MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee Braves shortstop Johnny Logan will be memorialized forever at Miller Park, earning a spot Thursday in the Miller Park Walk of Fame.
Logan, honored with a granite plaque in the terrace area walkway surrounding the stadium, received more than 72 percent of the vote in Walk of Fame balloting in January. The 32 votes consist of members of the Wisconsin media and Brewers executives.
"Believe me, this is the biggest honor that I received," Logan said in a news conference prior to the Brewers facing the Phillies. "Getting an honor here in Milwaukee at Miller [Park] is outstanding. To me, I'm proud of being a Milwaukeean."
Logan, joined by his son Jim and former Braves teammate Felix Mantilla at the news conference, played for the Boston Braves from 1951-52 before they moved to Milwaukee in '53, where he played until '61. He played the final three years of his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
"We're very excited about this opportunity to have the Milwaukee Brewers recognize my father," Jim Logan said. "My father feels that today he is the luckiest man on the face of this earth to be able to play for the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates."
Logan appeared in four All-Star Games with the Braves and was a member of the 1957 World Series championship team and the '58 National League championship team. He hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBIs in his 13-year career.
"Baseball came first," Logan said. "Milwaukee [residents] are pretty sports-minded people. They know when you play easy or hard."
Logan joins past Walk of Fame honorees Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, Commissioner Bud Selig, Cecil Cooper, Bob Uecker, Harry Dalton, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Don Money, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, John Quinn and Lew Burdette.
Gorzelanny to make spot start Saturday
MILWAUKEE -- Left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny will get a spot start for the Brewers against the Phillies on Saturday in place of Marco Estrada, who was moved to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring on Wednesday.
Manager Ron Roenicke said he does not expect Gorzelanny to pitch deep into the game but does think his reliever is prepared to eat up some innings.
"We're not asking him to go five, six innings," Roenicke said. "If he had all 10-pitch innings maybe he'd be able to do it, but the pitch count whether he can go 50, 60, I don't know."
Gorzelanny was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on May 24 after missing most of May with left shoulder tendinitis. The lefty has appeared out of the bullpen in 24 games this season and is 1-0 with a 2.01 ERA.
Gorzelanny made one start while with the Nationals last season. On Oct. 2, he faced the Phillies and threw 65 pitches in 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out five in Washington's 4-2 win.
"I'm not thinking right now that the next five starts are going to be his," Roenicke said. "They could be, but that's not what we're thinking right now."
Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.