MILWAUKEE—The organization's 2009 minor league player of the year became a missing man this season.
Outfielder Logan Schafer's problems staying healthy continued when he was scratched from an Arizona Fall League assignment because of lingering problems with a slow-to-heal broken foot.
The Brewers had assigned Schafer to the AFL so that he could make up the lost at-bats from the regular season. He went 4-for-23 (.174) with a pair of doubles in a scant 23 at-bats for high Class A Brevard County.
Running the bases in an early minor league mini-camp, Schafer suffered a groin injury that was not expected to keep him out for an extended period. The injury healed slowly, however, then morphed into a sports hernia. Schafer, 24, missed nearly four months.
But after just seven games with the Manatees, Schafer suffered a broken right foot when he fouled a pitch off it, knocking him out for the year.
"It's been a tough year for him," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He just couldn't get out on the field."
While his foot healed, Schafer had surgery to repair the sports hernia, figuring both injuries would be healed in time to suit up for the Surprise Rafters in the AFL. But he continued to have discomfort in the foot.
A third-round pick in 2008 from Cal Poly, Schafer emerged as a player to watch the following year at Brevard. He batted .313/.369/.446 and won the Florida State League batting crown while playing a fine center field.
The Brewers had planned to promote Schafer to Double-A Huntsville this year and then on to Triple-A Nashville in 2011, keeping him on the heels of another promising center fielder, Lorenzo Cain. Cain advanced to see regular action with the Brewers over the final six weeks of the season.
Schafer's misfortune afforded an opportunity for outfielder Caleb Gindl, who replaced him on the Surprise roster. Through his first five games, Gindl went 8-for-19 (.421) with two doubles and a pair of homers.
• Huntsville second baseman Brett Lawrie opted not to play in the AFL, so the Brewers replaced him with first baseman Hunter Morris, a fourth-rounder out of Auburn this year.
• The Brewers removed righthanders Marco Estrada and Alex Periard from the 40-man roster. Both missed time in 2010 with shoulder issues.