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Brewers Make Some Changes

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      Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Brewers GM Doug Melvin told him that the club is not giving up on the season,  even though today saw Melvin send former All-Star shortstop J.J. Hardy to the minors, DFAing third baseman Bill Hall and firing pitching coach, Bill Castro, who had been with the organization for 18 years.

"All of these moves are performance based. I look at myself and maybe I waited too long on some of these. I'm maybe more patient than most people. I try to ride these things out. When you don't see progress, you've got to make moves.

Melvin said he felt terrible about letting Castro go and that the move for Hardy was temporary, merely (and hopefully) to help him get his groove back. Hall has $10.5 million left on his contract that the Brewers will have to eat but now they might be able to trade him and get something in return.

  the Brewers are only two games under .500 but 6.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.