• Roenicke plans to give Juan Francisco the bulk of the playing time at first base, but that could change if he continues to struggle at the plate. Francisco entered Thursday in a 2-for-28 slump and had a rough game Wednesday, stranding seven runners in an 0-for-4 effort.
"His at-bats are to the point where I would put somebody else out there," Roenicke said. "If Sean [Halton] had been swinging the bat better, Sean would have some more games out there."
• Brewers first-base coach Garth Iorg said he was eager to work with new Brewers prospect Nicky Delmonico, a third baseman acquired from Baltimore in the K-Rod trade. Iorg saw Delmonico play in high school, and Iorg's middle son played at the University of Tennessee for Delmonico's father, Rod.
"I'm excited to get him," Iorg said. "He's got a nice swing."
• Outfielder and 2013 10th-round Draft pick Michael Ratterree is red hot for Rookie-level Helena. With two more hits Wednesday, he was batting .414 (25-for-60) during a 14-game hitting streak, with seven doubles, four triples, three homers and a whopping 24 RBIs in that span.
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