HOUSTON -- Hernan Iribarren arrived from Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday with little idea of how he would be used by the Brewers.
Iribarren was promoted to replace Rickie Weeks, after the Brewers placed their starting second baseman on the disabled list with a season-ending wrist injury. Iribarren is among a handful of players who could see action at second base while the Brewers decide if they can cover that position from within, though Craig Counsell and Casey McGehee probably have a leg up on Iribarren.
Counsell is hitting .324 in his first 28 games and, like Iribarren, bats left-handed. McGehee, who had an excellent Spring Training, could serve as a right-handed foil to Counsell and start against left-handed pitchers. Indeed, with Mike Hampton on the mound for Houston on Tuesday night, McGehee was Milwaukee's starting second baseman. Another lefty, Wandy Rodriguez, is scheduled to start for the Astros on Wednesday.
"It doesn't bother me," said Iribarren on serving as depth off the bench. "It's hard sometimes when you're playing every day [in the Minors] and you're hot, and now you sit. But I don't care. I'm happy to be here. I'll keep it going in the [batting] cage."
Iribarren, 24 until June 29, has been in Milwaukee's organization since March 2002 and made his Major League debut last season in two brief stints with the Brewers. He is a career .317 hitter in the Minor Leagues. He was hitting .308 this season at Nashville and was bumped up to the Sounds' three-hole after Mat Gamel was promoted to the Majors.
In 2008, Iribarren went 2-for-14 with the Brewers. He made only one start, and it was at second base against the Twins on June 15. He also has experience in the outfield, which could come in handy since Milwaukee has only one backup at the moment in Chris Duffy.
"Rickie was doing really well, I was happy for him," Iribarren said. "Sometimes bad things happen. It's good to come back and get the opportunity to do my job. I don't know if I will get to play much. I hope so."
Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.