Alex Gonzalez will be on the opening-day roster. That much is known. Beyond him, the Milwaukee Brewers' options for the one or possibly two extra spots on their bench remain muddled less than two weeks before opening day. Jeff Bianchi has missed much of camp with injuries. Taylor Green missed time playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic and is in a spring-long slump at the plate. Donnie Murphy hasn't done much to distinguish himself. Bobby Crosby, another candidate, was released Monday. In short, there is opportunity for someone to step forward over the next week or so. The question is, will it happen? "I think there's enough there . . . to where we still feel like we're going to be covered OK," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We'll try to get Bianchi healthy, and hopefully he'll be a guy that we'll be talking about those last couple days. "But it's always a concern to make sure you're covered, especially with the middle infield, making sure you have enough guys to do it." Crosby, 33, was a long shot to make the opening-day roster after sitting out the previous two years. The American League Rookie of the Year in 2004 with the Oakland A's, he signed a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Jan. 22. Crosby suffered a thigh injury out of the chute and hit .188 in 16 at-bats while seeing time at shortstop, first base and third base.
Faulty utility options for Milwaukee Brewers this spring
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Mar 19