Koskie placed on 15-day DL, Gwynn Jr. kept on roster

Updated: April 1, 2007, 4:53 PM ET
Associated Press

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers optioned right-hander Jose Capellan and utilityman Vinny Rottino to Triple-A Nashville on Sunday and placed third baseman Corey Koskie on the 15-day disabled list.

With the moves, outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. and right-handed reliever Greg Aquino will start the season on Milwaukee's major league roster. The Brewers open the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

Tony Gwynn Jr.
AP Photo/Morry Gash2007 has been an extraordinary year so far for the Gwynn family.

The team also returned right-handers Stephen Bray and Chris Spurling, infielder Ozzie Chavez and catcher J.D. Closser to Nashville, and left-hander Joe Thatcher to Double-A Huntsville.

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team held two roster meetings on Saturday but needed an extra meeting with the team's coaching staff on Sunday to make their final decision. Melvin said the need to have the meetings shows the team's increased depth.

"It was a tough call -- which, I think, as an indication that the club is also much better," Melvin said. "We didn't have these kind of decisions [before]. We made them in the past even before we came back here."

Melvin said the Brewers chose to keep Gwynn, son of 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn, because of his speed as a pinch runner. Gwynn had two short stints with the Brewers last season, hitting .260 in 77 at-bats.

But Melvin said the team will consider calling up Rottino -- who can play several positions, including catcher -- at any time if needed.

"You could make a case for both players, a real strong case," Brewers manager Ned Yost said.

Milwaukee will open the season with 12 pitchers, six outfielders, five infielders and two catchers.

Koskie, who is still dealing with the lingering effects of the concussion he sustained in July, was placed on the 15-day DL and is expected to be out longer, Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

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