ATLANTA -- Nyjer Morgan's weekend rehab with Triple-A Nashville was cut back to less than two full games, but the fleet Brewers outfielder is still all set to rejoin the active roster when eligible on Tuesday.
"It would have been nice to get a few more at-bats, but I'm ready to go," Morgan said "I feel good. No issues at all. I want to get back in there."
Morgan was hitting .455 in 22 at-bats when he suffered a bruised right quad on April 17 during a collision at home plate in Pittsburgh. Of his 10 hits, he had two doubles and two triples.
"Hopefully he's as hot as he was before," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "That would be nice."
Morgan, acquired from the Nationals near the end of Spring Training, tested his right leg with a couple of feet-first slides for Nashville, going 1-for-2 in steal attempts in two games, and reported no problems.
Morgan was 2-for-3 with a walk at the plate on Saturday in his only full game. Because of problems with his flight, he arrived in Nashville after Friday's game with Albuquerque had already started and the game on Sunday was rained out.
Right fielder Corey Hart returned from the DL while Morgan was out. But Morgan is expected to get starts in center field for Carlos Gomez and also be available for outfield duty when Hart needs a day off.
Roenicke very pleased with Betancourt's D
ATLANTA -- Yuniesky Betancourt is regarded more highly for his bat than his glove. But the shortstop has gotten off to a good start defensively with the Brewers after being part of the Zack Greinke trade with the Royals this winter.
"They're not seeing what I'm seeing," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke of Betancourt's detractors from the past.
Betancourt committed just two errors in his first 25 games with the Brewers and has been making highlight-reel plays as well as the ordinary ones.
"He's playing a good defensive shortstop," Roenicke said. "He's done a good job for us. He's made some fantastic plays."
Betancourt has also supplied his expected production at the plate. He went into the series against the Braves beginning Monday batting .253 with six doubles, a homer and 10 RBIs. He had drawn only five walks, but his strikeouts were also infrequent with just 10.
Almonte still out, Parra working way back
ATLANTA -- Although Erick Almonte is eligible to come off the new seven-day disabled list for concussions Tuesday, the outfielder is not close to returning to action after being hit in the face by a throw during batting practice last week.
"He hasn't been cleared for any activity yet," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Monday. "It probably won't be until we get back home [next week]. Then we'll have him evaluated. He got hit pretty good."
After 15 days, a player must move from the new concussion list to the regular disabled list if not ready to play. That appears likely for Almonte, who is 3-for-29 with a homer in limited playing time this season.
Manny Parra, on the DL all season with back problems, may be ready to return before the end of the week. "He's got about another outing and then we'll evaluate it," Melvin said. "He's getting close to coming back up here."
The left-hander made his sixth appearance for Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and allowed a run on three hits in an inning. He is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA for the Sounds.
Parra is expected to pitch out of the bullpen as a long man when he is ready to be activated. After winning 10 games in 2008 and 11 in 2009 as a starter, he split duties last year and was 3-10 with a 5.02 ERA in 42 games.
Georgia native Boggs hoping for longer stay
ATLANTA -- Brandon Boggs hopes his homecoming isn't a brief one. The Brewers' outfielder was at Turner Field as a Major League player for the first time Monday night as the Brewers opened a series with the Braves.
Boggs grew up outside Atlanta in suburban Cobb County and played for Georgia Tech, facing rival Georgia in an annual game at Turner Field. But his time in the Majors had been limited to the American League before this season and the Rangers didn't have any Interleague games in Atlanta during that time.
"There's a lot of things going on with the team, so I hope I'm around for the whole series," said Boggs, who lives in the suburb of Sandy Springs. "It's nice being back here and sleeping in my own bed."
Boggs was promoted from Triple-A Nashville when Nyjer Morgan went on the DL and Morgan will come off Tuesday, putting Boggs' status in jeopardy. The switch-hitter was 1-for-10 coming into the series.
The Brewers are carrying 13 pitchers, but manager Ron Roenicke indicated Monday that he will likely stick with that despite having a short bench.
"Right now, we'll probably keep the extra pitcher," Roenicke said.
Guy Curtright is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.