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Brent Suter optioned to make room for returning Matt Garza

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It’s back on the plane to Colorado Springs for the frequent-flying lefty as Garza comes off the DL

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With Matt Garza ready to return from his season-opening disabled list stint, Brent Suter is headed back to Colorado Springs, according to Adam McCalvy.

Suter’s most recent stint with the Brewers was another short one. The soft-tossing lefty was promoted to the big league club for a second time on Friday, giving the Brewers an extra arm for the weekend against St. Louis. He soaked up three innings that night, allowing three hits but no runs after Wily Peralta’s rough start. He followed that up with another scoreless inning this afternoon in the series finale.

But with Tommy Milone shifting back to the bullpen and likely being used the same way Suter was being used, the Ivy Leaguer became a bit redundant on the roster. He goes back to Colorado Springs after lowering his ERA to 4.91 following the recent scoreless stretch, his overall numbers still suffering from his 1 IP, 4H, 4 ER, 1 BB outing against the Cubs on April 8th.

He makes way for Garza, who had already been announced as the starter for Monday night’s series opener against Cincinnati.

Garza worked a total of 10.2 innings in his two rehab starts, faring well in his Triple-A outing (5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) but getting hit around against lesser competition in High-A (5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) in his second start.

The 33-year-old went on the disabled list just before Opening Day with a strained groin and is in the last guaranteed year of his contract with the Brewers, making $12.5 million this year.

UPDATE:

Suter has a different perspective on constantly being sent up and down to start the year, at least compared to some other pitchers who have been in the same spot. From McCalvy’s article:

"I'm just never going to unpack my bags all year," Suter said. "You have to take perspective. I'm flipping between Triple-A and the big leagues. I'm still playing baseball, still have a great opportunity."

"I have a big league suitcase with all I need," he said. "Big league pants, 'good enough' underwear, 'good enough' socks. I'm never unpacking it."

Statistics courtesy Baseball-Reference