Extra bases

Roenicke didn't rule out the return of injured third baseman Jeff Bianchi before season's end, but offered a grounded sentiment.

"I don't know," Roenicke said. "He's got to start making a lot of progress. He's made some progress, but he's still not out there throwing and hitting."

Bianchi has been on the disabled list since July 18 with a right elbow strain. MRIs have not found any structural damage, but Bianchi is still unable to throw and swing. He's been taking ground balls since Aug. 13.

Bianchi is currently in Milwaukee with his wife and newborn child.

Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.