It was a weekend full of roster moves. While a few of the moves were unexpected. An injury on Saturday resulted in the Brewers changing their plans, and the plans were further complicated with a 17-inning game yesterday. This resulted in some shuffling to get everything to work over the weekend.
The first move happened on Friday. With his broken pinky healed, Jean Segura was activated from the 15-day DL and placed right in the starting lineup on Friday. To make room for Segura, Brandon Kintzler was designated for assignment for the second time this season. However, a few hours later that DFA was rescinded, and he was placed on the 15-day DL instead. The reason given was left knee tendinitis, which is the same knee he had surgically repaired during the offseason. We don't know how significant the injury is yet, and there's no timetable for a return.
Meanwhile, with Sunday approaching, the brewers needed to make a roster move to put Tyler Wagner on the active roster. However, the decision was made for the Brewers when Khris Davis tore the meniscus in his right knee on Saturday afternoon. With Khris Davis heading to the DL, the Brewers used his roster spot to put Wagner on the active roster for Sunday. Meanwhile, Davis is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday, and we will get a timetable for his recovery then.
Once again, the unexpected happened on Sunday when the Brewers game went 17 innings. With the bullpen depleted and Monday's starter Matt Garza used up in the game, the Brewers needed help in the bullpen. They decided to call up Tyler Cravy from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and returned Tyler Wagner to Double-A Biloxi for now. While Cravy was a starter for the Sky Sox, it appears that he will be in the bullpen for now.
Despite all of the moves over the weekend, we are still not done with roster moves yet. One more still needs to be made today to activate Jonathan Lucroy from the 15-day DL. Common sense would say that Juan Centeno will be the one sent down since they do not need three catchers. We should get the official announcement later today, probably a few hours before tonight's game. In addition, a starting pitcher is needed for Tuesday now, and the likely callup for that will be Taylor Jungmann. It would be his day to pitch for the Sky Sox, so he would be on regular rest. Another roster move will be needed for that spot. The Brewers could also choose to have Tyler Cravy make that start, but only if he's not needed to cover innings tonight.
This Weekend's Results
Six home runs were hit in Friday's game, but only two were hit by the good guys. Carlos Gomez and Adam Lind each had a home run to keep the Brewers alive, but four Diamondbacks hit home runs to account for five of their seven runs.
Once again, the Diamondbacks just had their way with the Brewers. Paul Goldschmidt basically won the game by himself, accounting for four of the seven runs that the Diamondbacks scored. Kyle Lohse was hit hard in 3 1/3 innings, increasing his struggles in this rough season. Adam Lind, Elian Herrera, and Jason Rogers each drove in runs in the loss.
It took seventeen innings, but the Brewers finally broke their seven-game losing streak on Sunday. They fell behind 4-0 early in Tyler Wagner's debut, making it feel like the game was over before it began. However, the offense rallied, scoring six runs between the third and sixth innings to take a 6-5 lead. Meanwhile, the bullpen was exceptional, allowing just one run in 13 1/3 innings, five of those coming from Matt Garza pitching ahead of schedule. The game finally came to an end in the 17th inning, when Martin Maldonado hit a walk-off home run to end the game and send the remaining Brewers fans home happy.
Brewers News & Notes
- Will Smith's suspension appeal is set for today, and a decision will be made on it soon afterwards (though not necessarily today). Whenever the decision is made, the Brewers will be down a player for the duration of the suspension as Smith cannot be replaced on the roster while he is serving it.
- Craig Counsell may be ready to move away from Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning. Brandon Curry of MLB.com reports that Counsell may move to a committee for covering the eighth inning following another rough inning on Friday. In Sunday's game, Jonathan Broxton pitched the seventh inning and Jeremy Jeffress took the eighth.
- Cait Covers the Bases notes that all of the players currently on the Brewers roster have agreed to participate in Brewers Community Foundation activities during the 2015 season.
- The Brewer Nation blog has quotes from the Brewers and Shuckers about Tyler Wagner's promotion on Sunday.
Minor League Update
|Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Friday: Colorado Springs 8, Sacramento 3
Saturday: Sacramento 4, Colorado Springs 3
Sunday: Sacramento 10, Colorado Springs 5
|Sacramento @ Coloradoi Springs
Friday: Biloxi 3, Chattanooga 2
Saturday: Biloxi 11, Chattanooga 8
|Biloxi @ Birmingham
|Brevard County Manatees
Friday: Brevard County 3, Charlotte 1
Saturday: Brevard County 14, Lakeland 0
Sunday: Brevard County 8, Lakeland 3
|Lakeland @ Brevard County
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Saturday: Wisconsin 5, Beloit 3
Saturday: Beloit 6, Wisconsin 4
Sunday: Beloit 4, Wisconsin 1
|Beloit @ Wisconsin
Saturday: DSL Brewers @ DSL RedSox2 (PPD)
|DSL Red Sox2 @ DSL Brewers
News & Notes
- Johnny Hellweg will begin his rehab appearances this week in High-A Brevard County. Assistant GM Gord Ash mentioned that Hellweg's velocity is back to where it was before surgery, and the plan is to have Hellweg pitching in Colorado Springs by the end of the season.
- Over the weekend, Miller Park Prospects had previews of new callups Tyler Wagner and Tyler Cravy.
- Over on his Minor Details blog, Jeff Levering notes that the Shuckers finally have a home and will open the season there on June 6. Also, he covers some of the streaks currently ongoing in the minor league system.
NL Central Update
- Dodgers @ Cardinals
Friday: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 0
Saturday: Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1
Sunday: Cardinals 3, Dodgers 1
- Royals @ Cubs
Friday: Royals 8, Cubs 4
Saturday: Royals @ Cubs (PPD)
Sunday: Cubs 2, Royals 1
- Pirates @ Padres
Friday: Padres 6, Pirates 2
Saturday: Pirates 5, Padres 2
Sunday: Padres 7, Pirates 1
- Nationals @ Reds
Friday: Reds 5, Nationals 2
Saturday: Reds 8, Nationals 5
Sunday: Reds 8, Nationals 2
Today's Division Games
- Cubs (Jason Hammel) @ Marlins (Jose Urena) - 6:10 pm
- Pirates (Gerrit Cole) @ Giants (Ryan Vogelsong) - 9:15 pm
- Reds have the day off.
The Brewers begin a nine-game road trip with a three-game series against the Cardinals. First up is Mike Fiers, who is pitching a day early (on normal rest) against Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia. First pitch is at 7:10 pm, and the game will be on ESPN tonight.