Pagnozzi among Crew’s callups
The Brewers’ September call-ups included one new player and a quartet of returning ones, including a starting pitcher for Monday’s series opener against the Cubs.
The moves involved five players:
- Jimmy Nelson was recalled from Class A Brevard County and is scheduled to pitch at Wrigley Field after spending the weekend on the roster of the Brewers’ Florida State League club, a paper move that allowed the big league team to add a bullpen arm.
- Right-hander Matt Garza and left-hander Wei-Chung Wang were reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. Garza had been sidelined by a left oblique strain since the first week of August and is scheduled to rejoin the rotation on Wednesday. Wang, a seldom-used Rule 5 Draft pick, had been on the DL since July with what the Brewers termed left shoulder tightness.
- Logan Schafer was recalled from Triple-A Nashville in time to bolster a potentially-depleted outfield corps. Starting center fielder Carlos Gomez said he felt a pop in his left wrist during a swing in Sunday’s loss to the Giants, and while x-rays were negative, Gomez is “doubtful” for Monday’s game, according to manager Ron Roenicke. Schafer has batted .183 in 119 Major League plate appearances this season and was demoted to the Minors when the Brewers traded for Gerardo Parra on July 31.
- The newcomer is catcher Matt Pagnozzi, whose contract was purchased from Nashville to be an emergency option for the final month. To create space on a full 40-man roster, the Brewers shifted injured infielder Jeff Bianchi to the 60-day DL. Pagnozzi is the nephew of former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi, and has logged big league time in his own right for the Cardinals, Rockies, Pirates and Astros.
The Brewers on Monday also expect to be joined by reliever Jonathan Broxton, acquired Sunday in a trade with the Reds. Broxton projects to pitch as a set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez.
So, six “new” players if you count Wang, but only two bats, and no Rob Wooten. Since Wang rarely pitched from April to June, it’s difficult to imagine the young lefty seeing significant action in a pennant race.
Remember, the Brewers can always make more additions after Nashville concludes its season on Monday.
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