The Brewers were starting to hurt badly from the rash of injuries that had hit their team. They had wanted to try and weather the storm, but it got to the point where they had to make a roster move.
First, Chris Narveson was added to the 15-day DL with a sprained middle finger, which he injured while warming up in the bullpen on Saturday. It has been a tough road to recovery for Narveson, who made only two starts last year before his season ended with a torn rotator cuff. The move to the bullpen was made to ease Narveson's work load, but this will set him back again, though not as badly as last time.
To take Narveson's place on the roster, the contract of Blake Lalli was purchased from Nashville. Lalli was the last position player cut in spring training, as Khris Davis won the last roster spot in the final days. Lalli was impressive in spring, batting .286 in 49 at-bats. Plus, his dual experience at first base and catcher made him an attractive bench option. The Brewers needed a real first baseman on their roster, as they had been filling the position with other players to start the season.
Because Lalli was not on the 40-man roster, the Brewers made another move by transferring Corey Hart to the 60-day DL. This move means that he cannot return sooner than May 30, which is later than the Brewers had hoped. However, with Scooter Gennett the only other infielder available on the 40-man roster, the Brewers injury situation made the move necessary.