Brewers claim pitcher Roque Mercedes off waivers from Arizona


Mercedes is 24 and a former Brewer farmhand: He was sent to Arizona in 2009 as part of the Felipe Lopez deal. Last year, he made 38 relief appearances for Mobile (AA), posting a 4.36 ERA, striking out 45 and walking 24 in 53.2 innings. His best year was 2009, when he posted a 1.78 ERA between Brevard County (before the trade) and Mobile.