Brewers shake-up roster
The Brewers have made some major roster changes today. They:
– Recalled second base prospect Scooter Gennett from Triple-A Nashville in the most notable portion of the shake-up. Gennett, 23, was batting .297 in the Minors and may not be the sort of player who want to stash on the bench. This could be significant for the still-slumping Rickie Weeks.
– Released veteran infielder Alex Gonzalez, who returned from knee surgery and could not take advantage to start at first base, batting .177 in 113 at-bats.
– Optioned right-hander Mike Fiers back to Triple-A Nashville, a day after Fiers surrendered seven runs, five earned, in 1 2/3 innings of what he termed an “embarassing” loss to the Phillies.
– Acquired third baseman Juan Francisco in a trade with the Braves for Minor League left-hander Thomas Keeling. Francisco, 25, is a career .254 hitter with 19 home runs and 77 RBIs in 209 Major League games with the Reds and Braves. He hit .241 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 35 games with Atlanta this season but was designated for assignment on Thursday.
Francisco will be in uniform No. 21 for Tuesday’s game against Oakland at Miller Park.
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