No more Tony Plush for the BrewersWisconsin Sports
-- Nyjer Morgan’s time in Milwaukee is done.
MILWAUKEE - Nyjer Morgan’s time in Milwaukee is done. The Brewers out-righted the 32-year-old veteran outfielder to Triple-“A” Nashville yesterday.
Morgan cleared waivers, and he expects to become a free agent today. By out-righting him, the Brewers can still negotiate a deal for 2013 – but assistant general manager Gord Ash says it’s not likely. Morgan became a fan favorite last year when he hit .304, put on a flashy “Tony Plush” alter ego, and had the game-winning hit when the Brewers won their first playoff series since 1982. But Morgan fell on hard times this season, batting just .239 as Milwaukee missed the playoffs. And Morgan set a Major League record by not having an RBI in 138 consecutive plate appearances.
Also, the Brewers say reliever Jose Veras has declined an outright assignment to Triple-“A,” and he’s becoming a free agent. He had 40 walks last season, marring an otherwise acceptable 5-and-4 record and 3.63 ERA in 72 appearances. Free agents can start signing with other teams at 11 tonight. And general manager Doug Melvin again struck down reports that the Brewers will pursue Texas slugger Josh Hamilton. Hamilton has close ties with Milwaukee hitting coach Johnny Narron – but Melvin says the Brewers probably can’t afford him.
Former Brewers’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez is due in court in Waukesha County on November 12th. K-Rod was charged this week with misdemeanor disorderly conduct for a domestic abuse incident involving his ex-girlfriend. The 30-year-old Rodriguez told officers he got upset when the woman refused to go with him on a road trip to Pittsburgh. The victim told officers that Rodriguez struck her in the head, kicked her to the ground, and dragged her to a car where they kept arguing while driving around their neighborhood. Sheriff’s deputies said the woman took full blame for the incident, and denied that K-Rod caused her injuries. She said they broke up. Rodriguez filed for free agency this week. His address is listed as Coral Springs Florida. In 2010, he was charged in a scuffle with his girlfriend’s father at Citi Field in New York when he was with the Mets. He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempted assault, and took a year’s worth of anger management classes.