Brewers claim utility man Herrera from Dodgers

The Brewers on Monday claimed utility man Elian Herrera off waivers from the Dodgers, pushing to 36 the number of players on the team’s 40-man roster.

Herrera, who will turn 29 before the start of Spring Training, is a switch-hitter who split each of the past two seasons between Triple-A Albuquerque and the big-league Dodgers, hitting .305 with 10 home runs and 83 RBIs in 172 games in the Minors, and .251 with a .336 on-base percentage in the Majors over that span.

He has played every position but catcher during a professional career that began in 2003, when Herrera signed with the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic. For the Dodgers, he started at least one game at all three outfield positions, plus second base and third base.

Herrera was first added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster in 2012, so he has at least one Minor League option remaining.

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