Gennett, Brewers get good news from MRI

Test shows no structural damage in second baseman's throwing shoulder

Gennett, Brewers get good news from MRI

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Brewers will try to push second baseman Scooter Gennett along in his comeback from a sore throwing shoulder after an MRI scan Monday revealed no structural damage.

"Scooter's results were good on the MRI. It was just mild shoulder tendinitis," manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday morning. "That's what they say it is.

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"The plan is to start testing him, but we're still going to start from the beginning and build him up. It's kind of a signal to move forward, which is good."

Gennett has yet to play in the Cactus League because of the discomfort in his right shoulder. When he was slow to respond to treatment, the team ordered an MRI. Often, such tests can help ease a player's concern about more serious damage.

"No question," Counsell said, "there's a big load off your shoulders when you get results like that."

Gennett is expected to be the Brewers' starting second baseman on Opening Day.

Done deal

Brian Anderson inked a multiyear extension several months ago to remain the Brewers' television play-by-play man on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Sports Illustrated media reporter Richard Deitsch mentioned the extension Tuesday on Twitter and a club source confirmed it. The length of Anderson's new contract was not known.

Anderson, the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year in 2013 and '14, is entering his 10th season with color man Bill Schroeder. His national profile has exploded in recent years to include national telecasts, including postseason games, for TBS (since '08), NCAA Tournament basketball games for Turner/CBS Sports (since '12), the NBA on TNT (since '14) and the NFL on CBS (since '14).

Anderson will continue to cover Sunday games for TBS this season.

Last call

• Reliever Jeremy Jeffress' bullpen session Monday "went very well," Counsell said. Jeffress has been slowed by a strained right hamstring. He will throw at least one more bullpen before the Brewers ponder a next step.

• Catcher Jonathan Lucroy was back in camp Tuesday after staying home Monday with what originally was called the flu, but actually was a bout of food poisoning.

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