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Milwaukee Brewers call up pinch running specialist Quintin Berry, DFA Aaron Brooks

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Playing in a ton of close games, the Brewers add a potential late-inning weapon on the basepaths

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September baseball is a different animal compared to the first five months of the season, with expanded rosters allowing managers to focus even more on matchups and specialized roles.

With that in mind, the Brewers are adding another minor piece to their active roster, calling up the recently-signed Quintin Berry from Triple-A.

Berry struggles to hit, but he does do one thing really, really well -- he can run.

While he hasn't played in the majors since 2015, in 125 big league games, Berry is 27-for-28 in stolen base attempts, including stints with the Tigers, Red Sox, Orioles and Cubs.

In the 10 games he's played with Colorado Springs, he's gone 12-for-42 and stolen 2 bases without getting caught. Before signing on with the Brewers organization, Berry was hitting .228/.316/.307 with 15 steals in 18 attempts for the independent Long Island Ducks.

Berry is an outfielder by trade, but it's probably safe to assume that Craig Counsell won't be slotting him into the starting lineup. Considering the amount of close, low-scoring games the Brewers have been playing for much of the second half of the season, adding a late-inning speed threat seems like a decent gamble if Berry can work his way into scoring position and help the team score a few more runs over the next month.

To make room for Berry on the 40-man, the recently claimed Aaron Brooks was designated for assignment. In two starts at Colorado Springs, Brooks has given up 8 runs (4 earned) in 7.2 innings, allowing 11 hits and striking out just 2 batters.

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