3:29p This actually happened much earlier today, but I’m just getting around to posting it now.
The Brewers acquired versatile veteran Jerry Hairston Jr. from the Nationals earlier today. This is the second move in as many days that GM Doug Melvin has made to make sure the Brewers have insurance at second base due to Rickie Weeks’ injury. Melvin also acquired Felipe Lopez from the Rays yesterday.
Anyway, Hairston provides more insurance than just at second base. In 75 games this season, he’s played 44 at third base, 22 in left field, nine in center field, three at second base, and one at shortstop. That shows how versatile he is in both the infield and outfield.
Aside from insurance at second base with Weeks out, Hairston can also help in center field, where the Brewers recently lost Carlos Gomez to a clavicle injury.
Hairston is hitting .268 this year, but has hit .317 in his career at Miller Park. He’s a .258 hitter for his entire career.
To make room for Hairston on 40-man roster, the Brewers moved lefty reliever Mitch Stetter from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL. It’s been confirmed that Stetter will not be pitching again this season, as he’ll be undergoing season-ending hip surgery on Tuesday.
The Brewers gave up Minor League outfielder Erik Komatsu, who was hitting .293 this year at Double-A Huntsville. He was also the reigning Minor League player of the year, but Melvin said that the Brewers have a lot of depth as far as outfielders go, so he was fine with this deal.