Betancourt passes physical, inks one-year deal

Betancourt passes physical, inks one-year deal

PHOENIX -- Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt passed a physical exam Wednesday and signed his one-year contract with the Brewers, who will use the 31-year-old as a utility infielder.

In a related move, non-roster invitee Donnie Murphy asked for and was granted his release from a Minor League deal. Murphy was informed on the previous day that he would not make the team.

"I think Donnie Murphy is a Major League utility man," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "The thing with the opportunity to get Yuni is, we had Yuni [in 2011], we liked what he did for us, we think he could be a really good utility man. We're more familiar with Yuni than we are Murphy."

Betancourt will wear No. 3, the same number he donned while batting .252 with 13 home runs and 68 RBIs as the Brewers' starting shortstop in 2011.

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