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MLB notebook: Brewers opt to keep manager Roenicke

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By Wire Reports
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 7:45 p.m.
 

MILWAUKEE — Ron Roenicke has a contract to manage the Brewers through next year after the club exercised its option for 2015.

General manager Doug Melvin said he is confident in Roenicke after the skipper's leadership through an injury-filled and sometimes turbulent season last year.

Roenicke is entering his fourth year in Milwaukee. He has a record of 253-233, and the Brewers won the 2011 National League Central title with a franchise-record 96 victories his first season.

The Brewers' win total declined each of the next two years. They were 74-88 in 2013, finishing in fourth place in a season marked by the doping suspension of outfielder Ryan Braun and injuries to key players including Braun, third baseman Aramis Ramirez and outfielder Corey Hart.

Teheran to start Braves' opener

Julio Teheran, who was 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA last year as a rookie, will get the Opening Day start for the Braves.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez told Teheran on Saturday he'll start March 31 in Milwaukee. The Braves didn't have much choice after a string of injuries this spring.

Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy are sidelined because of elbow ligament transplant surgery. Ervin Santana, who signed late as a free agent, and Mike Minor (shoulder) won't be ready to join the rotation until mid-April.

The Braves will go with three other starters the first two weeks of the season: Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia and rookie David Hale.

Teheran has a 1.42 ERA in five spring starts.

Machado's opener status unknown

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he expects third baseman Manny Machado to resume baserunning drills Sunday.

The Orioles' 21-year-old All-Star third baseman received clearance on his surgically repaired left knee from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday, but he has yet to resume baserunning drills because of a calf strain in the same leg.

Showalter said once Machado resumes running, the first two sessions will be good indicators of whether Machado will be back in time for Opening Day.

Schumaker to miss month

The Reds' Skip Schumaker dislocated his left shoulder and will miss about a month.

Schumaker left the game between the Reds and Royals on Friday after making a diving attempt to cut off a line-drive hit by Angel Franco in the left-center field gap in the seventh inning.

Schumaker's glove stuck in the hard ground on the Arizona field.

The injury is similar to the injury suffered on Opening Day last year when Ryan Ludwick's hand stuck in the ground at Great American Ball Park while sliding into third base.

Schumaker, 34, was hitting .441 this spring with a home run and seven RBIs.

The veteran utility player signed a two-year contract with the Reds on Nov. 26. He is expected to provide backup at second base and the outfield.

Around the league

The Indians released outfielder Jeff Francoeur. The Indians signed the 30-year old to a minor league free-agent contract Jan. 6 and invited him to major league training camp. Francoeur had 35 at-bats with the Indians this spring, hitting .286 with one home run and 10 RBIs. ... Right-hander Kameron Loe received his release from the Giants, per a provision in his contract allowing him to opt out if he wasn't going to make the major league roster. Loe was a non-roster invitee to spring training by the club. ... Heath Hembree, the hard-throwing right-hander thought to be a favorite to make the Giants' Opening Day bullpen, instead will start the season in Triple-A.

 

 
 


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