Brewers utility guy Logan Schafer has begun keeping a variety of gloves in his locker. There is his outfield glove, which he uses for his natural position of center, as well as right and left. He also has a rare left-handed catcher's glove — it belongs to manager Ron Roenicke — for his emergency role as the third catcher. And a week ago, the Brewers dug out of the equipment room a first baseman's mitt for Schafer that belonged to Bob Hamelin, who last played for the Brewers 15 years ago. "We only have four bench guys, so you have to be ready to play anywhere," Schafer said. So with Corey Hart still out and the platoon at first struggling, would Schafer actually play first? "I just have the glove just in case," Schafer said Sunday. "It's super emergency, not anything anyone is thinking of doing. It's just there just in case I need it." Schafer also has a middle-infielder's glove. "Being left-handed, I'm not going to play shortstop," he said. But it's comforting for Roenicke to know that Schafer could catch in a pinch. The manager said he only thinks about it in case he uses Jonathan Lucroy or Martin Maldonado as a pinch hitter and the other gets hurt. Roenicke never caught in the big leagues, but he did use the mitt for bullpen catching when he was a coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Meanwhile, Schafer makes himself as valuable as possible in a variety of roles. On Saturday, the Brewers gave Carlos Gomez the day off and put Schafer in center. He responded with three hits. "It's a newer role for me as a bench guy and getting much fewer at-bats than I'm typically used to," Schafer said. "But it's one of those things where comfort is something you have to create. It's one of those things that when you're not comfortable, you have to imagine yourself comfortable. If not, you really have no chance." Sunday against the Phillies, Schafer pinch hit for Alfredo Figaro in the sixth inning and reached on an infield hit. He remained in the game in left as Ryan Braun was given the rest of the day off with his bruised right thumb. On second glance: Roenicke did not see Jean Segura drop the pickoff play in the ninth inning of Saturday's game. But he did catch the replay later on. "But really, he (second base umpire Mike Estabrook) couldn't see it, and the base runner couldn't see it," Roenicke said. "The base runner never said anything."
Logan Schafer is ready to play anywhere for Brewers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jun 3