Prior to the doubleheader today, the Brewers made a series of roster moves in preparation for both games. The first move is a little bit of a surprise, as Michael Blazek was placed on the 15-day DL with a right forearm strain. Since returning from the DL on June 21, Blazek hasn’t been the same pitcher. Before his first DL stint, he had recorded a 2.31 ERA (excluding his last outing before it, where he gave up five runs). Since returning, it jumped to a 7.71 ERA. Though his strikeout and walk rates remained stable, he just never found the same success after returning. We’ll have to wait and see if Blazek can return this season, or if the Brewers decide to just shut him down for the year.
The corresponding move for Blazek’s DL stint is the promotion of Damien Magnifico. Pitching in Colorado Springs, he found success this season with a 3.18 ERA and 3.89 FIP. He also posted a strikeout rate of 8.58 K/9, walk rate of 4.61 BB/9, and limited batters to a 0.32 HR/9 home run rate. This will be his major league debut, and he will likely have an opportunity to prove himself for the rest of the season.
In addition to the promotion of Magnifico, the Brewers have also recalled Tyler Cravy. Designated at the 26th man for today, his stay in the majors will be a short one. So far in 9.2 IP in the majors, Tyler Cravy has recorded a 6.52 ERA and 4.58 FIP. In 56.1 IP in Colorado Springs, the results aren’t much better at a 5.91 ERA and 4.14 FIP. Barring an injury today, he should be heading right back to Colorado Springs after the game.
The Brewers made one other roster move yesterday, acquiring catcher Michael McKenry from the Braves and assigning him to Triple-A Colorado Springs. As a corresponding move, Lewis Brinson was placed on the minor-league DL. This is simply a depth move following Pina’s promotion, as well as an injury to Andrew Susac. You may remember Michael McKenry as a former Pirates catcher, who the Brewers always took advantage of when he was behind the plate. Between three minor-league teams, he posted a .294/.415/.535 batting line, with seven home runs.
Meanwhile, Damien Magnifico is already in Chicago, and he was hard at work this morning.
Hopefully that’s enough of a caffeine boost to get the team through the first game.