• Roenicke has been polling veteran players about whether they want to play in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the A's, which comes earlier than usual because of the World Baseball Classic. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who is searching for ways to avoid his usual early-season slump, has already volunteered to play, Roenicke said.
• All of the regulars will play in Friday's intrasquad game at Maryvale Baseball Park because Roenicke wants to work on bunt defense in a game situation. That game is only scheduled to last about three innings, begin around noon MT and is open to fans.
• The Brewers said Lance Farbar and Krista Mulholland of Milwaukee, Laura Kachel of Waukesha, Wis., and Gregg Schmidt and Zach Zwadzich from Madison, Wis., were the first brave souls to set up camp at Miller Park on Thursday ahead of Saturday's "Arctic Tailgate." The event will mark the start of single-game ticket sales for 2013 Brewers home games.
The ticket windows will open at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, including at brewers.com, where fans can make their purchases from the warmth of their homes.
• The Brewers returned catcher Rafael Neda to Minor League camp on Thursday.