MILWAUKEE -- There was little consensus Friday after Brewers players and executives gazed skyward at a series of tinted panels on the troublesome bank of windows high above Miller Park on the first-base side. Since the stadium's inception in 2001, those windows have caused shadows and glare troublesome to hitters and left fielders alike.
The windows are necessary to let light reach the natural grass, so the Brewers have considered a series of options, including moveable curtains, shades or blinds. All were dismissed because of cost and maintenance issues. Officials now believe tinting the windows beyond the infield is the best option, and installed four different samples during the team's just-completed road trip.
Manager Ron Roenicke strolled to left field on Thursday and picked his favorite. Others will weigh in during the course of the homestand.
"It doesn't darken it that much," Roenicke said. "You just have to take that glare off. ... This will improve as the game gets later on a day game, and if we ever have those three o'clock starts or five o'clock starts. This will make a difference."
The Brewers will make a decision after the season about whether to apply tint to a wider swath of windows. The bank on the third-base side, which faces north, will not be affected.
Aramis hit by pitch, exits with bruised left wrist
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez, whose season has already been ruined by a left knee injury, exited Friday's game after being struck on the left wrist by a Mat Latos pitch in the first inning. X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a bruised wrist.
"I should be OK in the next few days," Ramirez said. "You never want to be hit around the hand, but if you are, I got hit in the right place. I got hit in the wrist, and that's a big bone in there."
Ramirez was in obvious pain after the wayward, 93-mph fastball knocked the bat from his hands. He remained in the game, and the Brewers took a 2-0 lead when Carlos Gomez flared a single to shallow right field, but Jeff Bianchi took over at third base at the start of the next inning.
It has been a terrible year for the middle of the Brewers' batting order. No. 3 hitter Ryan Braun is serving a 65-game suspension, No. 5 hitter Corey Hart is out for the season after surgery on both knees, and Ramirez has been limited to 10 home runs and 41 RBIs in 81 games as a result of his knee issue.
Ramirez will probably sit out Saturday's afternoon game against the Reds.
"He's going to be pretty sore tomorrow, I would think," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said.
De La Torre claimed off waivers, optioned to Minors
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers added to their stable of relief options for 2014 and beyond when they claimed right-hander Jose De La Torre off waivers from the Red Sox on Friday.
De La Torre, 28 in October, made his Major League debut with Boston in May and June, pitching to a 6.35 ERA in seven low-leverage appearances, with 15 strikeouts and 10 walks in 11 1/3 innings. He is 12-5 with a 2.58 ERA in 104 appearances at the Triple-A level for the Mets, Indians and Red Sox over parts of the past four years.
"Three pitches [fastball, slider, changeup], at times every pitch above average. Ability to throw multiple innings," Brewers pro scouting director Zack Minasian said. "He's not a very big guy [5-foot-10], but a pretty good competitor. He's had a lot of success in the Minor Leagues, and it's just a matter of getting a chance in the big leagues."
Two Brewers scouts recommended De La Torre: special assistant Dick Groch, who saw De La Torre pitch in the Majors for Boston, and pro scout Tom Mooney, who saw him more recently in the Minors.
"We were fortunate to see him late, and we saw him pretty good," Minasian said. "It was good that they both recommended him separately, and we had our analytics people look at him, and they had good stuff on him, too."
The Red Sox had designated De La Torre for assignment to make room for pitcher Clay Buchholz's return from the 60-day disabled list. To make room on their own full 40-man roster, the Brewers shifted injured second baseman Rickie Weeks to the 60-day DL.
The Brewers were required either to bring De La Torre to the big leagues or option him to the Minor Leagues, so he was optioned to rookie level Helena, Milwaukee's only active affiliate. But he will not report to that team, which begins the Pioneer League Championship Series against Idaho Falls on Saturday night.
De La Torre will have two Minor League options remaining when he reports to Brewers big league camp in the spring. It is his second stint with Milwaukee; the organization originally signed him as a free agent out of Puerto Rico in January 2004, but released him that April.
Gorzelanny aims to return before end of season
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left-hander Tom Gorzelanny reported progress in his comeback from rotator cuff inflammation, and he said he was intent on pitching again before the end of the season.
Gorzelany reunited with the team Friday for the start of its final homestand. He had missed the entire trip to Chicago and St. Louis while getting treatment on his shoulder, which forced him out of a relief appearance on Sept. 2, when Gorzelanny couldn't get loose.
During his absence, Gorzelanny's wife, Lindsey, gave birth to the couple's second child. Tom Gorzelanny said the family was doing well, and he was eager to get back to work.
"The goal is to get out there before the end of the year, even if it's on the last day," Gorzelanny said. "If it doesn't feel good, we won't do that. I'm not worried about it at all, as far as next year. But it would be great to get out there for little peace of mind going into the winter."
Gorzelanny has only thrown on flat ground since the Sept. 2 outing against the Pirates.
"Obviously, it's not as important as if we were in the race, but they want me to get out there and I want to get out there," Gorzelanny said. "As long as everything is going fine and going good, I'll get in there."
• Outfielder Khris Davis missed a seventh consecutive start Friday because of a sore left wrist, but he was scheduled to take full batting practice. If that went well, Roenicke said, "Hopefully [on Saturday] we can get him back out there."
• Weeks turned 31 on Friday. He is home in Orlando rehabbing from left hamstring surgery.