HOUSTON - JUNE 05: Shortstop Tommy Manzella #12 of the Houston Astros makes a diving stop on a ball hit up the middle against the Chicago Cubs at Minute Maid Park on June 5, 2010 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
The Milwaukee Brewers have signed shortstop Tommy Manzella to a minor league deal to provide infield depth while Alex Gonzalez is out for the season with a torn ACL, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:
Manzella, 29, has just 90 games under his belt as a pro, all with the Houston Astros. He was their opening day starter in 2010, but after little more than 280 plate appearances and going just .225/.267/.264, Manzella spent the 2011 season in Triple-A.
He was with Houston affiliate AAA Oklahoma City before being designated for assignment. Claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks shortly thereafter, he was removed from their 40-man in September but remained with AAA Reno.
Manzella was hitting .100/.143/.125 in 43 plate appearances with Triple-A Reno this season.
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