PHOENIX – Corey Ray’s very long household run to correct subject on Wednesday at American Household Fields of Phoenix raised some eyebrows, mainly since of the somewhat smaller stature (by baseball standards) of the Brewers’ outfield prospect at 6 toes, 195 lbs.

But the shot catcher Erik Kratz strike in excess of the batter’s eye on Thursday at AmFam Fields from the San Francisco Giants was each bit as remarkable. 1 seem at his 6-4, 250-pound frame tells you he has a lot of electric power to spare, nevertheless his complete of 30 homers in 295 significant-league video games unfold in excess of nine seasons doesn’t essentially stand out.

Kratz’s occupation large for a significant-league season is nine, founded in both equally 2012 and ’13 with Philadelphia.

“He’s in terrific shape. He’s a quite, quite, quite strong dude,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned Friday morning. “That’s his blessing. He works by using his toughness to his benefit. He’s like Paul Bunyan. I mean, that is what he seems like. With the huge ax, you know?

“He’s a huge dude.”

When the electric power is pleasant, what led the Brewers to trade for Kratz last season is his potential to get in touch with video games and handle pitchers. He’s going through an uphill fight to make the opening-working day roster with Yasmani Grandal now in the fold, but Kratz remains as expert and upbeat as any one in Milwaukee’s clubhouse.

Counsell pointed to Kratz’s managing of slight-leaguer Jon Olczak after the correct-hander had a 2nd straight difficult outing Thursday as an instance of his continued team-initially method.

“This is Erik’s occupation. This is how his occupation has absent,” he mentioned. “Last calendar year was almost certainly his very best significant-league season and at 38 (he will be 39 in June), is a terrific point to be capable to say. That’s the section he should really be seriously pleased about.

“This scenario this spring is tricky for him. (But) he’s quite able of processing it and knowledge how to continue to prepare and all that. He will get it.

Nelson has a strong bullpen session

Jimmy Nelson, whose return from shoulder surgical treatment took a smaller stage back last weekend when he professional slight arm tiredness, moved ahead with a issue-totally free bullpen session Friday.

“It went terrific,” Counsell mentioned. “We’re going to transfer to the up coming stage with him, which would be live (batting apply). That will be Monday or Tuesday. Which is a terrific stage.

“He came out excellent from (the bullpen session), which is a excellent indication.”

The up coming stage after live BP is ordinarily pitching in video games but the Brewers may ask Nelson to do a different live BP.

Dubon showing improvement

Infielder Mauricio Dubon, out for approximately a week with an sickness, has turned the corner in his restoration.

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“He’s performing a lot, a lot improved,” Counsell mentioned. “It seems like he’ll be leaving the clinic right now. It was a lousy virus. He’s been devoid of a fever for a while now.”

When Dubon was in no way in the functioning for an opening-working day roster location – president of baseball operations David Stearns mentioned he and Keston Hiura would get started 2019 in the slight leagues – he was continue to on the lookout ahead to employing the spring to get back on strong footing after missing most of 2018 owing to knee surgical treatment.

Dubon played in the Brewers’ Cactus League opener last Saturday but has no timetable for a return to action.

“Certainly, we’ll let him go gradual and get back his toughness,” mentioned Counsell. “He’ll bounce back fast, is my guess. But you won’t see him in a game this weekend.”