PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Brewers returned infielder Edwin Maysonet to Minor League camp on Saturday morning, meaning club officials had completed their evaluations six days before the season opener against St. Louis. Twenty-seven players remain in Major League camp. One is left-hander Juan Perez, who will get a look over the Brewers' remaining days of Spring Training but will not make the Opening Day roster. The others on the bubble are utility infielder Brooks Conrad and first baseman/outfielder Travis Ishikawa, two non-roster invitees whose fate rests with right fielder Corey Hart. Hart, working back from knee surgery, played his fourth straight Triple-A game on Saturday. If he is deemed healthy for Opening Day, then of Conrad or Ishikawa, only one would break with the Brewers. If Hart begins the season on the 15-day disabled list, both Conrad and Ishikawa would make the cut.
Teams must set their rosters by 4 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Maysonet qualified as a pleasant spring surprise and inserted himself into the Opening Day discussion by batting .296 with a .387 on-base percentage and playing capably at shortstop, second and third base and in left field. In the end, the Brewers kept veteran shortstop Cesar Izturis to be the backup to starting shortstop Alex Gonzalez. "[Maysonet] played really well," manager Ron Roencike said. "Defensively, very smooth at all the positions." Maysonet will be the regular shortstop at Triple-A Nashville.