• Right-hander Santo Manzanillo has caught Roenicke's eye in bullpen sessions so far. The big, hard-throwing Dominican reliever is healthy again after dealing with a shoulder injury last year, the result of a serious car accident the previous offseason.
"Nice rhythm, nice, easy arm -- and it's incredible how the ball comes out," Roenicke said. "With what I saw [Thursday], I would say he is back to being where I heard he was before."
Manzanillo, who was at Double-A Huntsville last year when he revealed to the medical staff that his shoulder was sore, will probably begin the season in the Minor Leagues.
• Brewers players will report early Saturday morning for bloodwork, which union representative Chris Narveson said is related to MLB's expanded drug testing program. That program, already considered the strongest in professional sports before changes were announced last month, was amended to include in-season testing for human growth hormone and baseline testosterone readings that will make it easier to detect the use of synthetic testosterone.
• It will be a long Saturday for the Brewers, beginning with a morning meeting to include principal owner Mark Attanasio's annual address. General manager Doug Melvin and Roenicke will also make remarks, followed by the team's first full-squad workout.
• Right-handers Mark Rogers and Brandon Kintzler signed contracts on Friday, and now all but five members of the full 40-man roster are signed for this season.