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.
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.