Ransom joins Brewers, thrust into starting role

Ransom joins Brewers, thrust into starting role

PHOENIX -- Cody Ransom was an Arizona Diamondback on Monday, a Milwaukee Brewer on Wednesday and the Brewers' new starting shortstop by Friday night.

Ransom has suddenly become a very important player for Milwaukee, which has already lost Opening Day shortstop Alez Gonzalez to a season-ending knee injury and suffered another blow in Friday's win over the D-backs, when Cesar Izturis strained his left hamstring. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

"That's a big pick-up," Brewers right fielder Corey Hart said of Ransom.

The D-backs designated Ransom for assignment on Monday and the Brewers claimed him off waivers on Wednesday, making for some convenient travel. Ransom grew up in suburban Phoenix and still lives in the area, so he'd been at home with his wife and two children.

"It's been pretty relaxing," he said. "I've been at the house. I haven't done anything since Sunday."

Ransom batted .269 for Arizona with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 52 at-bats. He was surprised when they removed him from the roster on Monday.

Of being picked up by the Brewers, Ransom said, "Good. I've got a job. At that point, I was excited to be going somewhere, to be staying in the big leagues and not going back to Triple-A somewhere. We'll see how it goes."

The Brewers optioned Edwin Maysonet back to Triple-A Nashville to clear space for Ransom, then had to recall Maysonet on Friday night after Izturis was injured.

Ransom will make his first Brewers start Saturday against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.