Crew cautious with Aramis, call up Green

Crew cautious with Aramis, call up Green

MIAMI -- The Brewers recalled infielder Taylor Green from Triple-A Nashville following their series finale against the Marlins.

The move to recall Green, who was initially not a part of the club's September callups, gives the Brewers some added depth at third base while cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez is sidelined with a lower back strain.

The Brewers were without Ramirez for Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Marlins. Ramirez injured his back during an at-bat in the seventh inning of Wednesday's 8-5 win, and he was removed for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He said following the game that he should be fine, but manager Ron Roenicke spoke with the slugger and said he would be out of the lineup before being re-evaluated when the team travels to St. Louis.

"You always worry about those things, because they can be more than what the player thinks," Roenicke said. "He says, 'I don't think it's that bad, maybe just a day.' Sometimes it turns into a lot more than that."

Roenicke is optimistic that Ramirez won't miss too many games, but acknowledged how big of a loss it would be to the middle of Milwaukee's lineup if the injury lingers. Ramirez is hitting .295 with 21 homers and 89 RBIs while batting mostly cleanup for the Brewers. He paces the team with 43 doubles and is second with 143 hits.

Ramirez has also been an anchor at the hot corner, starting all but 16 games. Jeff Bianchi made his first career start at third on Thursday in place of Ramirez, and Roenicke was impressed with Bianchi's play.

"You've got a good athlete, a good shortstop who shouldn't be a problem at third," Roenicke said. "You're a little closer to the ball there. The throw is a little easier, but [Bianchi's] got good footwork and good hands. It shouldn't be a problem."

Before the game, Roenicke said the Brewers would recall Green if they thought Ramirez's injury might linger longer than expected. Green was already on Milwaukee's 40-man roster and made five starts at third earlier in the season. He hit .198 in 44 games with the Brewers.