Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Hernan Iribarren it is, for now at least. Utility man Hernan Iribarren was called up today to take the spot of the injured Rickie Weeks. Iribarren can play second base and also backup the outfield.
Realistically we'll see him in a pinch-hit/pinch-run role, it's doubtful he'll get any starts. In 35 starts for Triple-A Nashville Iribarren is hitting .308 with a .354 OBP. He's got 10 doubles, two triples and a home run with six steals in nine tries. In the field Iribarren has committed only one error.
Don't think that this injury means Mat Gamel will stick at the major league level either. Once interleague play is done and Frank Catalanotto has gotten some at-bats in the minors Gamel will be sent back down. He needs to play every day to continue his defensive improvement and can't hammer out those issues for a team in the division race.
I expect that the Brewers are content to fill their second base opening with in-house options until that proves a liability.