Brewers claim Nieuwenhuis, Pinto, Wilkins off waivers

Kirk Nieuwenhuis has hit .232 in 617 total big-league at-bats, with 17 career home runs.

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The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Wednesday that the club had claimed outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, catcher Josmil Pinto and first baseman Andy Wilkins off waivers.

Nieuwenhuis was claimed from the New York Mets, with whom he has spent most of his four-year major-league career. The 28-year-old has hit .232 in 617 total big-league at-bats, with 17 career home runs.

Pinto, 26, has decent pop but has struggled defensively in two brief stints in the majors, playing for Minnesota. Pinto, who was claimed off waivers from San Diego, played 78 total games for Minnesota in 2013 and 2014, hitting .257 with 11 total home runs.

Wilkins, 27, was claimed from Texas. He had one cup of coffee in the big leagues, playing 17 games for the Chicago White Sox in 2014. That season, Wilkins hit .140 in 43 at-bats. The first baseman has shuffled around a bit recently; Wilkins was selected off waivers by Seattle on Dec. 2 before being selected off waivers by Texas on Dec. 14.

All three players were put on the Brewers’ 40-man roster, which is now full.