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12/14/2005 11:50 AM ET
Brewers sign LHP Wilfredo Rodriguez to Minor League contract with invitation to Spring Training
Club also extends Spring Training invitations to three
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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have signed left-handed pitcher Wilfredo Rodriguez to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, it was announced today by Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin. Additionally, the Brewers extended invitations to Major League camp to a trio of Minor League players including left-handed pitcher Zach Jackson and catchers Lou Palmisano and Wisconsin native Vinny Rottino.

Rodriguez, 26, spent the majority of the 2005 season with Frisco, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, where he posted a 4-5 mark alongside a 3.80 ERA in 12 starts. He also made a pair of starts for Triple-A Oklahoma recording no decisions with a 1.42 ERA.

Jackson, 22, was a first-round selection (32nd overall) for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 and was the player to be named later in last week's five-player trade with Toronto. He appeared at three levels in the Blue Jays organization in 2005 playing for Class A Dunedin, Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Syracuse. Jackson tied for the top mark in all of the minors with 16 wins and recorded a combined 3.92 ERA in 27 starts spanning 160.2 innings. His strikeout-to-walk ratio exceeded 3:1 as he struck out 124 batters and issued just 39 walks.

Palmisano, 23, spent the 2005 season with Class A Brevard County hitting .255 with five home runs and 49 RBI in 118 contests. He established career marks in games played and triples, and his seven triples ranked fifth in the Florida State League.

Rottino, 25, split the 2005 campaign with Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville. Rottino began the season in Double-A recording a .296 average with six home runs and 52 RBI in 120 contests. He was promoted to Nashville in August and played nine games for the Sounds, hitting .345 with one home run and two runs batted in.

These additions bring the Brewers 2006 non-roster invite list for Major League camp to 11 players.

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