The Brewers placed Overbay on the paternity list, and called up utilityman Elian Herrera to take his place on the 25-man roster. The paternity list allows a player to miss up to three games, so at the most, Overbay will only miss 3/4 of the weekend series that starts tonight in Pittsburgh.
As such, it seems unlikely that Herrera will see much — if any — action against the Pirates. The Brewers simply didn’t want to be playing a man short in the case of an injury. That explains why Herrera was the pick to replace Overbay — he can play any position in the infield, and played a bit of outfield this spring, too. If recent patterns are any indication, Mark Reynolds would have seen most of the starts at first base, anyway, and Jeff Bianchi is still around if Jean Segura or Aramis Ramirez needed a day off in the Steel City.
One of the last players cut from camp this spring, Herrera has hit .250/.286/.425 in 12 games for Triple-A Nashville. The 29-year-old has 71 career games at the big league level, making his debut with the Dodgers in 2012. His last major league plate appearance came on July 28 of last year.
Overbay didn’t hit especially well this spring, and the slow start has carried into the season, with the 37-year-old going just 2-for-20 to start the year. He’s the 6th player to go on the paternity list so far this season, joining Cleveland’s Lonnie Chisenhall, Houston’s Matt Albers, Tampa Bay’s Sean Rodriguez, Minnesota’s Brian Duensing and New York’s Daniel Murphy. Murphy’s absence to start the year drew the ire of some talking heads in New York.