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The Brewers “traded” Triple-A outfielder Jason Tyner to the Tigers’ top affiliate on Wednesday to clear a spot for prospect Cole Gillespie, who was slowed by a sore right elbow to start the season but was ready to report to Nashville on Thursday.
Tyner was sent to Toledo for future considerations, but don’t hold your breath. It was really about finding him a job because opportunities were thin in Nashville and, with Gillespie joining the fray, about to become even thinner.
“We didn’t know what the situation was going to be at the end of Spring Training when [Tyner] became available,” Brewers assistant GM Gord Ash said. “We didn’t think [Tony] Gwynn would get to Nashville, so we were planning for him not being there.”
But Gwynn did clear waivers and was assigned to Nashville. The Sounds also have Jason Bourgeois, another player similar to both Gwynn and Tyner.
“So with Tyner, we were able to accommodate him with a trade rather than release him,” Ash said.
Gillespie started the year at Class A Brevard County to test his elbow. He went 2-for-2 on Wednesday night with a pair of walks and batted .349 during his stay there.
In another move, Ash said the Sounds were poised to place left-hander Sam Narron on the seven-day disabled list with a sore elbow. Ash spoke Thursday morning with Triple-A trainer Jeff Paxson, who expects Narron to miss only a week or so. To fill the spot, Double-A closer Juan Sandoval was promoted to Nashville.
There are strong indications today that Tony Gwynn Jr. has either been placed on waivers or that a trade is in the works. Manager Ken Macha directed questions to general manager Doug Melvin, who wouldn’t or couldn’t elaborate.
“I can’t [say] either,” Melvin said.
When might he be able to provide the answer?
“Tomorrow,” Melvin said.
That response, coupled with the fact that Gwynn did not play in Wednesday’s game and was probably not going to appear on Thursday was a good hint that Gwynn, who is out of Minor League options, is on waivers. If he clears, the Brewers would assign Gwynn to Triple-A Nashville.
Gwynn was to travel with the Brewers on Thursday evening to Los Angeles. The Brewers won’t set their roster until it’s due on Sunday, so a handful of players will board the team charter with some degree of uncertainty about their status. The roster would be essentially set if Gwynn does not make the cut, but there’s always a chance of a last-minute trade, waiver claim or an injury.
For the second straight season, an injury came at a bad time for Gwynn. He was supposed to serve as the starting center fielder last April before a hamstring strain sidelined him. He reported to camp this spring with the fourth outfielder’s job all but locked up, but missed the first half of Spring Training with a sore throwing shoulder. In 25 at-bats after he recovered, Gwynn batted .160.
“We know Tony and we’ve seen what he can do,” Melvin said. “It’s probably been a little harder for Ken and his new staff to evaluate him, because they haven’t seen him. But we’ve told them what he can do and what he can’t do. He’s still a good player and everything. He fits what Duffy does, a little bit.”
if Gwynn clears waivers, he would join a very crowded outfield situation in Nashville. Brendan Katin and Cole Gillespie are expected to see time at the corners, though Gillespie is dealing with an elbow strain at the moment. Minor League veterans Jason Bourgeois, Adam Stern and Jason Tyner are also under contract — Tyner just signed this week, and had three hits in the Triple-A game on Wednesday.
Stern might be assigned to Double-A Huntsville, Melvin said, and so could Lorenzo Cain, though Cain may remain in extended Spring Training because of a “tweaked” hamstring.
If Trot Nixon does not win a roster spot with the Brewers, the organization might not have a job for him at Triple-A.
So said general manager Doug Melvin, who met with Nixon last week. Nixon switched from No. 3 to No. 93 on March 14 but it has not helped him shake his spring slump, and with a .108 batting average it appears that he’s behind in the Brewers’ race for backup outfield spots.
“We had a conversation and I let him know where he stood at this time,” Melvin said. “The tough thing about Spring Training is evaluating the numbers, but I told him that if he didn’t make our big club, there wasn’t a guarantee of anything at Triple-A at this point.
“There’s still a lot of time left, though,” Melvin added. “The thing is, as long as you have a uniform on, you have a chance of making the ballclub. Trot is a real pro and he tries hard and he gives his best effort. In Spring Training, a couple of balls fall in for hits and the story is totally different.”
One thing is certain: Nixon is doing everything he can to get on track. He has not started a Brewers “A” game since March 15, but on Friday he asked for at-bats in a Triple-A game.
I tried over the weekend to ask him how he was doing, but he was not in the mood to chat.
“I really feel like talking about it, to be honest with you,” Nixon said with his head down.
Other outfielders are ticketed for Triple-A over Nixon. Prospects Cole Gillespie and Brendan Katin are likely to play in Nashville and the team is mulling whether to send Lorenzo Cain there. Jason Bourgeois, who is in big league camp, will go to Nashville. If Chris Duffy does not make the cut he would probably be assigned there, too. Ditto for Tony Gwynn Jr. or Brad Nelson, though the Brewers would have to pass that duo through waivers first.
So you can see that it’s crowded. Nixon, 34, would have a lot of competition for playing time.