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Gamel replaces waiver claim Heether

Gamel replaces waiver claim Heether

MIAMI -- Longtime Brewers farmhand Adam Heether, fresh off a two-homer game, was claimed off waivers Thursday by the Oakland A's and replaced at Triple-A Nashville by rehabbing third-base prospect Mat Gamel.

Gamel is still in the midst of a 20-game rehabilitation assignment as he recovers from a torn muscle in his upper back, behind his right shoulder, that he suffered in Spring Training. He batted .393 in eight games for Double-A Huntsville with a home run and five RBIs before Thursday's promotion.

Heether's two homers in Triple-A Nashville's win over Albuquerque on Wednesday night gave him nine this season, three more than any other Milwaukee farmhand. He is hitting .245 this season with 28 RBIs.

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The Brewers also formally announced the signing of reliever Brian Bruney, released by the Nationals last month, to a Minor League contract. The Brewers assigned Bruney to the Helena roster but that's a formality while he goes to extended spring camp to get back to pitching shape. Bruney will report to Nashville before long.

And, as expected, former first-round Draft pick Mark Rogers was transferred back to Double-A Huntsville after making one start for Nashville on Wednesday night. Rogers helped the Sounds bridge the gap to right-hander Marco Estrada's return to the Triple-A rotation.

Also, outfielder Adam Stern, designated for assignment on Monday, cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville.

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