Brewers' Rogers might lose grip on starting job

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


Right-hander Mark Rogers was not making things easy for the Milwaukee Brewers' decision-makers.
Rogers, 27, is one of a group of candidates for spots in the rotation this spring, but he was not performing well as of mid-March. The catch is that Rogers is out of minor league options, and the Brewers don't think they'd be able to sneak him through waivers without another team claiming him.
Thus, general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke would love for Rogers to pitch well and make it easy to keep him. Instead, he continued to struggle.
"The way he's throwing right now, he needs to get better," said Roenicke. "We'll see what's going on."
Rogers had another poor showing came March 12 in an exhibition game against Texas. He needed a whopping 42 pitches to get through 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits, four walks and six runs (three earned).
Through three spring outings, Rogers was 0-1 with a 7.50 ERA and 10 walks in six innings, with only one strikeout. And that doesn't count an exhibition against Team Italy in advance of the World Baseball Classic in which Rogers issued four walks in two innings.
Rogers seemed puzzled about why he was struggling so much with his command.
"I've been putting in the work," he said. "My last bullpen was outstanding, probably my best of the spring, but I wasn't able to transfer it over (to the game). I've just got to get my consistency back.
"I feel like I'm real close to getting back to where I normally am. It just wasn't there today. It's just a matter of carrying it over to the games."
And the sooner, the better, for all concerned.

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