PHOENIX -- When there's news out of the early clubhouse session, we'll post a "Morning Brew," which will morph into "Last Call" at the end of the day. It will house the notes and anecdotes that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site.
Today, things are about to get real:
• Brewers owner Mark Attanasio will headline a morning meeting Thursday ahead of the Brewers' first full-squad workout. It will be the first time he addresses his team in a full year, since Attanasio declined to make his usual farewell remarks in light of last year's finish.
"I was too disappointed and didn't want to say something that I would regret," Attanasio said last month.
General manager Doug Melvin, manager Ron Roenicke and others also speak during this annual rite of spring. With the full squad intact, the Brewers will move their workouts to the main cluster of practice fields at Maryvale Baseball Park, which are open to fans. Festivities typically begin at about 10 a.m. local time, though Thursday's practice will begin later than that.
The hitters won't have much time to settle in. Pitchers begin live batting practice on Thursday.
• Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was back in camp after missing a few days with what he described as a nasty fever. He was able to do some catching and throwing, but didn't participate in the Brewers' full workout.
• Last year, Roenicke was prescient when he offered early praise of left-hander Zach Duke, a non-roster invitee who went on to have a sensational season. On Wednesday, Roenicke said he liked what he's seen so far from another non-roster lefty, Brent Leach.
"I didn't know that he had that good of a fastball," Roenicke said.
• On the former Brewer front, there was big news up in Peoria, Ariz., at Mariners camp: Rickie Weeks got a haircut.