Last call

Last call

• Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is teaming with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to launch a new restaurant in Brookfield, Wis. The restaurant, which will feature American cuisine, will be named 8*twelve.

The new restaurant is the second that Braun has been involved with in the Milwaukee area, along with Graffitto in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward.

• The Brewers avoided two potential issues on their return trip from the West coast Sunday night, both of which would have forced them to fly into Chicago and bus back to Milwaukee.

The club's departure plans were initially hurried to get back before a midnight "curfew" at General Mitchell International due to construction at the airport. After working around that issue, heavy rain in Milwaukee nearly rerouted the Brewers again, but they arrived home as scheduled.

• Though he was not listed as the Brewers' starting pitcher until hours before the game, Marco Estrada was scheduled to pitch Monday night against the Reds all along. A miscommunication led to Yovani Gallardo being listed for the series opener against the Reds (on regular rest), and Estrada for Tuesday's game. Gallardo will pitch Tuesday night.

"Marco's throwing as well as any of them are," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "So I don't think there's a reason to skip him."

• General manager Doug Melvin told Trenni Kusnierek of 620 WTMJ radio in Milwaukee that the Brewers had talked to veteran free-agent first baseman Derrek Lee. Referring to the rumor of the Brewers potentially signing Lee, Melvin added, "That's not going to happen."