Brewers add three to list of first cuts

Three more added to first cuts

PHOENIX -- Turns out that the Brewers' cut list was a bit longer than the team first reported Friday.

On Saturday came news that right-hander Tim Dillard had been optioned to Triple-A Nashville and that catcher Andy Bouchie and outfielder Matt LaPorta were returned to Minor League camp. All three of the moves were finalized Friday, but because the players were in Peoria, Ariz., for the Brewers' night game against the Padres, they were not announced until Saturday morning.

LaPorta was Milwaukee's first-round pick in last year's Draft and batted .353 with two doubles in nine Cactus League games. He's considered an offensive prodigy who is entering his second full season in left field. So far so good, according to Brewers manager Ned Yost.

"He's a nice kid, works hard, got great tools," Yost said. "He just needs to play. If I don't notice you [defensively], you're really doing OK. I never really noticed his defense, so that's a good sign."

Saturday's moves were announced a day after pitchers Zach Jackson and Luis Pena and infielder/outfielders Hernan Iribarren and Brad Nelson were optioned to Nashville. Yost did not get a chance to speak one-on-one with Nelson on Friday, so he walked over to the Minor League clubhouse Saturday morning to do so.

Nelson batted .154 in Spring Training games, but left a positive impression.

"This is the best I've ever seen Brad," Yost said. "It's as good as I've seen him in all the years he's been coming here. He needs to keep working, keeps persevering. He was the Brad Nelson I've heard about this spring."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.