Joe Inglett, an offseason waiver claim trying to win a spot on the Brewers’ bench, made a statement Tuesday with a ninth-inning, go-ahead home run for a 5-3 win over the Cubs in Mesa.
Inglett is out of Minor League options, has played 211 games over four seasons in the big leagues and can play all over the diamond. Does that mean he has a leg up to open the season as the Brewers’ 25th man?
“I think we’re going to have to just wait until we get some numbers down to see where everything sits,” manager Ken Macha said. “He said he can play all over the place, although it looks like second base is the most comfortable place for him. He’s played left [field] and right and done all right there. He had a game at third, and I think he’s done better at second base than third. I may have to see if he can play shortstop.”
In other words, Macha is reserving judgement until more cuts have been made and he can better assess some finalists.
Craig Counsell has a lock on the primary backup infield spot, leaving Inglett in a group that also includes Adam Heether, Luis Cruz and perhaps Mat Gamel, a top prospect. Heether, Cruz and Gamel all have options remaining.