Brewers place Gerut on disabled list

Brewers place Gerut on disabled list

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ken Macha expected to have just two pinch hitters in Thursday's series finale against the Astros: Joe Inglett and Craig Counsell.

Macha remained true to his word, and as a result, was forced to use Randy Wolf as a pinch hitter in the bottom of the 10th. Wolf struck out ahead of Rickie Weeks, who walked to win the game.

Inglett, who had been limited since Saturday with a sprained left ankle, was the Brewers' top option off the bench Thursday, and he grounded out to second base in his sixth-inning at-bat.

"I talked to Inglett, he's been getting a little bit better," Macha said.

The other two members of his bench, outfielder Jody Gerut and catcher Jonathan Lucroy, were unavailable. Gerut for injury reasons and Lucroy in case of injury to starting catcher George Kottaras.

Gerut, like Inglett, has been limited since Saturday with a bruised right heel. Unlike Inglett, however, Gerut had not made enough progress to be available against the Astros.

"He's still moving a little bit slow, it looks like," Macha said of Gerut.

But Macha said he remained hesitant to move Gerut to the disabled list, in part due to Edmonds' recent progress.

"I tried to explain [Wednesday] that, you [don't] want to lose him for all those days," Macha said. "Edmonds' feeling was he probably could've been back by now, so now we've got to wait until a few more days."

Yet, after Thursday's game the Brewers announced Gerut would be sent to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 23. In his place, the club recalled outfielder Adam Stern from Triple-A Nashville, who was expected to arrive in time for Friday's series opener against the Mets.

Stern's arrival will be a welcomed sight for the Brewers, who have had limited options off the bench over the last four games.

"That's going to get corrected here," said Macha, referring to his team's thin bench. "[Gerut] was in the office with myself and [assistant general manager] Gord [Ash] today. He said he tried to do some dry swinging and it's not happening."