MILWAUKEE, WI (WHBL) - Martin Maldonado will stay with the Milwaukee Brewers as their back-up catcher, now that starter Jonathan Lucroy is about to return. This morning the Brewers designated back-up George Kottaras for assignment. Kottaras struggled at the plate after having a fine April, and he’s now hitting just .209 with three homers and 12 R-B-I’s in 86 at-bats. He was rumored to be on the trading block with the Major League trade deadline just five days away but, apparently, nothing’s in the pipeline. The assignment status means the Brewers have 10 days to trade Kottaras, release him, or let him accept a minor league job. Kottaras has been with Milwaukee for two and a half seasons after he was claimed off waivers from Boston. Maldonado played his way to a continued roster spot with Milwaukee, batting .275 with five homers and 19 R-B-I’s in 153 at-bats. The Brewers officially recalled Lucroy from the disabled list, after he broke his right throwing hand in late May. He’s expected to start tonight against Washington at Miller Park. Meanwhile, the Brewers made a move to bolster their bullpen. They confirmed a Twitter report today, and called up right-handed reliever Jim Henderson from Triple-“A” Nashville. It’s his first Major League stint after a decade in the minors, and he’s a strong season for the Sounds with a 4-3 record, 15 saves, and a 1.69 E-R-A. To make room for Henderson, the Brewers sent infielder Jeff Bianchi back to Nashville. Bianchi was 0 for 12 in his stint with the Brew Crew.
Yovani Gallardo gets the start tonight for the Brewers as they open up a 4-game series against Washington at Miller Park. Milwaukee is hoping to end its 6 game losing streak. Coverage on WHBL gets underway tonight at 6:35.