Brewers add RH reliever Wooten for Reds series

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Rob Wooten (47) plays in the baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Rob Wooten (47) plays in the baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers added right-handed reliever Rob Wooten for the start of their series against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, leaving them temporarily short-handed in the outfield.

Utility player Elian Herrera was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. He batted .222 in nine games, including four starts in right field and one in left.

Outfielder Ryan Braun was out of the lineup on Thursday for the fifth straight game because of a strained oblique in his right side. He’ll try to work out on Friday and could be back in the lineup on Saturday or Sunday, manager Ron Roenicke said.

“Tomorrow will be a big day, if he comes in and he’s quite a bit better again,” Roenicke said. “He’s got to be able to do some baseball activity tomorrow. Whether it’s Saturday or Sunday, we’re going to get him back in there.”

Wooten was with the Brewers from April 13-20. He went 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in four appearances before he was sent back to Nashville.

The Brewers’ bullpen ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.45 ERA despite throwing 88 1-3 innings, fifth-most in the league.

“We know how important the arms are to keep the bullpen fresh and strong for the rest of the year, that we can’t keep going at this pace,” Roenicke said.

Shortstop Jean Segura and third baseman Aramis Ramirez were back in the starting lineup. Segura was out of the starting lineup the past four games after being hit on the right side of the face. Ramirez missed the past two games with a sore elbow and was hitless in his past 21 at-bats.

The Brewers were short-handed in the outfield for the start of the series. Outfielder Logan Schafer is eligible to return from the disabled list on Saturday. He’s been sidelined for three weeks by an injured right hamstring.

Roenicke put infielder Mark Reynolds in right field on Thursday, a position he played during spring training.

“Schafer is able to come back on Saturday, if we want him back at that time,” Roenicke said. “He’s doing pretty well. So we’ve got Reynolds for a couple of days out there. We’ll see how that goes.”

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