Last Call: Pitching prospects Jungmann, Knebel sent down

Last Call: Pitching prospects Jungmann, Knebel sent down

PHOENIX -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes from Brewers camp that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Another round of roster moves.

• A pair of promising prospects were among the latest round of camp cuts Thursday, when right-handers Taylor Jungmann and Corey Knebel were optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Jungmann is likely to be the SkySox's No. 1 starter and Knebel a late-inning reliever. The timing of the moves coincides with the start of Minor League games on Friday.

Knebel is No. 10 and Jungmann No. 13 on MLB.com's updated ranking of the top Brewers prospects.

Top Prospects: Knebel, MIL

Also sent out Thursday was catcher Adam Weisenburger, a non-roster invitee who was returned to Minor League camp. With the moves, 41 players remained in big league camp.

• Cincinnati manager Bryan Price raised a bit of a kerfuffle this week when he began denying American League teams' requests to use the designated hitter at Goodyear Ballpark, saying, "It's not our job to make it easier for them to prepare their team."

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is taking a different approach, even though Milwaukee is also done employing the DH in home games this spring.

"We've got these two leagues, it's not a perfect situation, even during the season, even during the World Series," Roenicke said. "But I think Spring Training is to get them ready for their seasons, and they can't control the schedule. So when they call over, absolutely, they're fine DHing.

"Again, it's not ideal. The fans are here to watch us win a ballgame and we want to win a ballgame. Is that going to hamper our chances? It does a little bit, it does."

Ryan Braun arrived at work at 6:30 a.m. Thursday and was stunned to see a bare infield at Maryvale Baseball Park. Since rain had been in the forecast for days, he figured the grounds crew would have preemptively put the tarp in place, especially with a sellout crowd expected for a game against the Giants.

In the end, that game went as scheduled on a wet but playable field.

"We're all fortunate to have made it through healthy," Braun said. "The grounds crew deserves a lot of credit for making it playable."

• Beginning Friday, Maryvale Baseball Park will be even more busy. Brewers Minor League clubs begin play with a round of games against Giants affiliates, with both of Milwaukee's Class A affiliates at home. Those games are free to the public.

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.