The verdict on Mark Rogers' first start in 12 days? Some good, some bad. In short, nothing definitive. Rogers allowed two hits, two earned runs, two walks and struck out two in a three-inning stint against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Maryvale Baseball Park. After needing 42 pitches to get through 1 1/3 innings in his last outing, it was most definitely progress for Rogers. Still, he didn't display a noticeable increase in velocity or command, which are the biggest issues for him as the Brewers mull the possibilities with the right-hander heading into the final week of spring training. "It was better," Rogers said of his start. "It was nice to face hitters again, be back in a game. Definitely in the first inning I could tell I hadn't been in a game in a little bit. But as the game went along I felt like I settled in and started to feel better and better." Manager Ron Roenicke was cautious in his assessment of Rogers' day. "He got through it fine," he said. "Still, command is an issue. Velocity is an issue. He made some better pitches but still has to get better command over everything." Rogers had thrown nothing but bullpen sessions and live batting practice after allowing four hits, three earned runs and three walks to the Texas Rangers on March 12. He opened his latest start poorly by walking leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon, who eventually stole second and came in to score on a fly ball by Carlos Gonzalez to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Rogers got a strikeout to open the second inning, then allowed a bloop single and a walk. He picked up the second out on a popout before opposing starter Juan Nicasio laced a soft single to right to plate another Colorado run. A Jean Segura error with two outs cost Rogers a 1-2-3 inning in the third, but he recovered by striking out Tyler Colvin for the second time to end his day.
Mark Rogers still missing his better stuff
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Mar 25