Brewers, Rogers disagree on innings limit
SEP 01, 2012 12:16a ET
Despite a claim from Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio during the broadcast of Friday's 9-3 win over the Pirates that the team will shut down the right-hander after his Friday win to limit his innings, the former first-round pick said that he feels as good as he ever has, even with 39 innings under his belt at the major league level and 95.1 in the minor leagues this season.
"I don't feel like it is," Rogers said. "I still feel good. … Everybody knows September is coming, but I still feel good. … I want to keep taking the ball every five days."
Rogers certainly didn't look like he had taken a step back in his last few outings, nor did he show any signs of fatigue, as he's allowed just four earned runs total in his last three starts since being roughed up in Colorado on August 15. On Friday, Rogers allowed just one earned run in 5.1 innings of action, while striking out five.
And on Friday night, Rogers continued to look like the first-round talent that the Brewers thought they had when they drafted him in 2004.
"His stuff was good, even in the first game he came up," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "His stuff is always good. Location is definitely what he's going to be battle. When his location is good, he's going to pitch really well. … There's not many starting pitchers that have that kind of stuff."
Roenicke refused to acknowledge one way or the other that a decision had been made on Rogers' status, despite Attanasio's claim on the broadcast. He said he needed to discuss the decision with Rogers before he chose to make anything public.
But he had only glowing words for what Rogers has managed to do in the 2012 season, after the pitcher dealt with a multitude of injuries throughout his seven-year career.
"For him, (this year has been) huge," Roenicke said. "This is a guy that, two years ago, came up with some really good starts. Whenever you have a setback, whether it's surgery or rehab, you have to reestablish yourself again. His minor league numbers weren't all that great, but they were getting better all the time. After surgery, that's the thing you look at.
"I liked every start that he had up here except for one. I think his stuff is fantastic. Now how that's going to play out for the long run in years, I think coming back off of surgery, the first year is always kind of an interesting year. Next year could be even better. We really like what we've seen from him."
Having been through what he called "a whirlwind" this season, Rogers also felt like he took a step forward in 2012.
"I feel great about the season," Rogers said. "I feel like I've come a long way this year."
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