PHOENIX, AZ (LEARFIELD-WSAU) Matt Garza had his third rough start of the spring, as the Milwaukee Brewers got crushed by the Angels of Anaheim yesterday, 12-to-2 in Tempe Arizona.
The Angels, playing with a split squad, scored eight times in the second inning. David Freese broke out of a spring slump by going 3-for-3. Garza, who signed with Milwaukee in the off-season, lasted just one-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up ten runs -- six earned -- on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout.
His defense didn't help, as Milwaukee infielders Rickie Weeks and Jean Segura committed errors. Ryan Braun sat out, but is expected to return this afternoon when the Brewers play an exhibition against San Diego.
Marco Estrada is scheduled to start for the Crew, who is now 6-and-9 in Cactus League play. Brewers' reliever Francisco Rodriguez needed treatment yesterday, after he stepped on a cactus while barefoot earlier in the week in Phoenix. Manager Ron Roenicke says K-Rod will still try to make his Spring Training debut this afternoon against San Diego.
He arrived at camp late because of visa issues during political turmoil in his native Venezuela. Rodriguez was not available to talk about his freak injury. Roenicke said doctors removed quite a few cactus spines -- and he can imagine that K-Rod was pretty sore.
Brewers' veteran Rickie Weeks says it's not the weirdest baseball injury he can remember. He recalled when former Milwaukee pitcher Matt Wise cut the middle finger on his throwing hand in 2006 with salad tongs while preparing a dish for himself.