Spring training cuts: Brewers release Michael Olmsted

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

He's the first pitcher to be cut from MLB camp this spring.

The Brewers opened spring training with 28 pitchers in camp, but today they're down to 27 as a former member of the 40-man roster moves on.

Moments ago the team announced they've released right handed reliever Michael Olmsted, a day after using him in relief in yesterday's loss to the Cubs. Olmsted had appeared in a pair of games this spring and allowed a single run on two hits and a walk over 1.1 innings, walking one and striking out one. He struck out the only batter he faced yesterday.

The Brewers signed Olmsted as a free agent and added him to the 40-man roster before the 2013 season despite the fact that he had pitched just 14 games above AA. He had experienced some pretty remarkable success in the low minors (a combined 1.52 ERA between High A and AA in 2012) but wasn't able to carry that success over to AAA Nashville, where he posted a 6.71 ERA over 49 outings.

The Brewers outrighted Olmsted off the 40-man roster in December, so this move has no major roster implications. It's more likely that the Brewers are giving Olmsted an opportunity to catch on elsewhere or look to pitch overseas.

There are still 27 pitchers in MLB camp and the Brewers are done playing split-squad doubleheaders for the spring, so it's likely more moves are coming soon. Minor league games start on Friday. Overall, the Brewers have trimmed their camp roster from 58 to 55.

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