The Brewers have officially placed center fielder Carlos Gomez on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. To replace him on the roster, the team announced on Twitter they have called up Jason Rogers from Colorado Springs.
Conventional wisdom may have been that Milwaukee would call up Shane Peterson, who is the only true outfielder on the 40-man roster that is not already in the major leagues. But Rogers has played some left field, so he could be used in a pinch. The Brewers also have Logan Schafer as a more defensive-minded bench outfield option while Gerardo Parra moves into a starting role.
That said, Rogers is primarily a corner infielder, having played 248 minor league games at first base, 127 at third base (almost all in 2014) and 67 in the outfield. But defense is also not Rogers' strong suit. Rather, he has been an excellent hitter every stop of the way in the minor leagues, hitting for a career .288/.368/.459 line.
Rogers, who recently turned 27, was one of Milwaukee's September call-ups last season and picked up a double and a walk in 10 plate appearances. Rogers has been tearing the cover off the ball in Colorado Springs this year, posting a 1.069 OPS to-date.
Hopefully Rogers will become the Brewers go-to pinch-hitting option over the next couple of weeks. That's something the Brewers' haven't really had as they focused on putting together a defensive-minded bench to complement the more offense-heavy starting lineup (regardless of how that's actually worked out, so far). None of Schafer, Luis Jimenez or Hector Gomez are particularly strong batters, so calling up Rogers gives the Brewers a nice late-innings option.
Gomez's trip to the disabled list will be retroactive to Wednesday.