Brewers to add three players as rosters expand

Brewers to add three players as rosters expand

Brewers to add three players as rosters expand
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers said their list of Sept. 1 callups would be short, and they weren't kidding. The team announced that only three extra players would be in uniform when rosters expand Thursday -- outfielders Carlos Gomez and Logan Schafer and catcher Martin Maldonado.

All three will be in uniform for Thursday's afternoon series finale against the Cardinals. The Brewers will probably promote more players in the days to come, either as need dictates or after Triple-A Nashville's season ends on Monday.

Gomez is coming off the 15-day disabled list, recovered from the fractured left collarbone that had sidelined him since July 20. Maldonado was to be recalled from Nashville and Schafer's contract purchased, meaning he will join the team's 40-man roster for the first time. The Brewers would have had to add Schafer this winter anyway to avoid exposing him to December's Rule 5 Draft.

Schafer, 24, will also participate in the prospect-rich Arizona Fall League, a way to make up time he lost earlier this season to a fractured thumb. He was 2-for-4 with a triple in the Sounds' 1-0 win on Wednesday, and batted .331 with five home runs and 23 RBIs at Nashville.

Maldonado, who turned 25 in August, was regarded as a defensive catcher until this season. He hit .321 with eight homers and 25 RBIs in 39 games at Nashville, and belted 11 homers with 59 RBIs in 103 games in the Minors this season.