Mark Rogers, Taylor Green to begin season on DL | Disciples of Uecker

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Mark Rogers started the spring as a member of the Brewers’ starting rotation. Now, Rogers will start the 2013 season as a member of a more familiar group — the disabled list.

Whether or not Rogers is actually hurt — the Brewers say he has “shoulder instability,” which may or may not be a phantom injury — is another story, but it at least lets them keep him even if there’s no spot for him at the time being. Rogers is out of options, so he can’t be sent down to Nashville without first being exposed to waivers. And for all of the injury and control problems, Rogers would likely be claimed by someone, given how good his pure stuff is (you don’t think someone like the Astros would let him take a bullpen spot?). Rogers’ ineffective spring and diminished velocity cost him a rotation spot, and the signing of Kyle Lohse — bumping one of Mike Fiers, Wily Peralta and Chris Narveson to the bullpen — likely cost him a spot there. Now the Brewers will have at least a couple weeks (plus a “rehab” assignment) to figure out what to do with the former first-round pick. Taylor Green also landed on the DL Tuesday:

Green missed a part of camp playing for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, but returned after a week following the team’s elimination in pool play. When he was with the Brewers, however, he struggled, hitting just .139/.244/.222 in 41 plate appearances against what Baseball-Reference determined was roughly AAAA-quality pitching. Green was expected to take one of the bench spots out of camp, but his injury and Jeff Bianchi’s inability to get on the field may have caused the Brewers to do something drastic.

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