05/26/12 2:00 AM ET
Brewers mulling options to replace Estrada
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Izturis placed on DL with strained hamstring
PHOENIX -- The Brewers placed veteran shortstop Cesar Izturis on the 15-day disabled list after he strained his left hamstring during Friday's 7-1 win over the D-backs, an injury that further depleted the team's thinnest position.Cody Ransom, who had just joined the Brewers on Friday after being claimed off waivers, took over at shortstop following Izturis' sixth-inning departure. Ransom will start at short on Saturday. Edwin Maysonet, optioned to Triple-A Nashville to clear Ransom's roster spot, will rejoin the team. The Brewers already lost Opening Day shortstop Alex Gonzalez to a season-ending knee injury. How many hits can the team absorb at that position? "We can't take any more," manager Ron Roenicke said. Izturis said he felt a tug in his hamstring running to second base on his sixth-inning double. When Corey Hart singled to left field, third-base coach Ed Sedar waved Izturis home, but the veteran felt another "grab" and instead held up, then rested his hands on his knees. After a visit from Roenicke, Izturis exited the game. He was examined by a doctor at Chase Field before being immediately placed on the DL. Izturis was unsure about the severity of the injury. "It's hard to tell," he said. "Right now, I'm really sore. We'll see [Saturday] how I feel." Izturis is the sixth member of Milwaukee's Opening Day roster to hit the DL in the first two months of the regular season. "It's unbelievable," Izturis said. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said the Brewers expected to get back a bit of Minor League shortstop depth on Saturday, when offseason acquisition Jeff Bianchi comes off the Triple-A DL. He is batting .346 in the Minors this season.
Ransom joins Brewers, thrust into starting role
PHOENIX -- Cody Ransom was an Arizona Diamondback on Monday, a Milwaukee Brewer on Wednesday and the Brewers' new starting shortstop by Friday night.Ransom has suddenly become a very important player for Milwaukee, which has already lost Opening Day shortstop Alez Gonzalez to a season-ending knee injury and suffered another blow in Friday's win over the D-backs, when Cesar Izturis strained his left hamstring. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list. "That's a big pick-up," Brewers right fielder Corey Hart said of Ransom. The D-backs designated Ransom for assignment on Monday and the Brewers claimed him off waivers on Wednesday, making for some convenient travel. Ransom grew up in suburban Phoenix and still lives in the area, so he'd been at home with his wife and two children. "It's been pretty relaxing," he said. "I've been at the house. I haven't done anything since Sunday." Ransom batted .269 for Arizona with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 52 at-bats. He was surprised when they removed him from the roster on Monday. Of being picked up by the Brewers, Ransom said, "Good. I've got a job. At that point, I was excited to be going somewhere, to be staying in the big leagues and not going back to Triple-A somewhere. We'll see how it goes." The Brewers optioned Edwin Maysonet back to Triple-A Nashville to clear space for Ransom, then had to recall Maysonet on Friday night after Izturis was injured. Ransom will make his first Brewers start Saturday against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Estrada hoping for quick stint on DL
PHOENIX -- Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada was told he could miss more than a month with his strained right quadriceps. He's hoping to beat that projection."We're hoping for two weeks, hopefully it's less," he said. "I did hear 4-6 weeks. They said that's how long it normally takes. I had a cortisone shot and they told me that could speed up the process." Estrada suffered a slight tear of his right quadriceps while legging out a two-run double in the first inning of Wednesday's win over the Giants. The Brewers placed him on the 15-day DL on Thursday. Estrada was able to put weight on his right leg but was barred from physical activity for a few days while the cortisone does its work. Eventually, he hopes to resume throwing to keep his arm in shape while his leg heals. "I have to do something," Estrada said.
Friday marked the five-year anniversary of Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun's Major League debut. He was 1-for-4 with a double, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs at San Diego on May 25, 2007.
In the five years that followe, Braun led the Majors with 1,720 total bases and 395 extra-base hits. He also ranked second in that span with 537 runs scored, third with a .566 slugging percentage and fourth with 173 home runs and 562 RBIs. The Brewers activated former first-round Draft pick Jed Bradley from Class A Brevard County's disabled list in time for a Friday night start at Dunedin, Fla. Bradley, the second of Milwaukee's two first-round picks in last year's First-Year Player Draft, had missed time with a groin strain. Also in the Minors, the Brewers traded Nashville catcher Paul Phillips to Toronto for cash. It was an easy transition; the Sounds were already in Las Vegas playing Toronto's top affiliate.