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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Brewers Acquire Shouse

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

For the first time in his three-plus seasons as Brewers manager, Ned Yost has a left-handed answer for the likes of Ken Griffey Jr., Jim Edmonds and Jacque Jones.

The team on Saturday acquired 37-year-old left-handed pitcher Brian Shouse from the Texas Rangers for Minor League infielder Enrique Cruz and a player to be named or cash. Shouse had been designated for assignment by the Rangers on Monday.

"I want to get picked up by another club," Shouse told the Dallas Morning News in Tuesday's editions. "I can still pitch in the big leagues and get guys out."

A "situational lefty" who has made 215 Major League relief appearances and has limited left-handed hitters to a .218 batting average, Shouse is expected to join the Brewers' 13-man pitching staff on Sunday. The team will option right-hander Jared Fernandez to Triple-A Nashville to make room on the 25-man roster.

Shouse throws from a three-quarters arm angle and his fastball tops out in the low 80s, but he throws "a real nasty slider," Yost said.

"That's what situational lefties do," the manager added. "They've got good breaking stuff and they spot their fastballs."


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