Brewers reserves now have starting roles

Brewers reserves now have starting roles

Brewers reserves now have starting roles
SAN FRANCISCO -- A handful of Brewers reserves suddenly find themselves playing a more prominent role for a team that says it still has postseason aspirations.

Veteran Cesar Izturis is Milwaukee's new starting shortstop after Alex Gonzalez was lost Saturday to a right knee injury. And Travis Ishikawa will get significant starts at first base with Mat Gamel sidelined by a knee injury of his own.

In the pitching department, Marco Estrada has already moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation to replace injured left-hander Chris Narveson.

The changes are a big test of the Brewers' depth.

"That's what I'm here for," Izturis said. "I feel sorry for Alex and for the team. He was a big part of the team so far."

Gonzalez will undergo an MRI scan on Monday in Milwaukee. His departure from Saturday's loss marked the fourth straight game in which the Brewers lost a player to injury. Three of those players landed on the disabled list.

"I've never seen something like this," Izturis said. "I've been in this game for a while."

Izturis has dealt with injuries himself, most recently a right elbow injury that cost him most of last season with the Orioles. The year before, Izturis started 142 games for Baltimore at shortstop.

He signed a Minor League deal with Milwaukee over the winter and won a job as a backup infielder. Now he'll adjust back to a starting role, with Roenicke planning to rest Izturis when he deems it necessary.

"I think I'm ready for it," Izturis said.