MILWAUKEE -- Irving Falu's season took another twist Thursday, when he was re-claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers off waivers. The infielder had been claimed from Milwaukee by the Padres on June 26, and after just 11 games with San Diego, he'll be headed back to the Brewers' Triple-A affiliate in Nashville.
Falu began his career in the Kansas City organization and spent a decade developing with the Royals before being released last November. He signed a Minor League contract with the Brewers in December and played in 11 games for Milwaukee -- going 0-for-10 at the plate -- before being claimed off waivers by the Padres.
Falu played in 11 games for San Diego and batted .150 (3-for-20) before winding up back on waivers. The 31-year-old played second base exclusively for San Diego, but he's played at shortstop and third base for the Brewers this year. Falu, for his career, has batted .277 (33-for-119) in the Majors.
To make room for him on a full 40-man roster, the Brewers designated 25-year-old right-hander Kevin Shackelford for assignment. He participated in the Arizona Fall League last year and had just been added to Milwaukee's 40-man roster in November, but has not pitched well this year at Double-A Huntsville.
"Velocity's down a little bit, but he went back to A-ball and pitched well," general manager Doug Melvin said. "He's struggled a little bit at Double-A, but he's still going to be fine. We're just running into a roster crunch right now. He's still got a good arm and we still like him."