MILWAUKEE -- Former American League Fireman of the Year Ken Sanders, who pitched three seasons for the Brewers, including their inaugural 1970 campaign, will represent the club on the first day of next month's First-Year Player Draft.
Sanders and Mark Mueller of the Brewers' player development department will be part of a group of draft reps that includes three Hall of Famers, three Most Valuable Players, three World Series-winning managers and 25 All-Stars. They will get plenty of airtime on Thursday, June 6 at MLB Network's Studio 42 in Secaucus, N.J.
Day 1 of the three-day Draft includes the first two rounds, plus compensation rounds and competitive balance picks. Coverage on MLB Network will be simulcast on MLB.com beginning at 5 p.m. CT, and the Houston Astros will make the No. 1 overall pick 6 p.m. CT.
The Brewers, who forfeited their first-round selection to sign pitcher Kyle Lohse, do not expect to make their first selection -- No. 54 overall -- until just after 9:30 p.m. CT. They also have a competitive balance pick at No. 72 overall on the first night of the Draft that will be made at approximately 10 p.m. CT.
MLB.com will begin its exclusive live programming of the Draft's final two days with a live draft show from its New York studios at 11:30 a.m. CT on June 7, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis. MLB.com will provide DraftCaster, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of every draft-eligible player supplemented by statistics, scouting reports and video highlights.
Gorzelanny, Narveson nearing returns
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are on track to get two left-handed arms back from injury in the next two weeks. Tom Gorzelanny and Chris Narveson have each spent time on the Brewers' disabled list, but each made strides Tuesday to get back on the active roster.
Gorzelanny tossed 20 pitches in a live batting practice on Tuesday and aims to return to the Brewers' bullpen on Friday when they start a three-game set against Pittsburgh at Miller Park.He was placed on the 15-day DL on May 11 with left shoulder tendinitis, a frustrating injury for the lefty who has only been on the DL twice in his nine-year career.
The reliever said he was able to throw all of his pitches in Tuesday's session and noted the shoulder injury has been approached more carefully by the Brewers because of the early juncture of the season.
"If this came up in August or September, it'd be a different story, but we're just dealing with it now and I'll go back out and be ready to go," Gorzelanny said before Tuesday's game against the Dodgers. "It went well. I feel good."
Manager Ron Roenicke noted the Brewers' need for a left-handed arm like Gorzelanny in the bullpen.
"He can go long for us, he can get out lefties," Roenicke said. "Right before he got hurt he was mainly coming in late in the game and going through one or two lefties in that lineup and really pitching."
Narveson was placed on the 15-day DL on April 8 with a sprained left middle finger but threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is scheduled to face live hitters on Friday.
Narveson said if things go well Friday, the next step is to start a rehab assignment, possibly at Triple-A at the beginning of next week.
"The finger felt good. Just kind of taking it day by day and see how it goes Friday against hitters," Narveson said. "You're just trying to prepare yourself and get your body ready to pitch again. I think you expect yourself to hit the ground running once you come back."
Oklahoma resident Tunnell reflects on tornado
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers bullpen coach Lee Tunnell has lived in Oklahoma City for the last 11 years, and knows enough about the town to know its residents will band together in the wake of Monday's devastating tornado.
Tunnell and his wife, Bea, live on the northwest side of Oklahoma City and were spared damage from the devastating tornado that ripped through schools, homes and businesses further south. According to the Associated Press, the death toll from the storm stood at 24 as of Tuesday afternoon.
"For us, mostly good stories, though we have some friends who have damage to their house. Nobody hurt," Tunnell said. "Our hearts go out to them. But the feel of Oklahoma City is that people will do whatever they need to do to help somebody, and I think a lot of that has to do with the tornadoes. They know it might be me next. It's a very helpful, neighborly place -- maybe one of the most neighborly places I've been."
He knows Moore, Okla., well the area hardest hit by the storm. A friend of a friend is the principal of Plaza Towers Elementary School, where children were pulled from the rubble in the aftermath of the storm.
Bea Tunnell and the youngest two of the couple's three daughters endured two rounds of storms on Sunday and Monday. They were with Lee for the Brewers' series in St. Louis, and were delayed in Tulsa, Okla., on the way home Sunday night, then got home to Oklahoma City a few hours before the tornado struck.
"My daughter's fiance's family, they live on a couple of acres and their barn got hit and all of their neighbors' houses got hit, and theirs wasn't," Tunnell said. "That's a whole separate set of emotional things to deal with. … Another of our friends' son works in a credit union right on the Interstate, and they put all of the people in the bank vault. That was about the only thing left of the building, but they were all safe in there.
"We're praying for the people there constantly at this point, the parents of the kids and the people [affected]. It makes you see thunderstorms in a different way."
Double-A prospect Williams suspended 50 games
MILWAUKEE -- Double-A Huntsville left-hander Alan Williams drew a 50-game suspension without pay Tuesday after a second positive test for a drug of abuse.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball made the announcement on Monday afternoon. Per terms of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, it did not name the substance in question. Testing in the Minor Leagues is more far-reaching than in the Majors, and included penalties for marijuana.
Williams, 23, was signed out of the independent Frontier League in May 2011. He was 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts and 10 relief appearances at Huntsville.
• Yovani Gallardo, Yuniesky Betancourt, Carlos Gomez, Alfredo Figaro, Wily Peralta and Jean Segura visited Vieau School in Milwaukee for the Brewers' annual S.C.O.R.E For Excellence Day, which educates children on the importance of school, community, opportunities, role models and excellence. Vieau is a bilingual school and the program was entirely in Spanish.
• It's good to be a big leaguer, a fact that was literally driven in this week when the Brewers arrived at Miller Park to find valet service for the players' parking lot. The service spares players a few steps to the ballpark's south dock -- past a line of autograph seekers.
Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker was asked if they had valet service during his days playing for the Milwaukee Braves.
"I didn't even have a car," Uecker quipped. "I rode to the stadium on the bus in my uniform."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.