Izturis to DL as shortstop shortage worsens

The Brewers placed veteran shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his left hamstring during a 7-1 win over the D-backs, an injury that further depleted the team’s thinnest position.

Cody Ransom, who’d just joined the Brewers on Friday after they claimed him off waivers, took over at shortstop after Izturis’ sixth-inning departure and will start there on Saturday. Edwin Maysonet, optioned to Triple-A Nashville to clear Ransom’s roster spot, will rejoin the team.

The Brewers already lost Opening Day shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a season-ending knee injury.

How many hits can the team absorb at that position?

“We can’t take any more,” Roenicke said.

Izturis said he felt a tug in his hamstring running to second base on his sixth-inning double. When Corey Hart singled to left field, third-base coach Ed Sedar waved Izturis home, but the veteran felt another “grab” and instead held up, then rested his hands on his knees. After a visit from Roenicke, Izturis exited the game.

He was examined by a doctor at Chase Field and placed immediately on the DL. Izturis was unsure about the severity of the injury.

“It’s hard to tell,” he said. “Right now, I’m really sore. We’ll see [Saturday] how I feel.”

He is the sixth member of Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster to hit the DL in the first two months of the regular season.

“It’s unbelievable,” Izturis said.

Assistant general manager Gord Ash said the Brewers expected to get back a bit of Minor League shortstop depth on Saturday, when offseason acquisition Jeff Bianchi comes off the Triple-A DL. He is batting .346 in the Minors this season and had been sidelined by a forearm strain.


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