Brewers lose Wheeler to waivers, Kintzler to DL

Brewers lose Wheeler to waivers, Kintzler to DL

PHOENIX -- The Orioles claimed 25-year-old infielder Zelous Wheeler off waivers Thursday amid a busy day of Brewers roster moves.

Besides losing Wheeler, the Brewers optioned reliever Zach Braddock, infielder Taylor Green and catcher Martin Maldonado to Triple-A Nashville. They also placed right-handed reliever Brandon Kintzler on the disabled list with the right elbow inflammation that derailed his Spring Training.

The DL move was expected, and Kintzler will report to Minor League camp on Friday to continue a throwing program. He said he is already ahead of schedule after throwing a successful first bullpen session on Tuesday.

In waiving Wheeler, a popular prospect, the Brewers were freeing space on the 40-man roster for non-roster invitees expected to make the club. One such player, shortstop Cesar Izturis, was informed Thursday that he had made the cut. Wheeler, 25, is a .271 hitter with a .371 on-base percentage in five Minor League seasons. He's primarily a third baseman but has also played shortstop, second base and left field, and dabbled in catching during down time in last year's Arizona Fall League.

Milwaukee has 29 players remaining in big league camp and 38 players, counting Izturis, on the 40-man roster. One 40-man spot is earmarked for pitcher Mark Rogers, who must be re-added when his suspension expires in early April.