9/3/2014 1:44 A.M. ET
Milwaukee adds trio of infielders to roster
Gindl designated for assignment, Burgos released to make room on 40-man
By Daniel Kramer / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- The Brewers continued their roster expansion adjustments Tuesday by designating outfielder Caleb Gindl and releasing right-handed starter Hiram Burgos to clear space on the 40-man for infielders Hector Gomez, Matt Clark and Jason Rogers.
The trio joins the Brewers in what is shaping up as a tight National League pennant race.
"I think most of the time, it's the fit we thought would come up in ballgames when you need to win a game, what do you need on your bench? That's what most of this is," manager Ron Roenicke said, noting the trio of infielders is the most the Brewers have called up at once during his four seasons. "But some of them may end up getting some starts."
Clark has been a pleasant addition for a prospect inked to a Minor League deal on July 5. He played formidably for the Mets' Double-A affiliate, but was granted a requested release on June 25 due to a lack of 40-man roster space and playing time.
"I figured I might as well just roll the dice and see what happens," Clark said Tuesday at Wrigley Field. "I was willing to sacrifice the season and sit at home just because I thought I would be in a better situation regardless of what would happen, than sitting there and not playing every day."
Clark jumped a class to Triple-A Nashville upon signing with the Brewers, and has belted 16 homers with 37 RBIs while elevating his average to .316 in 53 games during that span.
Clark took over at first base in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 7-1 loss for Mark Reynolds, who pinch-hit for starting first baseman Lyle Overybay, then moved to third when Clark came off the bench. Clark flew out to center field in his lone at-bat in the ninth.
Roenicke said that Clark could start as soon as Thursday. It's a position that's seen split-time from Reynolds and Overbay, both of whom are in the final years of their respective contracts.
"We'll see. He was really hot there for a while, so you hate to sit him too long," Roenicke said of Clark, who played five seasons in the Padres farm system and a year in Japan before joining the Mets organization in 2014.
Rogers also pinch-hit Tuesday, lining a two-out double to right in his first big league at-bat. Rogers gives the Crew another bat off the bench. He boasted a .316/.379/.568 slash line with 11 homers and 39 RBIs over 57 games after climbing from Double-A to Nashville on June 27.
A 32nd round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Rogers shifted from first to third base this year, a position he played at Columbus (Ga.) State University. Roenicke said Rogers could also play the outfield corner positions.
"Jason, basically a hitter," Roenicke said of Rogers foreseen role. "He's had a nice year offensively. Yes, he plays third base. He's a first baseman naturally, but he really didn't play a lot of first base this year. So to put him over there, I'm sure he could do it."
Gomez joins the Brewers riding a .391 batting average over the last month, with 12 of his 25 hits going for extra bases in that stretch.
Burgos' Brewers run ends amid a hindered right shoulder, which ended his season last year on July 7, and required "clean up" surgery this past June. Burgos went 1-3 with a 6.50 ERA in four starts with Nashville this year, and he never threw more than five innings in a start. Burgos was the Brewers' Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2012, with a 10-4 record and 1.95 ERA at three classes.
Gindl widened his exposure last year during Ryan Braun's 50-game suspension to end the season, posting a slash line of .242/.340/.439 in 57 games, including 34 starts. Yet 2014 has been a major hurdle for the 26-year-old outfielder -- and not just with the Brewers. Gindl is hitting .227 with Triple-A Nashville this year, and .149 over the last month with 15 strikeouts in 47 at-bats.
The trio of Tuesday callups supplement the five additions the Brewers made Monday, including pitchers Matt Garza, Jimmy Nelson, Wei-Chung Wang, catcher Matt Pagnozzi and outfielder Logan Schafer.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.