Morgan expected to hit DL

Nothing is official yet, but the Brewers are expected to place Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day disabled list with his deep right thigh bruise. If they indeed make that move Friday, they would probably purchase outfielder Brandon Boggs’ contract from Triple-A Nashville.

Morgan was injured in a collision with Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit last week and has been slow to recover.

That move could come on the heels of the flurry Milwaukee made Thursday. They optioned reliever Mike McClendon to Nashville to make room for LaTroy Hawkins’ return from the 15-day disabled list, and they outrighted catcher George Kottaras to Nashville to clear space for Shaun Marcum, who is coming off the bereavement list. Marcum is expected back in Milwaukee on Friday, and general manager Doug Melvin said Major League rules stipulate teams must make the roster move immediately when a player returns.

The Brewers had to chose between Kottaras and Wil Nieves as regular catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s backup, and they opted to keep Nieves because they felt he was more likely to be claimed on waivers, and because he would have had the right to refuse a Minor League assignment had he cleared. Kottaras did not have that right.

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