Logan Schafer signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals that includes an invitation to spring training, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.
Schafer appeared in 69 games for Milwaukee last season, recording a .221/.299/.311 slash line to go along with one home in 122 at-bats (he has hit just five homers in his major league career). The 29-year-old has never been known for his offensive, but he can play every outfield spot, making him a potentially useful bench player for Washington in 2016.
Back tightness ailed him in July, but it has been a while since back issues kept him out of action.
Schaefer, who made the Brewers out of spring training, has not appeared in a game for the big club since being sent down in early May. He was 6 for 33 prior to his demotion.
Herrera has had 99 at-bats with the Brewers this year. He had a productive stretch in mid-May, when he homered in three consecutive games. Overall, he's batting .212 with four longballs. He has been down in the minors since early June.
The moves come hours after the Brewers traded away Carlos Gomez to the Astros earlier in the day.
Gennett was forced to go on the DL after cutting his hand while reaching for shampoo in the shower. He is hitting .207 with one RBI in 29 at-bats this season. He is back in the starting lineup Tuesday batting sixth.
"The first day, I was knocking off the cobwebs but the next three days felt good," Gennett said to MLB.com. "The last day, I hit pretty much every ball hard. I think that it was a good opportunity to work on some things during the game that maybe I wouldn't get to work on here, so who knows? Maybe I got even better in those few days down there."
With the reinstatement, Milwaukee needed to clear a roster spot and they did so by optioning
Schafer hit .182 with six runs scored in 33 at-bats for Milwaukee.
"It's not something I want to do, rest them," manager Ron Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "I need these guys in here playing, trying to win. But when someone tells me they need a day off, they need a day off."
Braun had started 15 straight games in right field coming into Sunday's action, but he'll get his first break from starting since April 8. He has hitjust .230/.277/.279 with one home run and four RBI in 61 at-bats.
"He's pressing like everybody is," Roenicke said. "They're frustrated they're not seeing better results. I think he's had a lot of really good at-bats but he doesn't have much to show for it."
Ramirez has started 16 of the team's 18 games at third base but will take a seat after making four straight starts. He's hit just .197/.197/.295 with one home run and six RBI in 61 at-bats.
"It's tough to do with both of them," Roenicke said. "You guys saw the lineup today. It's quite a bit different. In games we feel like we have to do everything we can to win, it's not what I want to do."
With Braun out of the lineup,
The Brewers are home underdogs (+135) against the Cardinals Sunday.
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