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Brewers send Scooter Gennett to disabled list, purchase contract of Elian Herrera

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Gennett's DL stint will be backdated to April 19 while Brandon Kintzler was DFA'd so Herrera could be added to the 40-man roster.

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Monday, the Brewers admitted they may need to place second baseman Scooter Gennett on the disabled list if his finger injury lingered. One day later and the Brewers have chosen to go that route, putting Gennett on the 15-day DL and calling up Elian Herrera from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Gennett, of course, sliced open his finger while showering too danged hard. He says he had been reaching for his body wash when the metal holder got a hold of him, resulting in a few stitches and a couple weeks rest.

The Brewers' second baseman had been hitting for just a  .207/.303/.207 line on the year after posting a .780 OPS in his first two major league seasons. Hector Gomez has been starting in place of Gennett since his injury.

Herrera was almost called up by Milwaukee when Carlos Gomez was placed on the disabled list last week, but the Brewers instead opted to bring in Jason Rogers, who had already been on the 40-man roster. Herrera has never been much of a hitter, but can play all over the diamond and has been crushing the ball for the Sky Sox, posting a .422/.500/.644 line in 11 games. In 140 career major league games -- including 69 for the Brewers last year -- Herrera is a career .261/.318/.333 hitter.

With this move, the Brewers now have three of their starting eight position players on the disabled list. Carlos Gomez has been hampered by a hamstring injury and Jonathan Lucroy was just added to the DL on Monday after breaking his toe during that day's game.

To make room for Herrera on the 40-man, the Brewers announced they have designated Brandon Kintzler for assignment.