Hernandez, Izturis added to active roster

It’s a brave, new, social media-dominated world when a former Brewer breaks news about the newest Brewer via Twitter.

Bill Hall, the onetime Milwaukee utility man, spilled the beans Friday that veteran right-hander Livan Hernandez was set to sign with the Brewers in Chicago, where the team was ready to begin an Interleague Series against the White Sox. Hall ran into Hernandez at the airport.

Hernandez, a 37-year-old, 17-year Major League veteran, will join the Brewers’ bullpen.

The Brewers announced the deal on Friday afternoon, designating left-hander Juan Perez for assignment to clear roster space. Hernandez will wear uniform No. 61.

Also on Friday, the Brewers activated shortstop Cesar Izturis from the 15-day disabled list and optioned designated Edwin Maysonet for assignment from the 25-man roster. (I’ve never heard of that; looking into it). Izturis had been sidelined since late May with a hamstring strain.

Hernandez made 18 relief appearances for the Braves with a 4.94 ERA before that team released him June 15. He would be a similar bullpen fit for the Brewers, even though the team is down a couple of starting pitchers — left-hander Chris Narveson is out for the year following shoulder surgery and right-hander Shaun Marcum missed his last start with a tight elbow.

The Brewers have right-hander Marco Estrada set to come off the DL on Tuesday, and Marcum was planning to test his elbow Friday by playing catch. He was hopeful about taking his next turn in the rotation.

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6 Comments

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What is Marcum’s status?

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