MIAMI -- The Brewers purchased the contract of infielder Irving Falu on Sunday while optioning right-hander Jimmy Nelson to Triple-A Nashville following Sunday's 7-1 victory over the Marlins, which Nelson started and won.
Falu, who is not on the 40-man roster, signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training over the offseason. He hit .361 over 24 Cactus League games. In 38 games with the Sounds, he was hitting .288 with 14 runs, four doubles, a homer and eight RBIs.
The 30-year-old had a .337 average with six doubles, a triple and seven RBIs in 25 big league games from 2012-13 with the Royals, though just one of those appearances was made last season.
There was an open spot on the roster after Milwaukee outrighted infielder Jeff Bianchi on Saturday to make room for Nelson's spot start.
Nelson earned his first Major League win on Sunday in place of Yovani Gallardo, who is nursing a left ankle sprain. Gallardo will return to the rotation on Wednesday to face the Orioles, pushing back righty Marco Estrada's start to Friday.
"That'll work out well," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We talked about with him -- 'Yo,' I want you to pitch whenever you're ready.
"Wednesday he should have no issues at all," Roenicke added. "He's good today."
Christina De Nicola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.