ATLANTA -- With Alex Gonzalez away on paternity leave, Cesar Izturis got his first start at shortstop for the Brewers on Saturday night, and he will be back in the lineup again in the series finale against the Braves on Sunday.
"He's always been a great defender and he's had a couple of good offensive years also," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He's a good quality player. It will be good to get him a couple more games."
Gonzalez is expected to return to the team on Tuesday for the opening of a three-game series against the Dodgers in Milwaukee. His wife is scheduled to give birth to their third child on Sunday in Florida.
Izturis, who won a Gold Glove Award while with the Dodgers in 2004, signed a Minor League contract with the Brewers after an injury-plagued season with the Orioles last year and made the team in Spring Training.
Izturis, 32, played 150 games in 2010 with the Orioles, but was limited to 18 games last season because of an elbow injury and strained hamstring. A .255 career hitter, he batted just .200 last year.
His only previous start with the Brewers was at third base on Thursday in Chicago, when Aramis Ramirez was given a day off against the Cubs.
Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with his second home run in the Brewers' 10-8 loss to the Braves on Friday before leaving for Florida.
Roenicke said that he knew well in advance that Gonzalez would be taking paternity leave, but that the birth was originally scheduled for Tuesday. A few days off may be coming at a good time for the shortstop, who was bothered by a heel bruise during Spring Training and had it flare up a little bit Friday night.
Crew recalls Farris for infield insurance
ATLANTA -- Eric Farris was recalled from Triple-A Nashville as infield insurance on Saturday, but his stay is likely to again be brief with Alex Gonzalez expected back from paternity leave on Tuesday.
Farris, 26, was called up for just one day last July as an emergency fill in when Rickie Weeks went on the disabled list. He grounded out as a pinch-hitter against the Cubs in his Major League debut.
Farris is mainly a second baseman, but played shortstop Thursday and Friday to prepare for his recall. He got the nod over Nashville shortstop Edwin Maysonet because he is already on the Brewers' 40-man roster, which is full.
Farris, a California native, was hitting .161 in nine games at Nashville, but batted .271 and stole 21 bases for the Sounds last season. A fourth-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Loyola Marymount, Farris is ranked as the Brewers' No. 17 prospect.
Jungmann, Bradley off to hot starts in Minors
ATLANTA -- Taylor Jungmann is tied for the Florida State League lead in victories, while Brevard County teammate Jed Bradley has yet to allow an earned run in the Class A Advanced circuit.
Minor League Baseball hasn't proven to be a difficult transition from college for the Brewers' two 2011 first-round Draft picks after they signed too late to get started last season.
Jungmann, taken at No. 12 overall out of Texas, is 2-0 with a 3.09 ERA in 11 2/3 innings over his two starts. The right-hander has struck out seven and walked five.
Bradley, the 15th overall pick from Georgia Tech, has been even better. The left-hander has allowed just six hits and an unearned run over 13 innings in his first two starts, striking out 11 and walking two.
Bradley is ranked as the Brewers' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com, and is No. 96 on the Top 100 list. Jungmann is right behind Bradley as the No. 3 prospect on the Brewers.
Milwaukee's top four prospects are all starting pitchers. Wily Peralta, ranked No. 1, is 0-1 with a 2.45 ERA and 10 strikeouts to five walks in two games for Triple-A Nashville. No. 4 Tyler Thornburg is 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 13 strikeouts to three walks in two starts for Double-A Huntsville.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.