Last call

Last call

• Roenicke is eager to see as much Khris Davis as possible in the remaining two weeks of the regular season, and he hopes the rookie outfielder is not bothered by the sore left wrist that has sidelined him of late. Davis didn't start Monday, Roenicke said, because the matchup against Cubs right-hander Edwin Jackson favored Grindl.

"I want [Davis] to get back into the lineup and I want him to play a few games," Roenicke said. "I want to make sure when he does, though, that we're not just 'getting through the season.' I want him to feel like he's strong and he's going to show us what he's got."

The Brewers will have to decide this winter where Davis fits into their plan for 2014. His arm strength probably limits him to left field, where Ryan Braun has played since 2008, and it does not appear a move to first base is an option. Brewers officials will discuss in the coming weeks whether it makes sense to ask Braun to move to right field.

• Roenicke reflected on Mark Kotsay's career Monday after learning Kotsay, who played for the Brewers in 2011, Roenicke's rookie season as manager, had announced his intent to retire. Roenicke has said before that Kotsay produced one of the best seasons off the bench Roenicke has ever seen.

"The numbers won't show you that," Roenicke said, "but I saw what he did against the setup guys and closers, whether you threw 95 [mph] or a great split-finger, he's always give you a great at-bat. And as far as in [the dugout] and the locker room, it doesn't get any better than that."

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