With roster expanded on Monday to 40 players, the Milwaukee Brewers recalled three players from the minors—two of whom had been on the roster off and on this season—and activated a pair of pitchers from the 15-day disabled list.
One of the recalls was merely a paper move—right-hander Jimmy Nelson had been optioned to High-A Brevard County on Saturday to allow Milwaukee to get an extra arm in the bullpen, but he never actually left the team. Nelson was “recalled” Monday and started Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Also recalled was outfielder Logan Schafer from Triple-A Nashville. Center fielder Carlos Gomez left Sunday’s game in San Francisco after feeling a pop in his left wrist and, while X-rays were negative, Gomez was not in the lineup Monday.
Schafer has hit .183/.267/.288 in 53 games with the Brewers this season, with 11 runs, nine doubles, a triple and six RBI. At Nashville, Schafer hit .273/.355/.460 in 41 games, with 27 runs, 13 doubles, four triples, three homers and 18 RBI.
New to the club is catcher Matt Pagnozzi, whose contract was purchased from Nashville in order to add him to the 40-man roster. To make room on the 40-man, utility infielder Jeff Bianchi was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
Pagnozzi, 31, gives the Brewers a third catching option behind Jonathan Lucroy and Martin Maldonado. He has spent time in the majors with four teams, playing 42 games in 2009-11 and 2013 with the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros.
He is a lifetime .272/.323/.326 hitter in 105 plate appearances, with two doubles, one home run and 13 RBI.
The Brewers signed him as a minor-league free agent in December. Pagnozzi was an eighth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2003 out of Central Arizona College.
At Nashville this season, Pagnozzi hit .215/.298/.382 in 71 games, with five doubles, 11 homers and 29 RBI.
The Brewers also activated right-hander Matt Garza and left-hander Wei-Chung Wang from the disabled list. Garza, out since Aug. 3 with a left oblique strain, is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Cubs. Wang, out since July with left shoulder tightness, was a Rule 5 draftee from the Pirates organization in December and has pitched in only 13 games this season.