No Kinsler for the Crew; Vogt set for rehab play

No Kinsler for the Crew; Vogt set for rehab play

MILWAUKEE -- You can forget about four-time All-Star Ian Kinsler wearing a Brewers uniform this season, according to a report.

Brewers manager David Stearns declined to comment Friday on reporting from MLB Network's Jon Heyman, who said Tigers second baseman Kinsler had been claimed off revocable trade waivers by a mystery team, but the team was not Milwaukee. The Brewers were interested in Kinsler before and after the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline as an option to bolster a position in need of more production.

The Brewers and Tigers couldn't agree to a trade by July 31, but that did not slam the door on a deal. After that Deadline, players must be exposed to waivers before they can be traded. If a player is claimed, the two teams have 48 hours to work out a swap.

For the Brewers to win a claim, Kinsler would have had to clear the rest of the American League and all of the National League teams with poorer records than Milwaukee's.

Another veteran second baseman, the Braves' Brandon Phillips, did clear waivers on Friday, according to Heyman. It's unknown whether the Brewers are interested.

Vogt back in action

Brewers catcher Stephen Vogt hit the road Friday to test his left knee on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment designed to span six games, putting Vogt back on the active Major League roster as soon as Aug. 18 at Colorado.

The plan calls for Vogt to play three games for Class A Wisconsin at Kane County (Ill.) before joining Triple-A Colorado Springs for three more games at Iowa. Vogt was penciled in as the designated hitter for the Timber Rattlers on Friday, and is scheduled to catch Saturday before serving as a DH on Sunday, manager Craig Counsell said.

"Gonna be a road warrior for a bit," Vogt said before departing Thursday night.

Vogt's two-run long ball

Claimed off waivers from the A's on June 25, Vogt added some left-handed pop to the Brewers' offense for three-plus weeks before suffering a left knee injury in a home plate collision on July 17 at Pittsburgh. He hit four home runs in 12 games for Milwaukee, and had another homer robbed by Reds right fielder Scott Schebler.

Counsell is eager to get that lefty bat back.

"I think the balance to the lineup is something that we've really been missing," Counsell said.

Welcome company

Vogt is the latest big leaguer to rehab with the Timber Rattlers, who play home games about an hour north of Miller Park. They have also hosted Chase Anderson, Ryan Braun, Matt Garza, Eric Sogard and Jonathan Villar in 2017, bright spots in a challenging season for the Midwest League affiliate.

"They all have a little different personalities, but all were very engaged with our ballclub by the time they were here," Timber Rattlers manager Matt Erickson said. "None of them were off in the corner doing their own thing."

Catcher Nathan Rodriguez handled Anderson's start on Tuesday. He made a point to get to know the visiting Major Leaguers.

"I'm grateful for those opportunities just to pick their brain a bit, get to know the game a little better," Rodriguez said. "They've been around the game for so long, so there's not much they really don't know, especially Braun."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.>

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