CINCINNATI -- The Brewers recalled outfielder Logan Schafer from Triple-A Nashville on Friday and plugged him into the lineup in place of left fielder Khris Davis, who remained sidelined with a strained left shoulder.
Utility man Elian Herrera was optioned back to Nashville to create space. Herrera's versatility came in handy in recent weeks while the Brewers operated with an extra arm in the bullpen and one less player on the bench, but with Jeff Bianchi's return restoring a more conventional roster breakdown, the Brewers coveted a more accomplished backup outfielder, and Schafer fist the bill.
Schafer batted .235 in 18 games at Nashville, including a 4-for-5 effort on Tuesday.
"Herrera did a nice job of covering everything for us," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It was nice to have him here while we had that four-man bench."
Davis took batting practice Friday and said he would be available to pinch-hit, but the Brewers want him to be closer to full health before starting a game. Davis tweaked his shoulder sliding into second base during Tuesday's loss in Toronto.
Roenicke expects to have Davis back in the starting lineup when the series continues Saturday afternoon.
"We'll see how my workout goes today, but I already took some swings in the cage and it's just light soreness there," Davis said early on Friday. "I didn't feel like I had to change my swing up to swing. Just a little soreness there."
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