Former D-back Ransom happy to stay in bigs

Former D-back Ransom happy to stay in bigs

Former D-back Ransom happy to stay in bigs
PHOENIX -- Designated for assignment on Monday, former D-backs infielder Cody Ransom didn't need to move the contents of his locker very far after all.

The Brewers claimed the 36-year-old off waivers Wednesday, and he was in a Milwaukee uniform for the first time Friday and started Saturday at Chase Field, just steps away from his old stomping grounds in the D-backs' clubhouse.

"I've been put on waivers a lot, let's put it that way," Ransom said. "But I haven't done it like this before."

With Arizona this season, Ransom batted .269 in 17 games amassing a career-high-tying four homers and 13 RBIs. The club, however, decided to go in a different direction, calling up Josh Bell and leaving Ransom as the odd man out.

The move, Ransom admitted, caught him off guard because of how well he had been playing and the increased role he'd seen on the team.

"It did, I was surprised by it," Ransom said. "It was what it was. I didn't see it coming."

Now with Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez out for the season with a torn ACL and Cesar Izturis being placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left hamstring, Ransom figures to have a prominent role. He started at third base on Saturday, batting sixth.

Over the last two seasons in Arizona, Ransom has played a combined 10 games at shortstop. In the lineup Saturday, Ransom batted seventh and played shortstop.

"I enjoy playing there, it's what I've played basically my whole career before a few years ago," he said. "I've played there quite a big in the Minors, too."

Ransom made his first appearance for the Brewers on Friday when Izturis left the game in the seventh inning after suffering his injury. He batted twice, collecting a single off Josh Collmenter and later scoring a run when Corey Hart homered.

While many athletes would sweat out the time in purgatory between teams, Ransom, a Mesa, Ariz., native, enjoyed his days off between Monday and Friday.

"Pretty relaxing, I've just been at the house," he said. "I haven't done anything. Came in Monday, got designated, so I went home, hung out with the kids and the wife until they called me Wednesday."

The move to Milwaukee sat well with Ransom, who dreaded a return trip to the Minors. Since 1998, the 36-year-old has played 1,445 Minor League games.

"It was good, I got a job," he said. "I was in the big leagues and not going to Triple-A somewhere. We'll see how it goes. I'm just going to show up ready to play every day."