The Milwaukee Brewers' utility infield roulette wheel spun furiously Tuesday as Yuniesky Betancourt returned to the fold and Donnie Murphy was told he was out. Toss in the move of Taylor Green to the disabled list and the likelihood that Jeff Bianchi would follow him there soon and it was a very busy time on what was a scheduled day off for the Brewers. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed Betancourt had signed a major-league deal and would be at the team's spring training site Wednesday for a physical. "I've talked to Donnie Murphy and told him there would probably be no opportunity for him on the big-league club," said Melvin " 'Yuni' can come in and back up the three infield positions, give us a bat off the bench. He's got more experience than Donnie, and we thought that was important." Earlier in the day, the Brewers placed Green on the 15-day DL with a left hip labral injury, retroactive to March 22. Melvin said it is likely that Bianchi also will land on the DL with a hip injury. Of Green's injury, assistant general manager Gord Ash said, "We don't expect surgery, and hopefully he can strengthen this and get back on the field. When he is ready he will start his rehab here in Phoenix and move on to (Class AAA) Nashville when ready." Murphy, in camp as a non-roster player, was batting .239 in 24 exhibition games with two homers and six RBI. He struck out 16 times and had a .314 on-base percentage. Murphy likely will exercise an out clause in his deal and look elsewhere for a job. Melvin said the Brewers might have to carry 13 pitchers until newly signed Kyle Lohse gets some innings under his belt. If so, that would leave only four bench jobs. If you label Alex Gonzalez the starting first baseman, three reserve roles would go to catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Logan Schafer and Betancourt.
Yuniesky Betancourt returns to Brewers, Donnie Murphy loses out
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Mar 27