Roenicke: 'Happy' with Brewers' last two weeks before 12 of 15 on road

CREATED Jun 12, 2012

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  • Ron Roenicke. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE - Though the Milwaukee Brewers remain below .500, their fortunes have improved over the last couple weeks with a stretch of nine wins in their last 13 games.

Even with a 5-4 homestand that perhaps didn't bring the victory level that was expected or desired, manager Ron Roenicke tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" that he finds positives amidst the challenges.

"I'm happy with the way we're playing," said Roenicke, who credited opponents like the weaker-perceived Pirates, Cubs and Padres for giving stiff opposition at Miller Park.

"When we came out of L.A., and then came against Pittsburgh, I thought we could win 2 out of three against them and then win the next two series."

"You can't take teams lightly.  The Padres, they played hard against us, and we struggled to win two out of three against them."

Now, Milwaukee hopes not to struggle on a tough stretch of 12 road games in their next 15 contests, beginning with a three-game interleague series in Kansas City.

"I think it will give some of our guys a day off in the field and get a chance to physically be a little stronger," said Roenicke about the series that begins Tuesday night.

In American League parks, the designated hitter becomes part of interleague play.  It's something the Brewers don't face in National League games.

"I think when you have a true DH in the American League, when we play these games, it's a bigger advantage for (the American League team)," admitted Roenicke.

He also said, however, that it makes a manager's job easier with a relative lack of double-switches.

"Yes.  Hopefully, we can relax a little more and watch the game.  It's a lot different managing in the American League."

Roenicke also said that guys on injured reserve, including Cesar Izturis and Travis Ishikawa, could receive minor league assignments as part of their rehab in the near future.

They could head either to the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers or AAA Nashville Sounds.