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Francisco back at third after tough Sunday

Francisco back at third after tough Sunday

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MILWAUKEE -- Juan Francisco was penciled in at third base and hit fifth for the Brewers on Monday, a day after making two throwing errors that led to two unearned runs in Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Mets.

Francisco, acquired from the Braves on June 3, is naturally a third baseman, but has played mostly first base since joining the Brewers. Francisco had four errors in three games at third base with the Brewers before Monday.

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Manager Ron Roenicke says it is unfair to judge Francisco on the small sample size at the hot corner.

"We do need to see what he can do," Roenicke said. "To go out there and to judge a guy on a couple games, I don't think it's fair."

Francisco has hit .235 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in 27 games and 85 at-bats since joining the Brewers.

With Aramis Ramirez placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday, Francisco figures to see more time at third base in the Brewers' final two series before the All-Star break.

But is Francisco a bounce-back type player?

"I think he is," Roenicke said. "I think if he wasn't, the ground ball right at him that he made the throw over, then the next slow roller that he made the play on, I don't think he would've made those."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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