• Reports out of Japan on Tuesday suggested the Brewers were poised to sign right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who was granted his release earlier in the day by the Indians. Not so, said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.
While it's true that agent Scott Boras reached out to the Brewers, "I told Boras I didn't have a spot for him," Melvin said. "We already have six starters for September."
The Brewers have Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo and Wily Peralta entrenched in the rotation, and will use the remaining weeks of the season to evaluate right-hander Marco Estrada and left-hander Tom Gorzelanny. A sixth starter, right-handed prospect Johnny Hellweg, will join the club in September, and the Brewers are planning to employ a six-man rotation while finishing the season with 20 games in as many days.
Matsusaka, 32, who wants to pitch in the Major Leagues again, simply isn't a fit, Melvin said.
• The Brewers will place reliever Rob Wooten on the paternity list Wednesday morning and promote a pitcher from Triple-A Nashville. Wooten is scheduled to travel home to North Carolina, where wife Katie is being induced into labor, and hopes to rejoin the club Saturday in Cincinnati. Among the candidates to temporarily take his place is fellow right-hander Donovan Hand.
• The Brewers took the Miller Park field at 3:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday for their annual team photo. For the first time since 2006, Ryan Braun was not in the shot. He has stayed away from the team since accepting a season-ending suspension on July 22.
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