Brewers call up Scooter Gennett, trade for Juan Francisco

Published 06/03 2013 05:39PM

Updated 06/03 2013 05:46PM

The Milwaukee Brewers made several roster moves Monday, as they look to turn around their season.

The club acquired third baseman Juan Francisco from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor-league pitcher Thomas Keeling.  Francisco, 25 is a career .254 hitter with 19 homers and 77 RBI in 209 career games with the Reds and Braves.

Keeling was 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1 save in 17 relief appearances at AA Huntsville so far this season.

The Brewers also released infielder Alex Gonzalez, who was hitting .177 so far this season. 

In another move, Milwaukee called up infielder Scooter Gennett.  Gennett, who spent the 2010 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, was hitting .297 with 1 homer and 13 RBI in 50 games at Triple-A Nashville.  His first game action with the Brewers will mark his big-league debut.

To make room for Gennett, Milwaukee optioned pitcher Mike Fiers to Nashville.  The Brewers open a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics on Monday night at Miller Park.

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