Reliever Blaine Boyer and outfielder Ramon Flores got the good news they'd been waiting for on Sunday, when they were informed they had made the Brewers' Opening Day roster.
But seven other players endured the opposite fate.
Right-hander David Goforth was optioned to the minors and non-roster invitees Jake Elmore, Will Middlebrooks, Shane Peterson, Manny Pina, Josmil Pinto and Eric Young Jr. were informed they would not make the team. All six of those non-roster players will remain in big league camp for now.
With Sunday's notifications, the Brewers have four relievers for two remaining spots (Tyler Cravy and Ariel Pena, plus non-roster invitees Chris Capuano and Franklin Morales), three infielders for two spots (Yadiel Rivera, Colin Walsh and non-roster invitee Hernan Perez), and three outfielders for two spots (Keon Broxton, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and non-roster invitee Alex Presley).
The remaining decisions could come down to the end of camp, manager Craig Counsell said. The Brewers depart Arizona on Wednesday for two exhibition games in Houston against the Astros and one in Biloxi, Miss., against Milwaukee's Class AA club.
The 25-man roster must be finalized by 11 a.m. on Sunday.
"Like I've said before, we will not be set when we leave here," Counsell said. "The guys that are left -- and we talked about it in the room the other day ... it's a really tough time of the season. We should all recognize that for each other. For the guys that got told they weren't going to be on the team, it's a tough day. For the guys sitting in there waiting to find out what's going to happen, it's a stressful week."
That sentiment helps explain why Counsell and Co. opted to make Sunday's moves before they were required. Only Boyer had a clause in his contract stipulating the Brewers had to declare their intentions by Sunday about whether he'd make the 25-man roster.
Morales has a similar clause which needs to be decided upon by Monday.
"I think there's disappointment (when a player gets cut), and I think it's important a player gets past that disappointment and gets to a place where he moves on," Counsell said. "When you can tell a player what's going on, you tell him what's going on."
Recent days, Boyer said, had been nerve-wracking.
"I think that's kind of natural, when you have something hanging over your head and you're constantly thinking about it," said Boyer, 34, a nine-year veteran who had a 2.49 ERA in 65 innings last year with the Minnesota Twins. "It's good to put it behind you, move forward and look ahead to Opening Day."
Indians 10, Brewers 3
Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and Juan Uribe went deep for the first time with Cleveland during a victory over visiting Milwaukee in Goodyear, Arizona.
Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann pitched four scoreless innings before the Indians loaded the bases with nobody out in a four-run fifth. Jose Ramirez hit into a double play before Lindor sent his drive into the right-field seats.
Jungmann has allowed five home runs in his last two games. His 4 2/3 innings marked his longest stint this spring.
"If you go back and look at my spring training stats over five years, they are pretty awful," Jungmann said. "Whether it is here on the big league side or the minor league side, it's pretty ugly."
Jungmann allowed two home runs. His progression has been four innings, 4 1/3 innings and 4 2/3 innings in his last three starts. He has given up 10 runs and 12 hits in his last two starts.
"I was out of whack the whole outing," Jungmann said. "It's not something you can see in my mechanics but it just doesn't feel right."
Scooter Gennett homered twice for Milwaukee, a two-run drive off Cody Anderson in the third and a solo shot in the sixth.
"I feel comfortable in the box. I'm swinging at good pitches. That's the key for me," Gennett said.
Anderson and Josh Tomlin are competing for the fifth spot in the Indians' rotation.
Uribe had two hits. He signed on Feb. 28 and missed a week with visa problems but is batting .318 this spring.