Last call

• Roenicke was saddened to see the news that Brewers pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg has a torn ligament in his pitching elbow and might need season-ending surgery. Hellweg pitched for Roenicke last year during the regular season and this year in Spring Training.

"They haven't made a definite decision yet [on Tommy John surgery], but if you look at what's gone on so far this year, it looks like the same thing," Roenicke said, referring to the rash of serious elbow injuries around baseball "I don't know. People are trying to find out what's the reasoning for all this. It's hard to explain. …

"We try to monitor these guys more now than we ever have, how many pitches they throw. What about the guys when the rotation used to be four guys? If you think about going to a four-man rotation right now, there's no chance. How'd they do that back then? Guys throwing 300-plus innings. My gosh."

• Henderson's spotless inning of work in Tuesday's extra-inning loss to the Padres was most encouraging, Roenicke said. Henderson struck out the side, catching Jedd Gyorko looking at a slider for the final out of the ninth inning.

"Yesterday's slider was as good as I've seen him have a slider," Roenicke said. "He's pitched quite a few ballgames and he's maintaining his stuff. He still had a real live fastball. So, yeah, I really like what he's doing."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for 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.