Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/3/13
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers made a flurry of roster moves Monday morning, shaking up the team as they return home for a seven-game homestand. The Brewers acquired veteran third baseman Juan Francisco from Atlanta in exchange for minor league left-hander Thomas Keeling. In order to make room for Francisco on the 25-man roster, Milwaukee released infielder Alex Gonzalez. Infielder Scooter Gennett will join the Brewers from Triple-A Nashville and right-hander Mike Fiers was optioned to Triple-A. Gennett will be in uniform for Monday's game against Oakland, while Francisco will report to the Brewers in time for Tuesday's game. Francisco, 25, was designated for assignment May 30 by Atlanta. Platooning at third base for the Braves, Francisco was hitting .241 with five home runs and 16 RBI in 35 games this season. Though he has never played first base in the big leagues, the Brewers expect Francisco to replace Gonzalez in the platoon at first base until Corey Hart returns. A career .254 hitter with 19 home runs and 77 RBI in 209 games, Francisco spent the first three years of his career with Cincinnati before being traded to Atlanta. One of the organization's top prospects, Gennett was hitting .297 with one home run and 13 RBI in 50 games for Nashville. Strictly a second baseman, Gennett's summoning will likely impact the playing time of struggling second baseman Rickie Weeks. The Brewers took a flier on Gonzalez this past offseason, hoping the veteran infielder had enough left to contribute off the bench. When Hart and Mat Gamel both went down with injuries before the season, Gonzalez was the team's Opening Day first baseman after starting on Opening Day at shortstop last year for the Brewers. Coming off a torn ACL that ended his season just 24 games into last season, Gonzalez hit just .177 with one home run and eight RBI in 41 games this season. Fiers struggled mightily in his start Sunday, allowing seven runs and five earned runs in just 1-23 innings. After pitching well for two months last season, the 27-year-old right-hander is 1-4 with a 7.25 ERA in 11 games this season. The Brewers will need to fill Fiers' spot in the rotation for Friday's game against Philadelphia. Keeling, 25, was an 18th round draft pick by the Brewers in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The left-hander was 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and one save in 17 relief appearances for Double-A Huntsville this season. Follow Andrew Gruman on Twitter.
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