The Milwaukee Brewers are still trying to decide who will take Junior Guerra’s spot in the starting rotation, but they made a move Tuesday to make sure they won’t be short-handed in the meantime.
With Guerra officially going on the 10-day disabled list, the Brewers recalled lefty Brent Suter from Triple-A to take his place on the 25-man roster. Those who paid close attention to the minor league rosters announced earlier today may have noticed that Suter wasn’t listed on the Sky Sox roster, an early sign that this move was coming. (h/t Jim Goulart via Twitter)
Suter may just be a fresh arm after the Brewers had to use 7 pitchers on Opening Day following Guerra’s injury, and no off day until Monday. It could also be a sign that Tommy Milone is the early favorite to make at least one start in Guerra’s place. Before the move, Milone was the only left-handed pitcher on the roster. Calling up Suter instead of, say, Tyler Cravy ensures there’s at least one lefty in the bullpen in the event Milone makes a start or two.
Suter’s call-up could also end up being temporary, if the Brewers decide they want someone other than Milone to make what would’ve been Guerra’s next start. The Brewers are likely keeping their lips sealed on their thinking until they get a better idea of the severity of Guerra’s calf injury.
Suter himself could even end up making the start, if the Brewers so choose. He made two spot starts last season, book ending his first major league season. Despite being one of the softest throwers in the majors last year — his fastball averaged just 83.8 mph in 2016 — he still found a decent amount of success in limited action, putting up a 3.32 ERA (4.39 FIP) and a 130 ERA+ in 21.2 innings.
Guerra won't be back until early to mid-May:
Junior Guerra had MRI today and was given initial diagnosis of 4-6 weeks on the DL. But he's feeling better and is walking without crutches.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) April 4, 2017
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