MILWAUKEE -- With the final pitch of the Brewers' exhibition season in the books, the roster battles were over and the Opening Day roster was down to one mystery addition.
Taylor Jungmann was informed Saturday he'd won a spot in the bullpen, while Tyler Cravy and Rob Scahill were went to Triple-A. That brought the Brewers down to 24 players, meaning GM David Stearns was poised to make a last-minute addition for the second straight year. Last year, he signed reliever Carlos Torres about 48 hours before the first pitch of the regular season, and Torres went on to lead the team in appearances and relief innings.
"The roster is never set until it's actually set," manager Craig Counsell said.
With that in mind, here's where things stood as of Saturday:
Jesus Aguilar's red-hot spring earned him some playing time here, too, but Thames remains the regular after signing a three-year contract to return from the Korean Baseball Organization. Thames could also see some time in the corner outfield spots to get Aguilar into the lineup.
He went 7-for-38 in Spring Training, but a stint on the bench for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic might have played a role in cooling Villar's bat. He says he is aiming to win the Gold Glove Award at second base.
Like Nieuwenhuis, Perez figures to play so much that it may be unfair to label him as a bench player. He is the only extra middle infielder on the roster, and showed last season he can play all three outfield positions as well. Because the Brewers opted for an extra reliever, Counsell will start the season with only four extra position players each day.
(Pre-Spring Training prediction: Feliz, Torres, Knebel, Barnes, Marinez, Michael Blazek, Anderson)
Stearns had a move in the works as of Saturday evening, but said he could not discuss it publicly. If it is a reliever, the Brewers would open the season with an extra bullpen arm, which could come in handy as the team plays 23 games in the first 24 days. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported late Saturday that Milwaukee was nearing a deal with ground-ball specialist Jared Hughes, who was recently released by the Pirates, though the Brewers did not confirm that report.
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