Bianchi will be bench bat

Infielder Jeff Bianchi will indeed be promoted from Triple-A Nashville for the start of the Brewers’ second half and will play off the bench, manager Ron Roenicke said after Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

Bianchi, 25, struggled in Spring Training but had a strong first half in the Minor Leagues, batting .319 in 70 games between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. He’s poised to be the sixth different player to appear for the Brewers at shortstop this season.

“He’s a right-handed bat,” Roenicke said. “He’s versatile, he can play anywhere on the infield. They like him down there [in the Minors], they say he’s a very heads-up player. He can do a lot of things; he can bunt, he can hit and run.”

Bianchi will be making his Major League debut.

The Brewers already cleared a spot on the roster by optioning infielder Taylor Green to Nashville. He had been struggling with inconsistent playing time, and the Brewers hope that consistent at-bats help Green rediscover his swing.

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6 shortstops. About as many as players that have patrolled 1B?

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I feel sorry for Taylor, I really like the guy as a player but it seems like every position that he had a chance at getting before season started had been blocked. He has proven that he could hit in the Minors and though he has never played SS ( or has he? ) I could never understand why we didn’t give him a shot there, to get his bat into the lineup. He cannot be any worse than Izturis with the bat.

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Green played SS all through college at Cypress College in Calif….where he was All California Allstar….brewers need to open up their thinking and give him a shot at SS . All the Brewers needed to do was put Green in the lineup once a week for each of Hart, weeks, and Ramirez…that would give him some consistent at bats and give the starters a rest….162 games is a long haul,

With any luck, he will replace WEEKS in the lineup!!!! WEEKS is the worst second basemen in baseball today, yes he hits an ocassional homer, BUT his baserunning, his errors, and his weak bat make him a BENCH PLAYER NOT A CONSTANT STARTER!!!!!

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