Brewers Release Infielder Donnie Murphy

USA TODAY Sports

They informed him yesterday he wasn't going to make the team, and today he's gone.

A day later, the Yuni fallout continues.

After signing Yuniesky Betancourt yesterday the Brewers informed infielder Donnie Murphy that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster, and today he requested and received his release. Murphy appeared in 24 Cactus League games this spring and hit .239/.314/.457 over 46 plate appearances.

It's disappointing but hardly surprising to see Murphy decide to try his luck elsewhere. When the organization went out of their way to sign Betancourt to replace him on the roster, it made it pretty clear they don't think highly of his work.

Murphy's departure may leave the Brewers with a real depth issue in the infield in the upper levels of the minors. With Murphy gone and Jeff Bianchi (who has played in just one game since March 2) on the shelf with an injury, it's unclear at this point who will play shortstop for AAA Nashville next week. The responsibility may fall to Hainley Statia, who hit .257/.326/.301 between AA and AAA a year ago.

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