Brewer notes: Counsell says he's open to tradeVeteran Brewers’ infielder Craig Counsell says he’d be open to a trade with a contender.
MILWAUKEE - Veteran Brewers’ infielder Craig Counsell says he’d be open to a trade with a contender.
ESPN says Counsell has cleared waivers – which is necessary for a player to be dealt after the July 31st trading deadline. Counsell turns 40 on Saturday. He says he loves playing for his hometown Brewers, but he’d also like another chance to win – especially because he’s not sure how long he has left in the game. Counsell has two World Series rings with Florida in 1997 and Arizona in 2001. And because of his veteran status, Counsell says Brewers’ general manager Doug Melvin has promised to get his approval before making any trade. He says they’ve talked about a trade, and some teams have inquired about it. As of right now, Counsell says he’d like to play next year.
Brewers’ reliever LaTroy Hawkins is deciding whether to have surgery to see why his right throwing shoulder continues to be weak. He was examined on Monday in Los Angeles by specialist Lewis Yocum, and the results were about the same as in May – when Hawkins was first put on the disabled list. He missed almost three months before returning late last month. Hawkins made five appearances before the shoulder began to bother him again. He was put on the D-L again last week, and he says he’ll know by Friday if he’ll have an operation. He’s 0-3 this season with an 8.44 ERA.