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Brewers call up five, including Monday starter Nelson

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CHICAGO -- The Brewers' September callups included one new player and a quartet of returning ones, including a starting pitcher for Monday's series opener against the Cubs.

The moves involved five players:

• Right-hander Jimmy Nelson was recalled from Class A Brevard County and started Monday's opener at Wrigley Field after spending the weekend on the roster of the Brewers' Florida State League club, a paper move that allowed the big league team to add a bullpen arm.

• Right-hander Matt Garza and left-hander Wei-Chung Wang were reinstated from the 15-day disabled list. Garza had been sidelined by a left oblique strain since the first week of August and is scheduled to rejoin the rotation on Wednesday. Wang, a seldom-used Rule 5 Draft pick, had been on the DL since July with what the Brewers termed left shoulder tightness.

"He's available to pitch for us," manager Ron Roenicke said of Wang on Monday. "Marco [Estrada] should be available today, so we should have a couple long men available. That'll be important for those guys probably especially with Garza on Wednesday."

• Logan Schafer was recalled from Triple-A Nashville in time to bolster a potentially depleted outfield corps. Starting center fielder Carlos Gomez said he felt a pop in his left wrist during a swing in Sunday's loss to the Giants, and while X-rays were negative, he didn't play in Monday's game. Schafer has batted .183 in 119 Major League plate appearances this season and was demoted to the Minors when the Brewers traded for Gerardo Parra on July 31.

"Now with [Gomez], it probably becomes more important," Roenicke said of Schafer's role. "We didn't expect that to happen. He's a great defender. Always helps to have a guy that can go out and play all the positions. Like Parra, Parra plays any of them and does a great job at all of them."

• The newcomer is catcher Matt Pagnozzi, whose contract was purchased from Nashville to be an emergency catcher for the final month. To create space on a full 40-man roster, the Brewers shifted injured infielder Jeff Bianchi to the 60-day DL.

"It really gives us covering if [Martin Maldonado] is catching one day and [Jonathan Lucroy] is on the bench," Roenicke said. "If the fifth inning is important to pinch-hit, I'll pinch-hit Luc knowing there's another catcher there."

Pagnozzi is the nephew of former Cardinals catcher Tom Pagnozzi, and has logged big league time in his own right for the Cardinals, Rockies, Pirates and Astros.

The Brewers on Monday were also joined by reliever Jonathan Broxton, acquired Sunday in a trade with the Reds. Broxton will set up for closer Francisco Rodriguez.

"It's nice to have when you're trying to win a division to have another arm with a guy that's not going to be concerned about what's going on in tight games," Roenicke said. "And he's had a real nice year so far. I'm hoping it's a great piece for us."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Daniel Kramer 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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