Claimed off waivers, Izturis in playoff race with Nats

Claimed off waivers, Izturis in playoff race with Nats

MILWAUKEE -- In a move that allowed the Brewers to take their first live look at Jean Segura, infielder Cesar Izturis was claimed off waivers by the Nationals on Monday.

Izturis made the team as a non-roster player and played in 57 games for Milwaukee. He started 40 of those games, splitting time at shortstop with Cody Ransom for much of the season, and batted .235 with 11 RBIs and two home runs.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said he had a chance to talk with Izturis before he left to meet up with his new team. And although he didn't want to speak for general manager Doug Melvin in terms of why the move was made, Roenicke said it was a transaction that helped all parties.

"You can ask Doug about why he did it, but it's a veteran player," Roenicke said of Izturis. "He's got a chance to go with somebody who's in first place. ...

"[Melvin] doesn't want to hold anybody back, which is really good for the player to know that a general manager will do things for a player. It's pretty nice to have."

Entering Monday's action, the Nationals were leading the Braves by three games in the National League East. Meanwhile, the Brewers trailed their opponent on Monday night, the Reds, by 17 1/2 games.

From the Brewers' perspective, Izturis' departure gives the club a chance to look ahead to the future. Along with Segura's callup on Monday, Roenicke mentioned infielder Jeff Bianchi, who played in seven games in Milwaukee this season, as another player who might find himself in the Majors come September.