PITTSBURGH -- Ike Davis, the power-hitting first baseman linked to the Brewers all winter in trade rumors, made his Pirates debut against the Brewers on Saturday night at PNC Park.
The Brewers ultimately signed veterans Mark Reynolds and Lyle Overbay to fill first base, but not before general managers Doug Melvin of Milwaukee and Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets spoke multiple times about Davis, beginning at the November General Managers Meetings and extending past the Winter Meetings in December.
The sides never got close to executing a trade, according to Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash.
"We talked, but their 'asks' were well beyond what we were willing to do," Ash said.
The request was always a young starting pitcher, including 25-year-old right-hander Tyler Thornburg. The Brewers declined because Thornburg was ticketed for their starting rotation at the time.
He was ultimately bumped when the Brewers signed free-agent starter Matt Garza, but Thornburg has thrived in the bullpen, retiring 21 consecutive batters over seven outings before Andrew McCutchen connected for an RBI double in the Brewers' win on Friday.
On Saturday, Davis was wearing No. 15 for the Pirates, batting sixth.
"How about that?" Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "It's a good opportunity for him. I don't know what the Mets were doing over there, how much Ike was going to play, but he was a guy Doug talked to me quite a bit about.
"He'd be pretty interesting for anybody, I'd think. I don't know what happened last year; I just read in the paper that he had an oblique thing going on [in 2013, when Davis' numbers were way down]. And if that was it, he should bounce back. He's a good defender, and from what I understand, he's well-liked on the team, so there's a lot of things to like about him."
Schafer nursing minor right hamstring injury
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wouldn't hand his opponents an advantage by definitively saying so, but backup outfielder Logan Schafer was essentially sidelined Saturday by a minor hamstring injury.
Schafer said he felt a small pop in his right hamstring while stretching in the on-deck circle Thursday night, partially explaining why he opted to attempt to bunt with two strikes in the Brewers' eventual loss to the Pirates, and why Elian Herrera, and not Schafer, entered the game Friday as part of a double switch.
"It's a lot better today than it was yesterday," Schafer said. "I've never had any problems with my hammy or anything. It was a little weird. I'm just getting treatment and staying on top of it."
Said Roenicke: "It's better today, but it's going to have to get a lot better by tomorrow and then we'll make a decision with what we need to do."
The Brewers will make a roster move Sunday morning to activate Lyle Overbay from the paternity list. If club officials are convinced Schafer won't need a stint on the 15-day disabled list, they could return Herrera to Triple-A Nashville. That would leave Schafer as the only true backup outfielder.
Schafer is the first Brewer this season sidelined by a hamstring issue, an injury that happened to dog the Brewers last season despite the best efforts of the medical staff. This spring, Brewers medical director Roger Caplinger told MLB.com about additional steps the team was undertaking to limit leg injuries.
"Josh [Seligman, Milwaukee's strength and conditioning coordinator] has done everything he could," Roenicke said. "Stretching, he's changed some things to try to get to where our hamstrings are better. I don't know, just freak things."
"It's something we could not prevent," Schafer said. "This game is a tough game, tough on you physically, and I wasn't really doing anything. I wasn't running for a fly ball, I wasn't running down the line. I was just stretching it out. It was one of those random things. That stuff happens in this game, and you kind of get healthy and get over it as quick as possible and get back out there as soon as you can."
All OK at home, Gomez's head back in game
PITTSBURGH -- Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez reported for duty Saturday with a clear head after struggling to concentrate Friday night because of complications on the home front, illustrating the challenges that sometimes face foreign-born players and their families.
Gomez received urgent messages from his wife, Gerandy, after a visit in Milwaukee with a new pediatrician. Their baby boy, Yadiel, had been given a clean bill of health when he was born March 29, but the doctor on Friday was concerned about Yadiel's right hip. An X-ray confirmed that the joint was loose, a common problem with newborns, Gomez learned, known as developmental dysplasia.
Doctors told him the issue often resolves itself with time. Sometimes the baby is fitted with a brace. In the worst case scenario, surgery is necessary.
Gerandy Gomez heard "surgery" and grew very concerned. It wasn't until the middle of the Brewers' win over the Pirates -- after Carlos had struck out twice, snapped a bat in half by slamming it into the ground and committed an uncharacteristic bobble in center field -- that he learned her concerns had been eased.
"Our pediatrician in the Dominican explained to my wife exactly what it is," Gomez said. "It's not bad. It's nothing, like, I'm going to be worried about. A lot of babies are born like that.
"But yesterday was a tough time. My wife was in tears, she's thinking and crying, and I can't do anything because I'm here."
Gomez collected himself enough to hit a booming home run in the fifth inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth.
"It's because he's so darn talented," manager Ron Roenicke said.
But Roenicke could tell something was wrong.
"Before the game, I watched him and I knew something was different with him," he said. "I can see that. He hasn't been doing that stuff [with the broken bat]; all of a sudden it comes out and it's like, 'Wow.'"
Roenicke added: "When you're talking about your little baby and you hear some news that's pretty upsetting, I understand why you get upset about it."
The language barrier can be particularly difficult in medical matters, Gomez said, but "you get used to it when you know you are in good hands. But if you have kids, when kids have something, you get upset. Like, 'Give it to me.' The most important thing for me is my family. When I'm not at my job, I give my complete time to my family. … The only things that I love are my belief in God, my family and my work. Those are the only things that make me happy, and when something is wrong with that, it drives me crazy."
By the end of Friday night, Gomez had his peace of mind restored.
"I called her, she was calm, the baby was fine," he said. "It's all good."