Brewers players happy for Roenicke

Crew reacts to news that former manager back in coaching with Dodgers

Brewers players happy for Roenicke

MILWAUKEE -- News that former Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had landed a coaching job with the Dodgers was met warmly in the home clubhouse at Miller Park on Monday. In fact, after the Dodgers named Roenicke their third-base coach for the rest of the season on Monday, one of Roenicke's congratulatory text messages came from Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

"That's good, man. I root for him," Lucroy said. "He's a baseball guy, a very knowledgeable baseball man. I know he loves being on the field. I'm happy for him."

The Brewers dismissed Roenicke on May 3 after a 7-18 start and replaced him with Craig Counsell. Roenicke took some time off before making a series of appearances last week as an analyst on MLB Network.

Now he's back in uniform. Roenicke took over third-base duties from Lorenzo Bundy, who remained on L.A.'s staff in charge of outfield defense. It marked a return for Roenicke, who previously played for the Dodgers, served on their coaching staff and managed in their Minor League chain.

"I'm happy that he was able to find another place to fit in and continue his coaching career," said Kyle Lohse, who was named Milwaukee's Opening Day starter by Roenicke this year. "Personally, I feel like we kind of let him down here. That's my feeling. We didn't have a good start to the year, and unfortunately, he had to pay the price."

Roenicke will continue drawing a salary from the Brewers. The team had exercised his 2016 option in Spring Training before dismissing him in May.

"He's a positive influence," Lucroy said. "He helped me out a lot while he was here, and I know a lot of the other players, too. For any team he was going to go to, he was going to be contributing in a very positive way."

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