Scooter Gennett has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the season's early going, hitting .258/.361/.516 with four home runs through his first 72 plate appearances. The second baseman was scratched from the lineup prior to Tuesday's game in Chicago, however, after experiencing some issues during batting practice. After receiving further evalutation from Milwaukee's medical staff and Dr. William Raasch, the Brewers announced today via Twitter that they have elected to place Gennett on the 15-day disabled list with what's being described as "right oblique tightness."
In Gennett's place, the Brewers have purchased the contract of infielder Hernan Perez from AAA Colorado Springs. Perez spent a significant amount of time with the Brewers last season after being claimed from the Tigers and hit .270/.281/.365 with a homer and four stolen bases in 238 plate appearances. He was outrighted from the 40-man roster following the end of the season but resigned with Milwaukee on a minor league deal.
Perez is capable of playing second base, third base, and shortstop and was off to a strong start with the Sky Sox, having hit .339/.364/.484 with a home run and two steals through his first 67 plate appearances. He'll likely compete for playing time at the keystone with slick-fielding Yadiel Rivera and Rule 5 pick Colin Walsh.
To make room for Perez on the 40 man roster, Milwaukee has transferred injured RHP Matt Garza to the 60-day disabled list. Garza has yet to appear in a game this season after going on the DL on April 5th, and he'll now have to wait until at least June to return to action with the Brewers. According to Adam McCalvy, Garza should be ready to at least resume a throwing program soon. He posted a 5.63 ERA and 4.94 FIP in 26 games (25 starts) in 2015.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs