How long will it take for this team to get over the bitter taste of last year’s late-season swoon?
The Brewers hope to move on quickly in spring training.
Instead of a complete overhaul, general manager Doug Melvin tweaked the roster that had been in first place in the NL Central for the first five months of 2014.
Adam Lind will be counted on to be the solution at first base while providing left-handed pop in a lineup where most of the power comes from the right side.
Free agent Francisco Rodriguez could yet be back to close after saving 44 games last year. If not, Jonathan Broxton would get a shot to assume the closer’s role.
But the Brewers ultimately believed that a full year of a healthy Ryan Braun will help cure the hitting woes that the feast-or-famine lineup slogged through in September.
All eyes from the start at Maryvale will focus on whether an offseason medical procedure will finally fix the nerve damage near Braun’s right thumb that affected his swing for much of the past two years.
Young right-hander Jimmy Nelson’s development will also bear watching this spring. He’s slated to rejoin the rotation after Yovani Gallardo was traded to Texas in the offseason.