By Susan Shemanske
Journal Times Sports Editor
MILWAUKEE - Calling it the largest permanent tribute to Wisconsin workers, representatives from the Milwaukee Brew-ers, the Habush, Habush & Rottier Charitable Foundation and the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District unveiled two new monuments at Miller Park Friday before the Brewers played the Colorado Rockies.
The monuments honor the workers who built Miller Park, the Brewers' $400 million retractable-roof stadium that opened this season.
One of the monuments, a 12-foot high bronze statuary entitled "Teamwork," depicts three construction workers and features a plaque that reads: "In appreciation of all the Miller Park workers and in memory of Jeffrey A. Wischer, William R. DeGrave and Jerome W. Starr."
The statuary was created with a $250,000 gift from the Habush, Habush & Rottier Charitable Foundation. It was designed and crafted by Omri Amrany of the Rotblatt-Amrany Fine Art School in Chicago, the same studio that created the Michael Jordan statue that sits outside Chicago's United Center and the Harry Caray statue that sits outside Wrigley Field.
Ironworkers DeGrave, a native of Waterford, Wischer and Starr were killed in the July 14, 1999 crane accident that severely damaged the east side of the Miller Park structure and delayed the park's opening a year.
The other monument, entitled "Worker's Wall," features bronze plates that list the more than 5,000 stadium workers and employees involved in the Miller Park project. The statuary and wall are located just outside the main entrance to Miller Park in a 26,500-square foot area that will be known as "Worker's Walk-way."
REVOLVING DOOR: Right-hander Allen Levrault, who was reassigned to Class AAA Indianapolis Monday after the first game of a doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, rejoined the team Friday when left-handed pitcher Lance Painter was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to Wednesday) with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Painter has not decided whether he will undergo surgery to repair the tear.
It is the third time this season Levrault has been called up from Indianapolis. Levrault started Monday's game, but was not the pitcher of record. Left-hander Ray King took the loss when the Cubs rallied to win 7-4.
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WHAT NEXT?: Instead of the American flag that flies in center field at Miller Park, the Brewers may want to considering putting up a Red Cross flag. Brewers manager Davey Lopes got more bad news Friday after a visit from team physician William Raasch.
Lopes on Thursday lost starter Jimmy Haynes to a strained intercostal (rib cage) muscle on his left side. Haynes, the only original member of the starting rotation this season who hadn't missed a start, retired the side in order in the first inning, but couldn't start the second inning when the pain flared up. He is expected to miss at least one start.
Catcher Raul Casanova, meanwhile, who has been sidelined since Aug. 11 with torn cartilage in his left knee, will undergo arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair the injury.
JUST SAY YES: When Haynes left Thursday's game after the first inning, Lopes faced a dilemma: His bullpen was overextended and he didn't know where to turn.
"That was pretty scary, to be honest with you, because that bullpen was dead (tired)," Lopes said.
So, Lopes turned to right-hander Mac Suzuki, who had been hit for six hits and seven earned runs in two innings in his shortened start Wednesday in a 16-3 loss to the Cubs. Suzuki allowed just one run and three hits in 3 2 /3 innings.
"I had no time to think about that," Suzuki said Friday. "I was just sitting there in the dugout, watching the game and Davey and Doc (pitching coach Bob Apodaca) asked me, `Hey man, can you pitch?'
"I don't think any person, in that situation, would have the inclination to say no."
GETTING CLOSE: Left fielder Geoff Jenkins, who has been on the disabled list since July 29 with a torn muscle in his left thumb, and third baseman Tyler Houston, who has been on the DL since July 14 with an injured right ankle, both took batting practice again and may be able to return next week.
Jenkins and Houston are scheduled to hit in a simulated game today to see how they respond to live pitching. Right-hander Jeff D'Amico, who underwent surgery in early July to relieve a compressed nerve in his upper right arm, will pitch in the simulated game. D'Amico hopes to return before the end of the season.