Brewers make moves to finalize 40-man roster

Brewers make moves to finalize 40-man roster

Brewers make moves to finalize 40-man roster
PHOENIX -- The Brewers submitted their Opening Day roster to Major League Baseball on Wednesday morning and claimed Minor League right-hander Josh Stinson from the Mets, in essence filling the club's 40-man roster.

Besides adding Stinson, who will start the year in the Double-A Huntsville bullpen, the Brewers formally selected the contracts of infielder Cesar Izturis and first baseman/outfielder Travis Ishikawa, the two non-roster invitees to Spring Training who made the club. Those moves put 39 players on the 40-man roster. The Brewers are holding the opening for right-handed pitching prospect Mark Rogers, who will be suspended the first eight games of Triple-A Nashville's season under a 50-game penalty levied last season.

Stinson, 24, made 14 relief appearances in his first Major League stint for the Mets last season. He was a 37th round Draft pick in 2006 and has bounced between the starting rotation and the bullpen during his Minor League career, posting a 4.20 ERA in 192 games.

As expected, the Brewers' 25-man roster looks like this:

Pitchers (12): John Axford, Tim Dillard, Marco Estrada, Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Kameron Loe, Shaun Marcum, Chris Narveson, Manny Parra, Francisco Rodriguez, Jose Veras and Randy Wolf.

Catchers (2): George Kottaras and Jonathan Lucroy.

Infielders (6): Mat Gamel, Alex Gonzalez, Ishikawa, Izturis, Aramis Ramirez and Rickie Weeks.

Outfielders (5): Norichika Aoki, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Corey Hart and Nyjer Morgan.

Aoki, Dillard, Estrada, Gamel and Lucroy are on a Major League Opening Day roster for the first time.