PHOENIX -- The Brewers plan to use Martin Maldonado and not veteran Mike Rivera as the No. 1 catcher at Triple-A Nashville this season. Rivera, 34, and Milwaukee's backup catcher from 2006-09, was informed several days ago that he will not make the Brewers' Opening Day roster. He expects to back up Maldonado and will also play some first base. "Rivera will catch enough to where, if we need somebody here [in the Majors], we can grab whatever we think we need here," manager Ron Roenicke said.
The manager called 24-year-old Maldonado, "a nice defensive catcher. He had a couple of real nice at-bats here. If you look at his bio, he hasn't had a lot of at-bats in a season, so for him to go down there and get a lot of at-bats, we're going to see, offensively, where he is. ... "I know Bengie Molina, when he was early-on with the Angels, he wasn't getting a lot of at-bats. He was always a backup. Then he plays a lot, and all of a sudden he turns into a great offensive player. So, you're not sure."