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Brewers activate Yelich from disabled list

OF available off bench, with Thames, Braun in lineup; Lopez optioned to Triple-A
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MILWAUKEE -- All of a sudden, the banged-up Brewers look a whole lot healthier.

While he did not start against the Reds on Tuesday night, Christian Yelich was activated from the 10-day disabled list at about the same time the team posted a lineup that included Eric Thames and Ryan Braun. All three players had been hovering in day-to-day status recently -- Yelich with a right oblique injury, Thames a mild groin strain and Braun a stiff back.

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MILWAUKEE -- All of a sudden, the banged-up Brewers look a whole lot healthier.

While he did not start against the Reds on Tuesday night, Christian Yelich was activated from the 10-day disabled list at about the same time the team posted a lineup that included Eric Thames and Ryan Braun. All three players had been hovering in day-to-day status recently -- Yelich with a right oblique injury, Thames a mild groin strain and Braun a stiff back.

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Thames went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in the Brewers' 2-0 win Tuesday. Five of his last seven hits have been home runs.

"The goal was to come back and not have to go back on, so maybe it took a few more days than we thought," said Yelich, who had been eligible for reinstatement since Sunday. "We were being cautious with it."

The Brewers optioned reliever Jorge Lopez back to Triple-A Colorado Springs to activate Yelich. They originally planned to make that roster move Wednesday, but after Lopez pitched three innings of relief on Monday night, rendering him unavailable for Tuesday's game, the team opted to activate Yelich a day early for bench duty.

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Yelich will start Wednesday's series finale against the Reds, manager Craig Counsell said.

"I feel good, and I'm ready to go," Yelich said. "I'm definitely excited to be back."

The Brewers were excited to have him back to fortify an offense that disappointed in its first 17 games. Through Monday, the Brewers were 12th of 15 National League teams with 3.53 runs per game, 12th with a .670 OPS, 11th with 1.06 home runs per game and 11th with a .301 weighted on-base average.

"We're getting healthier," Counsell said. "Eric missed a game and a half. Ryan missed two games. Those were small ones. But getting Christian back, it's certainly really important. …

"We just haven't got going offensively yet, with a lot of guys. I would point to that. We've had injuries, for sure, but we've also just not swung the bats to our capabilities."

The Brewers' offense is still missing primary catcher Manny Pina, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday after an unsuccessful effort to rehab a right calf strain without a trip to the DL.

Last call
• The Brewers added left-hander Wade Miley to the active roster at Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, a milestone in the veteran's comeback from an ill-timed groin injury in Spring Training, when he was on the cusp of making Milwaukee's Opening Day roster.

Miley will have to make a series of healthy appearances in the Minor Leagues before the Brewers make a decision about bringing him up to the Majors. If they do not have a spot for him, Miley can request his release.

• Another lefty, Boone Logan, still has not thrown off a mound since straining his left triceps in the same game that sidelined Miley. But Logan "is throwing the ball as hard as I've ever seen someone throw a ball in a long toss program," Counsell said, so a mound session is imminent.

"Once he gets on a mound, we're starting to map out kind of a tight schedule as far as when he gets back," Counsell said.

• The organization promoted left-handed reliever Nick Ramirez to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday. Once he arrives, that team will have to make a corresponding roster move.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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