The Brewers may deal, but they aren’t going to deal Jonathan Lucroy

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With the firing of Ron Roenicke and the hiring of Craig Counsell, a couple of Brewers commentators observed yesterday that the club could be poised for “major changes,” which could easily mean “tear-down” and/or “fire sale.”

It makes sense. I mean, yes, there is a lot of talent on this club, but health woes and the hole they’re already in, not to mention thin pitching, suggests that one last gear-up-and-go with this roster is not likely to be successful. Doug Melvin will likely be dealing away talent this summer.

But if he does. there is one bit of talent Milwaukee won’t be dealing:

Understandable given that he’s locked up on a pretty team-friendly deal. Lucroy, 28, is making only $3 million this season and $4 million next year. There’s a $5.25 million club option for 2017. Just a great deal even if he doesn’t come close to repeating his 2014 numbers.

So, if you are interested in a Matt Garza or a Kyle Lohse, call Mr. Melvin. But save your calls if you’re looking for a catcher.

Masahiro Tanaka released from hospital after taking line drive to head

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive during a simulated game on Saturday afternoon. He remained on the ground for a while before exiting the field with the help of trainers. He went to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and was released in the evening.

Per James Wagner of The New York Times, Tanaka entered the hospital with concussion-like symptoms but they went away. Tanaka underwent a series of tests, including a CT scan, and checked out fine. The right-hander will still likely undergo MLB’s concussion protocol.

Tanaka, 31, will pitch out of the middle of the Yankees’ rotation behind Gerrit Cole and James Paxton during this shortened 60-game season. Tanaka had an up-and-down 2019 campaign, finishing with a 4.45 ERA, 149 strikeouts, and 40 walks over 182 innings of work. He is entering the final year of his seven-year, $155 million contract, so he may enter free agency after the season.