Last Call: Brewers' ballpark pup returns to his roots

Last Call: Brewers' ballpark pup returns to his roots

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- 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: Dog days of spring.

• Hank the Dog is coming home.

The Brewers said last month that their adopted pooch was too busy at his new home in Milwaukee to make a Spring Training trip, but the plan has changed to accommodate an appearance Saturday at Maryvale Baseball Park, where Hank will take part in an adopt-a-pet event and fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society. He will be available for photos for approximately 30 minutes on the right-field concourse in the middle of the sixth inning.

Hank gained worldwide fame a year ago after wandering into the Brewers' spring camp, where he was cared for by players and coaches while the team searched for his owner. Eventually, he was adopted by a member of the front office and moved permanently to Milwaukee. In December, he was named "Dog of the Year" at a televised event in Los Angeles.

The Brewers have sold nearly $1 million worth of Hank-themed merchandise, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the Humane Society.

• The Brewers are fewer than two weeks from Opening Day and questions remain about where right-hander Tyler Thornburg best fits. Long relief? Late-inning relief? A starter somewhere in the Minors?

"We know the two options that we've talked about," manager Ron Roenicke said. "There's room for one more start from somebody [aside from the five projected starters], whether that's 'Thorny' or [Michael] Blazek, we're not sure yet. So I think as we go on here, health has a lot to do with it and what our needs are in the bullpen. It may come down to the last couple of days for us to really know."

Asked whether he could be more specific about the "two options," Roenicke said of his plan for Thornburg, "I'm not going to say what the two options are, but there's a couple of options we have for him."

• Night games Tuesday and Friday are jumbling the Brewers' usual Spring Training routine. On Wednesday, players will enjoy another "show and go" day, meaning they report late, dress and play a game. Then it's another day game Thursday and a night game Friday in Goodyear against the Reds.

• From Madison television station WKOW comes the work of Lone Rock's Darren Klingaman, who took advantage of a spring snowstorm in Wisconsin on Monday to build frozen, full-color likenesses of the Klements' Famous Racing Sausages. His previous work included the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a favorite of Carlos Gomez's son, and "Sulley" from Monsters, Inc., an unofficial Brewers mascot in 2011.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for 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.