Last call

Reliever Francisco Rodriguez limped around the clubhouse and remained sidelined on Friday, still recovering from his barefoot step on a cactus earlier this week. He showed reporters the bottom of his left foot, which is dotted with black specks where spines are still buried.

"I don't know exactly what we're going to do," Roenicke said. "[On Thursday], when he got out to long toss, it didn't feel good on his landing foot. Hopefully [on Saturday] or the next day, we'll see where we are."

Jason Shawger is the Brewers' "manager of equipment inventory," and it turns out he is also quite good at equipment alterations. He created a cap for Roenicke that includes a fabric flap to protect the back of Roenicke's neck from the blazing Arizona sun. During Spring Training, managers and coaches sit on folding chairs on the field, where they get a better view than is offered in the dugout.

"You feel it just sizzling," Roenicke said. "I had my son and my wife out looking for these [protective flaps], and nobody could find anything."

The Brewers cut seven players from big league camp and added one following Friday's extra-inning win over Arizona. The team optioned pitchers Michael Fiers and Hiram Burgos and first baseman/outfielder Sean Halton to Triple-A Nashville and returned non-roster pitcher Dustin Molleken, catcher Matt Pagnozzi, utility man Eugenio Velez and outfielder Mattison to Minor League camp.

Pagnozzi was sent down so he could continue working regularly with the pitchers pegged for Triple-A Nashville. To replace him, the team added catcher Lucas May to big league camp. 

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.