Last Call: Brewers' best friend Hank makes spring debut

Dog makes appearance at pet adoption fundraiser

Last Call: Brewers' best friend Hank makes spring debut

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: Man's best friend.

• Hank the Dog made his first appearance of Spring Training on Saturday at Maryvale Baseball Park, where the adopted pooch took part in an adopt-a-pet event and fundraiser for the Arizona Humane Society. Hank ran around on the warning track before Saturday's Cactus League game against the Indians and posed for photos with fans on the right-field concourse.

Hank gained 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.

• First baseman Adam Lind is dealing with back stiffness, manager Ron Roenicke said. The discomfort only affects Lind in the field, when he bends over to field grounders. It does not bother him at the plate, because Lind is still able to rotate his torso without any issue, Roenicke said.

In his first year with the Brewers, Lind is expected to be the club's Opening Day first baseman.

Austin Laymance is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.