Izturis relieved to make Brewers' cut

Izturis relieved to make Brewers' cut

Izturis relieved to make Brewers' cut
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Veteran infielder Cesar Izturis could have elected free agency on Friday and taken his chances elsewhere had he not been added to the Brewers' 40-man roster.

He says he never pondered that potentially tough decision.

"Not at all," Izturis said. "I was thinking positive. I want to be a part of this team."

He will be. Brewers officials informed Izturis on Thursday afternoon that he had made the cut and would be added to the roster before Opening Day. The 11-year Major League veteran will be the backup to regular shortstop Alex Gonzalez and a switch-hitter off the bench.

"It's a relief to me. It's good to know early enough that I can get my mind set for the season," Izturis said.

Now he has to get his mind set for a new role. Izturis started at shortstop against the Dodgers on Friday and entered the day tied for fourth on the team with 49 Cactus League at-bats. But he will come off the bench in the regular season, backing up Gonzalez, and he will also be available at second base and third. Gonzalez started 146 games for the Braves last season.

Izturis has started 983 -- and completed 889 -- of his 1,185 games in the Major Leagues.

"It's different," he said. "But I'll work on it."