Search on for Brewers shortstops

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Tom Haudricourt
Thursday, April 14, 2011
— The Brewers are in the midst of a shortstop crisis at the top of their farm system.

Edwin Maysonet, who had been the starting shortstop at Class AAA Nashville, strained his right hamstring in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday. Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said Maysonet likely would be placed on the disabled list and miss 10-14 days.

Asked how thin the Brewers are at that position now, Ash said, “Extraordinarily.”

“And there aren’t any out there to sign, either,” added Ash.

This is why the Brewers didn’t understand why shortstop Luis Cruz exercised his right to free agency after clearing waivers at the end of spring training. Cruz opted to sign with Texas even though the Rangers have young shortstop Elvis Andrus as their starter, and immediately was sent to Class AAA.

The Brewers tried to impress upon Cruz that he would be the first player summoned should anything happen to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt or backup Craig Counsell, but he opted to leave.

The situation is even worse at Nashville because third baseman/shortstop Zelous Wheeler sprained his right knee in a collision at home a few days ago and is expected to miss six weeks. Journeyman Anderson Machado, who has played 24 games in the majors and more than 1,200 in the minors, currently is playing shortstop for the Sounds.

It’s no better at Class AA Huntsville, where non-prospects Juan Sanchez and Matt Cline are splitting time at shortstop. Josh Prince, a third-round draft pick in 2009 who has struggled at the plate, is playing short at high Class A Brevard County, and Carlos George, a 46th rounder in ‘09, is the shortstop for low Class A Wisconsin.

The Brewers have hopes for Yadiel Rivera, a ninth-round pick out of Puerto Rico last year, but he is only 18 and in extended spring training awaiting another season of rookie ball.

Ash said the Brewers are on the lookout for shortstop help via a minor-league trade.

“We’re diligently looking, but there’s not a lot available,” he said.

Last updated: 4:59 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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