 million individual votes. The polls closed on Thursday night, and final results will be unveiled on Sunday in a live TBS broadcast at noon CT. MLB.com will feature complete coverage with video and analysis of both rosters.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Jeremy Warnemuende is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.