Over the weekend the Brewers announced that they'd be calling up journeyman right-hander Junior Guerra from Colorado Springs to join the starting rotation before Tuesday's game. They didn't immediately make a roster move so that they could carry an extra arm in their beleaguered bullpen through the weekend, though. With the debut of the #2016BrewersAce finally arriving today, the club announced last night that to clear room on the active roster they have designated left-handed reliever Sam Freeman for assignment.
LHP Sam Freeman has been designated for assignment. RHP Junior Guerra to be recalled from Triple-A @skysox and start tomorrow.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 3, 2016
Freeman came to the Brewers on April 5th of this season after being acquired for cash considerations from the Texas Rangers. He filled the spot that had been previously occupied by Ariel Pena. Freeman is one of those rare lefties who can throw up to 97 MPH with his fastball, but he's always had problems with his control and that was the case during his brief tenure in Milwaukee. In seven relief appearances he pitched 7.2 innings while allowing 11 earned runs. Freeman walked more batters (9) than he struck out (8).
This marks the second time this year that Freeman has been designated for assignment. The 28 year old is a veteran parts of five MLB seasons (though he has only accrued a little over two years of service time) with the Cardinals, Rangers, and Brewers. Freeman owns a career 3.87 ERA in 116.1 big league innings (142 games). If he clears waivers the Brewers will most likely outright him to AAA and hope that he can harness command of his potentially dominant arsenal.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs