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Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-13

Milwaukee Brewers Inside Pitch 2009-05-13
Getting production from only one player on the bench -- infielder Craig Counsell -- the Brewers signed veteran reserve outfielder/infielder Frank Catalanotto to a minor league deal with the intent of seeing if he can help.

Catalanotto, 35, was released by Texas at the end of spring training. He will go to Arizona to work out for a week or so before being assigned to one of the Brewers' minor league affiliates. At the time of his release, the left-handed hitter had the second-highest pinch-hitting average (.289) among active players.

In 1,163 career big-league games, Catalanotto has a .292 batting average with 83 home runs and 447 RBIs.

Other than Counsell (.333 batting average), the Brewers bench has been unproductive. Outfielder Brad Nelson is 0-for-21, including 0-for-14 as a pinch hitter; outfielder Chris Duffy is batting .107 (3-for-28), and infielder Casey McGehee, who has seen little playing time, is hitting .200 (3-for-15).

"We've got a couple of guys on the bench who haven't been through this before," said manager Ken Macha. "Sometimes, you try to do too much.

"It's a game of production. If they're not doing the job, somebody else will be here. I don't want to put pressure like that on anybody, but that's the way baseball is."

General manager Doug Melvin, who had Catalanotto on his roster when he was the GM in Texas and tried a couple of times to get him to Milwaukee, said no promises were made.

"He wants to play and he's been working out (on Long Island)," said Melvin. "I told him, 'If things work out, you'd have to still perform for us.' It would be from a pinch-hitting standpoint.

"There's no DH here, there's not a lot of playing time in the outfield. He knows that. He was a very aggressive player; he can run better than you think. He won't strike out a lot, won't walk a lot, line-drive-type hitter."

BREWERS 6, MARLINS 3: 1B Prince Fielder bounced back from his worst series of the season to slug a pair of two-run homers and help the Brewers come back from a three-run deficit. Fielder was 0-for-10 over the weekend against the Cubs but produced his second multi-homer game of the season Tuesday as the Brewers won for the 15th time in 20 games.

LHP Manny Parra struggled through the first two innings, allowing five hits and three runs before settling down and blanking the Marlins over the next four innings. Three relievers pitched a scoreless inning apiece, with RHP Trevor Hoffman notching his sixth save.

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Added: May 13, 2009

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