With a doubleheader Wednesday and four more games remaining on this trip with no off days, the Brewers decided they couldn't afford to part with a pitcher when they activated right-hander Zack Greinke from the 15-day DL.
Instead, the Brewers opted to send outfielder Brandon Boggs outright to Class AAA Nashville. Boggs had three days to accept the assignment or declare free agency.
It was the second time the Brewers sent Boggs outright to Nashville this year. They did it near the end of spring training after outfielder Nyjer Morgan was acquired from Washington. Boggs accepted that assignment, then was recalled on April 22 after Morgan went on the DL with a thigh bruise.
General manager Doug Melvin said Boggs would not get playing time with right fielder Corey Hart and Morgan recently coming off the DL.
"We were going to do the move the day before but we DL'd (Zach) Braddock," said Melvin.
The Brewers decided against optioning right-hander Marco Estrada to Nashville though he pitched 5 1/3 innings in the opener and won't be able to pitch again for a few days. Estrada had filled in for Greinke whenever a fifth starter was needed, but manager Ron Roenicke said he would go to the bullpen for now unless another starter is needed for some reason.
The Brewers still are in a bit of a dicey situation because Greinke made it through only four innings in his debut in the second game of the doubleheader against the Braves. Greinke surrendered five hits and five runs (four earned) while walking one and striking out six.
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