Brewer Daily News for March 28th: Bianchi on DL, Betancourt official, Crew romps Royals
Good morning everyone and welcome to another edition of Brewer Daily News. This Thursday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers have once again added to their disabled list for the 2013 season. Yesterday, the Brewers and Yuniesky Betancourt became offically reunited as he passed his physical. In the last bit of news, the Brewers beat up on the Kansas City Royals yesterday afternoon.
Jeff Bianchi had the utility infield role locked up. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
By moving Jeff Bianchi and Corey Hart to the disabled list yesterday, the Brewers’ injured list is now sitting at five. With Taylor Green, Mark Rogers and the obvious Mat Gamel already on the DL, the Brewers are facing some serious back-up issues.
Bianchi was placed on the DL due to groin and hip injuries and isn’t expected back any time soon. Hart was placed on the 15-day disabled list instead of the 60-day in case he feels he might come back sooner than later.
Moving on, the Brewers and Betancourt are official once again. Betancourt, 31, will look to expand in his role with the team as the utility infielder, which he did in 2011. With Betancourt signing and making the team, the chance for Donnie Murphy is long gone.
"“I think Donnie Murphy is a Major League utility man,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “The thing with the opportunity to get Yuni is, we had Yuni [in 2011], we liked what he did for us, we think he could be a really good utility man. We’re more familiar with Yuni than we are Murphy.” – via Brewers.com"
Last season Betancourt played for the Royals and hit .228/.256/.400 in 57 games with 36 RBIs, 14 doubles and seven home runs. Betancourt signed a one-year deal with Milwaukee.
Yesterday the Brewers beat one of the Royals’ split squads 9-1. Yovani Gallardo started for the Brew Crew and went 6 1/3 innings while giving up one run, two hits, walked three and struck out two. Luis Mendoza started for the Royals and pitched 5 2/3 innings while getting tagged for four runs, 10 hits and struck out three.
Alex Gonzalez and Hainley Statia both had huge days at the plate going 2-for-3 with home runs and two RBIs a piece. Aramis Ramirez went 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Norichika Aoki, Martin Maldonado, Jean Segura and even Gallardo all pitched in with hits for the team.
Today the Brewers will face the Colorado Rockies at 4:05 p.m. EST / 3:05 p.m. CST. The starters will be the newly acquired Kyle Lohse for Milwaukee and Nick Schmidt for Colorado.