Earlier today the Milwaukee Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt from the Oakland A’s, and after today’s win over the Braves they moved Jett Bandy to AAA Colorado Springs to make room on the major league roster for Vogt.
The move probably means that Manny Pina has solidified his hold on the starting job, and Vogt will back him up. Vogt boasts a left handed bat, and is a former All Star.
Brinson moves to the Sky Sox after a not-so-successful stint with the Brewers while Ryan Braun recovered on the DL with his strained calf. Braun just finished a rehab stint at low A Appleton, and will join the Brewers in Cincinnati. Brinson appeared in 13 games for the Brewers and had just 3 hits in 30 at bats. He had a triple, didn’t score or drive in a run, walked 3 times, and struck out 13 times. He had one stolen base. Brinson will get regular playing time at the Springs, and will most likely be back up in September. Of course, if he performs well in AAA and the Brewers end up with a need for an outfielder due to injury, he could be back sooner.
Another move will still need to be made to return Jonathan Villar to the major league roster. A DFA of Nick Franklin is the most likely solution.
The move for Vogt might be an indication that the Brewers and David Stearns are taking the run in first place somewhat seriously. Bandy had been in the throes of a slump, and Pina has established himself as the player that deserves the most time. Manny had another pick-off of a runner at second today, gunning down Matt Adams in the second inning when there were two on and one out with the Brewers only up 3-0. A single followed, but Zach Davies got out of the inning with no runs allowed by retiring pitcher Julio Teheran.