Roenicke says Brewers' callups will play

Roenicke says Brewers' callups will play

Roenicke says Brewers' callups will play
MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers' September callups were not promoted to sit on the bench and soak in the Major League experience. Manager Ron Roenicke said outfielder Logan Schafer and catcher Martin Maldonado are going to play.

Schafer gives Roenicke the freedom to more liberally use another player activated on Thursday, speedster Carlos Gomez, and still have a quality defensive center fielder in reserve.

"The difference is that Gomez, we can put him in late in a game to steal a base. Even if they know he's going to steal a base, he can still steal it," Roenicke said. "Schafer can still steal bases, but he's not like Carlos. ... It just gives me two guys I can do two different things with instead of having to pick one or the other with Carlos."

Likewise, Roenicke said he would have no problem using Maldonado behind the plate in a close, meaningful game. He's long been regarded as a defensive catcher but this year blossomed at the plate, batting .321 with eight homers in 39 games for Triple-A Nashville.

The Brewers will make additional promotions as needed, and will keep a particular eye on the bullpen. Right-hander Tim Dillard will be back after Sept. 5, but at the moment, Roenicke said the team is covered there.

"That's easy, because you can go day to day, and if you have a tough game, you bring a guy up," he said.

It's unclear whether the Brewers will reward prospects Wily Peralta and Mike Fiers with September callups. Club officials have discussed both players, and Peralta is already on the 40-man roster.