The Brewers moved six players off the big league camp roster, including one potential fifth starter candidate, in the first round of cuts Sunday.
That fifth starter candidate is right-hander Amaury Rivas, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He was one of the players mentioned as a potential fill-in for Zack Greinke, who will miss the start of the season with a cracked rib.
The Brewers also optioned pitchers Dan Merklinger and Cody Scarpetta to Double-A Huntsville and returned pitchers Robert Hinton and Roque Mercedes and catcher Anderson De La Rosa to Minor League camp.
The first Minor League full-squad workout was Sunday, but all six players were given until Tuesday to report.
With the moves, 47 players remained in big league camp.
The Brewers just announced that right-hander Roque Mercedes had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. In a nice move, the club invited him to Major League camp.
Mercedes was designated for assignment last week to clear a roster spot for newly-signed outfielder/first baseman Mark Kotsay.
The Brewers just formally announced their one-year deal with Mark Kotsay, including the corresponding roster move necessary to get him onto a full 40-man roster. The victim is right-hander Roque Mercedes, who was designated for assignment to clear a spot.
Mercedes’ second stint with the Brewers lasted less than two months. He originally signed with the Brewers out of the Dominican Republic in 2005 but was traded along with outfielder Cole Gillespie to the D-backs for Felipe Lopez in 2009. The Brewers re-acquired Mercedes, now 24, via the waiver wire in December.
As reported yesterday by SI.com and the Associated Press, Kotsay will earn a $800,000 base salary in 2011, plus up to $450,000 in incentives.
In other moves, the Brewers agreed to 2011 terms with pitchers Mike McClendon and Rule 5 Draft pick Pat Egan. Twenty-six players on the 40-man roster are officially signed for this season.