MILWAUKEE -- It didn't take Michael Blazek long to figure out something was going on. After being optioned by the St. Louis Cardinals but told not to report to the minor leagues, the right-handed reliever connected the dots.
The Cardinals had just pulled off a trade to acquire reliever John Axford for a player to be named later. Sitting in a hotel room, Blazek and his agent figured out he was the guy about to be sent to Milwaukee.
"I just kind of sat there and waited to see what would happen," Blazek, who was officially announced as the player to be named later on Sept. 1, said. "They said, 'Just sit around and wait and see what happens. We don't really know where we're going to put you yet.'
"I didn't really understand it, so I just kind of said, 'OK, that's fine.' I didn't really start thinking about something being up until probably the second day."
The 24-year-old quickly found his way into a game for the Brewers, as he was thrown into the fire on the same day he reported to his...