PCL notes: Schafer healthy, patient

After a series of injuries, Brewers prospect contributing

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By Chris Jackson / Special to MLB.com | July 2, 2012 6:16 AM ET

Center field has been a problem for the Milwaukee Brewers this season as the platoon of Nyjer Morgan and Carlos Gomez has struggled to provide much in the way of offense.

The good news for the Brewers is that help could soon be on the way in the form of prospect Logan Schafer, who is hitting .294 (87-for-296) with seven home runs, 26 RBIs and 11 stolen bases at Nashville.

Schafer, though, is not concerned about the timing of a call-up.

"When it comes to opportunities you're not usually handed opportunities in this game," Schafer said. "It's very rare that you're just given something in this game.

"I'm here in Nashville, I'm trying to do what I can to help this team win."

Schafer, along with most of his teammates, got off to a slow start this season, but he has turned it on of late. In June, Schafer hit .354 (34-for-96).

"If I do everything I can do on both sides of the ball, defense and offense, I feel like I can create an opportunity at some point somewhere in the big leagues to show what I have and hopefully help some team, hopefully the Brewers, win at some point in the big leagues," Schafer said. "That's the approach I'm taking."

That Schafer is even back in the discussion for a big-league call-up is impressive after a disastrous run of injuries that limited him to just seven games in 2010 and only 99 games in the Minors (plus eight with Milwaukee) last season.

"Obviously being healthy is the first thing that I think about when I'm out there and playing the game," Schafer said. "I think about even if I have a bad game, at least I'm out there and able to play it.

"I had a pretty rough stretch there with injuries. I took about a year-and-a-half off with multiple injuries -- the groin and the foot and the hernia and the broken thumb. I had a long list of injuries.

"But to be up and able to play it's an amazing feeling. I cherish it every day."

Once he overcame the final injury, a broken thumb suffered in Spring Training last year, Schafer caught fire, batting .315 between Class A Advanced Brevard County, Double-A Huntsville and Nashville before earning a September call-up with the Brewers, going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

"It took me a while to get my swing down, get my timing, recognize pitches," Schafer said. "I eventually got to where I wanted to be with my swing and my approach got to where it was in the previous couple of years."

After all that he has gone through, Schafer said he just enjoys taking life one game at a time.

"Every day you've just got to be excited to be playing and healthy," he said. "That's where I am, excited to be healthy and playing."

In brief

Man down: New Orleans' league-leading pitching staff got a scare Friday when right-hander Alex Sanabia left with an apparent oblique injury that sent him to the disabled list. It marked his second straight subpar start, allowing 10 runs in his last 5 2/3 innings. Sanabia has lost back-to-back starts and seen his ERA jump from 3.16 to 4.01.

Another man down: Las Vegas catcher Travis d'Arnaud, the No. 20 overall prospect in the Minors, will miss six to eight weeks after injuring his left knee last Monday. D'Arnaud tore the posterior cruciate ligament, which does not require surgery but will force him to miss both the All-Star Futures Game and the Triple-A All-Star Game next week. D'Arnaud was hitting .333 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs.

Prospects on parade: The PCL roster for the Triple-A All-Star Game will feature a number of top prospects, led by Omaha outfielder Wil Myers (No. 17 overall, No. 2 Royals). He will be joined by right-handed relievers Heath Hembree (No. 3 Giants) and Josh Wall (No. 17 Dodgers), catcher Tim Federowicz (No. 14 Dodgers), shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria (No. 15 Blue Jays), third basemen Luis Jimenez (No. 18 Angels), Josh Vitters (No. 10 Cubs) and Ryan Wheeler (No. 17 Diamondbacks) and outfielders Kole Calhoun (No. 13 Angels) and Adam Eaton (No. 15 Diamondbacks).

Chris Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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