Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Zach Davies declared himself back on schedule Friday after clearing a pivotal bullpen session with no discomfort in a recently cranky left oblique.
Davies missed a Cactus League start this week as a precaution and received treatment for what the team called a mild strain. He felt better playing catch in recent days, but the bullpen session was the first big test, and both Davies and pitching coach Derek Johnson said the right-hander passed it in Phoenix.
“I’m ready to go,” Davies said. “I feel good. I feel ready for game action on Monday. I figured that was the way it was going to go. It was a little bit of a relief that I don’t have to miss any more time, but just how it was progressing … it felt normal. I just had to go step by step.”
On the field, Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs on three hits — including a two-run home run by former Brewers slugger Khris Davis — in the Brewers’ 2-0 Cactus League loss to the Athletics (7-5) at Maryvale Baseball Park. Gallardo walked two. Six relievers combined to allow just five baserunners the rest of the way for the Brewers (8-6).
Unable to agree to terms on his 2018 contract, the Brewers announced they have renewed third baseman Travis Shaw’s contract — but did not reveal the terms. Nine others agreed, meaning the full 40-man roster is now signed.
“It’s a business. No hard feelings on my end,” said Shaw, who led the team in home runs (31), RBIs (101), doubles, hits, extra-base hits and total bases.
With minor league camp opening, the Brewers sent out 11 players, optioning pitchers Marcos Diplan, Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez, Freddy Peralta and Tyler Webb, infielder Mauricio Dubon and catcher Jacob Nottingham, and returned non-roster pitchers Corbin Burnes, Erik Davis, Luis Ortiz and Jon Perrin.
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The A’s signed former Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy to a one-year deal.