Rodriguez has passed word to Brewers coaches in recent weeks that he's been keeping his arm in shape at home. Roenicke will have a discussion about Rodriguez's readiness before setting a plan to get the veteran into a Cactus League game.
• Hand sanitizer is more plentiful than bubblegum in a Brewers clubhouse plagued of late by illness and multiple cases of pinkeye.
Measures are being taken to stop the spread of germs. A sign at the buffet orders players to sanitize before selecting flatware. First baseman Matt Clark was sent home ill Thursday. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz stayed away from camp and catcher Jonathan Lucroy will do the same Friday because of eye infections. Even head athletic trainer Dan Wright is under the weather, manager Ron Roenicke said.
So when Carlos Gomez scored a run in the Brewers' win over the Rockies, there were no high-fives in the dugout, only air-fives and forearm bumps.
"No touching," Gomez said.
• Left-hander Dontrelle Willis was absent from camp Thursday because of a family matter. He's also been bothered of late by a stiff neck, and there's no timetable for him to pitch in a game.
• Brewers lefty Will Smith on Thursday launched a public campaign to meet the actor and entertainer who shares his name. He wrote a letter with a laundry list of things the two Will Smiths have in common, including their height, their fondness for Tommy Lee Jones, and this:
"We both have short dorky sidekicks," the Brewers' Smith wrote. "You have Carlton, I have Tyler Thornburg."
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