Brinson day to day with dislocated finger

Brinson day to day with dislocated finger

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson dislocated the pinkie finger on his left hand on a headfirst slide Thursday during Triple-A Colorado Springs' Opening Day victory, but he is not expected to be sidelined for long.

Brinson, who is ranked as the club's No. 1 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, was examined by doctors on Friday and is considered day to day, according to a report from Brewers farm director Tom Flanagan. Brinson was absent from the starting lineup on Friday night, but he was not placed on the disabled list.

Brinson exited the SkySox's 2-1 win in the fifth inning after an unsuccessful steal attempt of second base.

The team has plenty of outfield coverage in the event Brinson misses a handful of games; besides Brinson, the Colorado Springs' roster includes Brett Phillips (No. 10), Ryan Cordell (No. 16) and former top-30 prospect Kyle Wren, plus versatile utility man Ivan DeJesus Jr.

Franklin activated
Saying he was "excited for a new start and a clean slate" after joining the Brewers on Friday, former first-round Draft pick Nick Franklin also found himself in a new league. He played parts of the past four seasons with the Mariners and Rays before the Brewers claimed the utility man off waivers from Tampa Bay earlier this week.

"I've played almost every position on the field," Franklin said. "I'm doing whatever it takes to help them win. Obviously in the National League, I know everyone gets in every now and then."

Franklin on joining Brewers

Fitting Franklin in will be a challenge, manager Craig Counsell conceded. The club already had one super-utility man in Hernan Perez, and Franklin made it two.

"There's not a big fit for playing time right now, so as we go, we'll see what happens," Counsell said.

Franklin does possess one asset Perez does not: Franklin is a switch-hitter. Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the only other left-handed hitter regularly on Counsell's bench.

Franklin was designated for assignment by the Rays on Saturday. He went home to the Orlando area and worked out at his former high school to stay in baseball shape.

"They did a great job of letting me come into their season and work with them," Franklin said.

Garza gets closer
Right-hander Matt Garza threw another simulated game on Friday, his second this week as he works back from a right groin strain. Barring a setback, Garza said he expects to begin a Minor Leagie rehabilitation assignment for Triple-A Colorado Springs beginning on Wednesday in Memphis.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.