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Brewers' Macha not worried about losing his job; season over for DiFelice

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Brewers' manager Ken Macha says he's not worried about losing his job, despite the disappointing season that has Milwaukee 12 games out of playoff contention.

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Macha said last night he's halfway through a two-year contract, and whatever happens will happen.

General manager Doug Melvin has said he does not hold Macha responsible for the Brewers' starting pitching woes or the team's injuries.

But Melvin says he won't make a final decision on Macha until after the season. Last night, Macha admitted the players haven't always seen eye-to-eye with him and vice versa.

Macha says it's a tight-knit clubhouse and "Sometimes their structure isn't exactly the same structure I use."

Recently, Macha told reporters he kept Ryan Braun out of the lineup because of a sore shoulder, but Braun said he didn't know what the manager was talking about.

Macha said he always maintains an open-door policy that not all players take advantage of and he'd like that to change.

The season is over for Brewers' reliever Mark DiFelice.

The right-hander was put on the 60-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder, which he suffered in last Sunday's win at Arizona.

Right-hander Josh Butler was called up from Double-A Huntsville to take the open roster spot.

DiFelice had a 1.64 ERA on July 22 but he has struggled since then.

Butler was acquired last year from Tampa Bay, in the trade that sent Gabe Gross to the Rays.

Butler went 9-3 this year at three minor league levels, with a combined ERA of 2.97. He struck out 96 batters in 118 and a third innings.

After the season, Butler will throw in the Arizona Fall League.

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