PHOENIX -- The Brewers were formulating a plan Monday to place right-hander Mark Rogers on the 15-day disabled list to begin the season, giving him time to build arm strength and rediscover the velocity that escape him this spring.
As of Monday, no roster move was official. Manager Ron Roenicke said the plan would be solidified Wednesday.
"We know what we want to do," Roenicke said. "We talked to Mark this morning with Doug [Melvin, the team's GM] and Gord [Ash, assistant GM] and I."
"Mark agrees," Roenicke added. "There's no issues, which is a good thing. There's not shoulder or elbow issues, it's just building up arm strength. For some reason, some guys take longer. I don't know why that is."
Teams are not allowed to place healthy players on the DL, but the Brewers could cite fatigue or weakness for a move with Rogers.
"Whatever doesn't allow your arm to perform at an obvious high level -- there's something there," Roenicke said. "He hasn't got to the place where he needs to be to make an evaluation on him. ... There's something we need to do to build that arm strength, whether it's more long toss, whether it's the trainers' being in there with him to build up the shoulder.
"But the nice thing is he threw great for us last year, and he hasn't had any injuries that would get you to question whether this thing is going to come back. I think he's going to get his velocity back. I feel very confident about that."
Gomez set to take at-bats Tuesday
PHOENIX -- Carlos Gomez took one more day Monday to rest his stiff lower back but planned to return to action Tuesday in Minor League camp.
The big league Brewers are off Tuesday, but Gomez, who exited a game against the White Sox last week with back pain related to a soft mattress, could take five or six at-bats -- or more, depending on how he feels -- in a Minor League game at Maryvale Baseball Park. Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers was to start that game to stay on schedule for the regular season.
"I'm almost perfect, but I'm going to take another day," Gomez said Monday morning. "I'm fine. Way better the last two days."
He is already planning ahead for the regular season. Gomez said he had ordered a new memory foam mattress for his residence in Milwaukee.
In other medical news, infielders Taylor Green and Jeff Bianchi, each sidelined by a hip injury, played catch and did a basic workout Monday, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. There remains no firm target date for either player's return.
Bianchi may be the more troubling injury. He has played only one game since March 2 because of groin and hip ailments.
"It's hard to figure," Roenicke said, "because he's not coming along real fast. Wednesday, I would hope we have a lot better answer on this."
Brewers trade Asencio, option Gindl to Minors
PHOENIX -- A Minor Leaguer was traded and an outfield prospect sent down to the Minors amid a flurry of Brewers roster moves late Monday.
• Minor League right-hander Jairo Asencio was traded to the Orioles in exchange for a player to be named. Originally a non-roster invitee to big league camp who was delayed by visa troubles in the Dominican Republic, Asencio made his long-awaited debut Sunday against the Padres and allowed two runs on a hit and two walks without recording an out.
• Left-hander Miguel De Los Santos was placed on the restricted list and no longer counts against the Brewers' 40-man roster limit. He remains in the Dominican Republic awaiting his work visa.
The De Los Santos move left the roster at 39 players even after the Brewers added right-hander Kyle Lohse, who passed a physical and signed his three-year contract.
• Outfielder Caleb Gindl was optioned to Triple-A Nashville but will accompany the Major League team to Milwaukee for its exhibition games against the White Sox on Friday and Saturday. He will then report to Nashville on Sunday.
• Field diamond box seats have sold out for the Brewers' Friday night and Saturday afternoon exhibitions against the White Sox at Miller Park. All remaining tickets are $10 and are available at Brewers.com. Preferred parking is $14 in advance and $18 on game day; general parking is $9 in advance and $10 on game day.
• Gate times at Miller Park have been adjusted for 2013. Gates will open 90 minutes prior to first pitch for all games this season except Opening Day and all Saturday games in June, July and August, when gates will open two hours prior to first pitch. Parking lots at Miller Park will open three hours prior to all games this season.
• Brewers TV analyst Davey Nelson's annual celebrity golf tournament has been scheduled for Monday, June 24, at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wis. The 18-hole tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. CT and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and dinner. For additional information or sponsorship opportunities, or to sign up for the event, visit Brewers.com/davey.