Spring training cuts: Halton, Burgos, Fiers optioned, four others sent down

Mike McGinnis

The Brewers are down to 36 candidates for the 25 spots on the Opening Day roster.

During today's game Adam McCalvy noticed that Mike Fiers had cleaned out his locker. He's heading over to the minor league complex tomorrow, but he won't be alone.

Following the game the Brewers announced Fiers, first baseman Sean Halton and pitcher Hiram Burgos have been optioned to Nashville. Of those three the biggest surprise may be Halton, who went 2-for-2 in Friday's win and was actually having a pretty good spring. He was batting .261 and had already drawn seven walks in 30 plate appearances. Meanwhile, the move adds insult to injury for Burgos on a day where he allowed back-to-back home runs in a relief appearance.

Joining those three on the walk over to the minor league side are four non-roster invitees: Outfielder Kevin Mattison, catcher Matt Pagnozzi, infielder Eugenio Velez and reliever Dustin Molleken. None of the four were notable candidates to make the MLB roster, although they've received pretty significant playing time this spring as the Brewers worked to fill the late innings of games.

Pagnozzi will be replaced on the spring roster by minor league catcher Lucas May. The Brewers signed May as a free agent this winter after he caught 57 games for AAA Indianapolis in the Pirates organization last season.

Counting May, the Brewers now have 36 players in major league camp.

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