9/1/2014 3:53 P.M. ET
Broxton joins Brewers, adds experience to 'pen
By Daniel Kramer / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Recently acquired right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton joined the Brewers Monday at Wrigley Field as the team began a three-game series against the Cubs.
Manager Ron Roenicke said that Broxton will be largely used as the setup reliever to closer Francisco Rodriguez, whose 39 saves are tied for fourth most in the Majors. Broxton boasts a 1.86 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 48 1/3 innings this season.
Roenicke indicated that righty-lefty matchups will play little consequence in his late-game pitching decisions.
"There's not any restrictions for me," Roenicke said. "I haven't really looked at the exact splits on [Broxton], but I know that [whether] you're the eighth-inning guy or the closer, you don't care about those things."
The manager also noted that Will Smith could still serve as a late-innings reliever despite a recent fall off from his stellar start to the season. Roenicke said his game decisions for the two wouldn't necessarily be dictated by platoon.
Broxton started the season as the Reds' closer with Aroldis Chapman on the disabled list, but has primarily served as a setup reliever since Chapman's return on May 10.
"My whole career, I've pitched anywhere from seventh to the ninth," said Broxton, who was also the Dodgers' closer for parts of three seasons. "I've got experience in all the roles. Whatever [Roenicke] needs, I'm going to go out there and do my best."
The 10-year veteran was dealt on Sunday's waiver-trade deadline from the Reds for two players to be named later.
Broxton's addition also proves worthy in their long-term bullpen plans with the possibility of Rodriguez leaving via free agency.
Broxton is currently in the second year of a three-year, $22 million deal that has a mutual option clause for 2016.
Gomez sits with wrist injury, will likely get MRI
CHICAGO -- Carlos Gomez was not in the Brewers' lineup for Monday's series opener at Wrigley Field after leaving Sunday's game against the Giants with a left wrist injury.
Manager Ron Roenicke said that X-rays taken on Sunday were negative, but that an MRI will likely be conducted also. Roenicke was unsure to the severity of Gomez's injury, but said that the two-time All-Star exhibited a healthier demeanor Monday.
"I'm encouraged today," Roenicke said while noting that Gomez will likely miss more than a game. "You would think if it was really bad, it'd be worse today than it was yesterday."
Gomez said he felt a "pop" in the wrist during a third-inning strikeout, in which he spun 360-degrees before dropping the bat, conferring with head athletic trainer Dan Wright and ultimately leaving the game.
Roenicke said Gomez's more forceful swing than the typical hitter could have been a contributing factor to the soreness that led to the injury.
"Hand or wrist is not good for him," Roenicke said of Gomez, who has been the team's leadoff hitter in 88 of his 127 starts. "There's no easing back on swings, and the way he plays, his whole game depends on him being physically close to 100 percent."
Gerardo Parra took over Gomez's post in center field and batted sixth in Monday's series opener against the Cubs as he did Sunday. Since arriving from Arizona at the Trade Deadline, Parra has a .222/.286/.378 slash line with four extra-base hits, three walks and seven RBIs in 23 games, nine of which he's started.
"Any time you have one of your guys that sparks the team, when he's out of there and you can replace him with a guy that's really good, it makes a big difference," Roenicke said of Parra.
The team also called up utility outfielder Logan Schafer in an expected move as rosters expanded to 40 on Monday.
Roenicke didn't rule out the return of injured third baseman Jeff Bianchi before season's end, but offered a grounded sentiment.
"I don't know," Roenicke said. "He's got to start making a lot of progress. He's made some progress, but he's still not out there throwing and hitting."
Bianchi has been on the disabled list since July 18 with a right elbow strain. MRIs have not found any structural damage, but Bianchi is still unable to throw and swing. He's been taking ground balls since Aug. 13.
Bianchi is currently in Milwaukee with his wife and newborn child.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.