Brewers claim SS Gomez from Rockies

The Brewers have claimed shortstop Hector Gomez off waivers from the Rockies and optioned him to advanced Class A Brevard County, adding more depth to one of Milwaukee’s thinnest positions.

Gomez, 24, has been plagued by injuries in his career. He fractured his shin on a foul ball on Opening Day at advanced Class A Modesto in 2008, then subsequently injured his right shoulder and his elbow, requiring Tommy John reconstructive surgery. He recovered from those injuries to play in two Major League games with the Rockies last September, but his 2012 Spring Training bid for a spot on that team ended when Gomez suffered a groin injury.

He had only begun a rehab assignment with Modesto last week.

In 402 Minor League games since 2006., Gomez is a .268 hitter with a .306 on-base percentage.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Gomez, the Brewers designated right-hander Brandon Kintzler for assignment. He reported to Spring Training a candidate for Milwaukee’s Opening Day bullpen, but was derailed by an elbow injury and has a 6.06 ERA in 13 appearances at Double-A Huntsville.

In other Minor League news, the Nashville Sounds announced that reliever Jim Henderson had been selected as a reserve for the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 11. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 1.93 ERA and six saves for the Sounds.

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