HOUSTON,TX- JULY 07: Cesar Izturis #3 of the Milwaukee Brewers throws off balance to first base against the Houston Astros on July 7, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
UPDATE: Mike Vassallo reports that the Brewers have recalled Jean Segura from Huntsville to take Izturis' place on the roster. Segura had hit .433/.500/.533 but appeared in just eight games for the Stars. He appeared in one game as an Angel earlier this season, so tonight could be his Brewer debut but not his MLB debut.
A few minutes ago Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post posted the following on Twitter:
The fact that the Brewers allowed Izturis to be claimed off waivers is hardly surprising. His bat had warmed a little lately (he was hitting .297/.297/.484 since August 4) but he's still batting just .235/.248/.333 in 57 games this season. He's due slightly less than $350,000 as a prorated share of the $875k contract he signed with the Brewers in December.
Izturis may have been better lately, but his overall offensive numbers are right in line with his recent norms. His .582 OPS is actually an improvement over the .545 mark he posted in his last full major league season in 2010. He's also 32 years old and arguably would have represented the Brewers' fourth or fifth best option to fill the shortstop position next season.
In the meantime, the Brewers will likely need to call someone up today to fill Izturis' spot on the roster unless they're planning on playing with one shortstop. Edwin Maysonet, Jean Segura or Jeff Bianchi could all be options. See above, Segura is the callup.