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, a cautious approach for an important pitcher:
• For the second straight day, the Brewers scratched right-hander Jimmy Nelson from scheduled live batting practice because of a slight hamstring tweak. Manager Ron Roenicke said the issue is not cause for concern, and that Nelson will try again Saturday.
Left-handed pitching prospect Hobbs Johnson also has been shut down a few days after tweaking a quadriceps during the first full-squad workout on Thursday, Roenicke said. And pitchers Wily Peralta and Wei-Chung Wang were away from camp for dental work.
• The Brewers don't expect Francisco Rodriguez in camp for some time. He's still in Venezuela working to secure a work visa.
"I don't think it will be a couple days, but I'm hoping it's not too many," Roenicke said. "I don't want to put a number on how many outings he needs, but he doesn't need a lot."
• Local forecasters are calling for rain in the Valley from Saturday all the way through Tuesday, but the Brewers are proceeding with their workouts as scheduled until Mother Nature dictates otherwise.
"Anytime you plan, as you know I always say, things seem to change," Roenicke said. "We'll wait to see what it looks like Saturday and adjust from there."
• The Brewers won't play an intrasquad game this year, Roenicke said. Instead, they'll use Wednesday's exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Maryvale Baseball Park to get a series of pitchers their one-inning debuts.
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.