Brewers Place Mark Rogers On Paternity List, Recall Infielder Jeff Bianchi

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 15: Jeff Bianchi #14 of the Milwaukee Brewers runs to first base on a fielder's choice in the bottom of the 2nd inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park on July 15, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

As I mentioned moments ago in this morning's Mug, Mark Rogers has left the team this week to be present for the birth of he and his wife Kerrie's first child. He's still expected to rejoin the team in time to pitch on Wednesday as scheduled.

In the meantime, though, the Brewers are using his roster spot to add a bench player. They've placed Rogers on the paternity list and recalled shortstop Jeff Bianchi to take his place. Bianchi made his major league debut as a Brewer earlier this season and went 0-for-12 in seven games. Since returning to Nashville on July 27 he has hits in eleven of his 15 games and has raised his OPS from .750 to .772.

The Brewers' recent acquisition of Jean Segura leaves Bianchi's long term future with the organization somewhat unclear. There's almost certainly not an opportunity for him to play everyday on the horizon, but there's a chance he could make himself a candidate to fill a bench role on this team in 2013 with a strong performance over these last two months.

It's possible the Brewers could simply return Bianchi to AAA when Rogers rejoins the team on Wednesday, meaning his second stint with the big league team would be brief. The Brewers have been carrying one extra pitcher for quite some time, though, so it's also possible they could opt to send someone like Mike McClendon back down when Rogers returns and go back to a normal bench.

I haven't seen it confirmed but I'd assume Bianchi will be with the team and available tonight.

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