The bullpen for the Milwaukee Brewers has had to do quite a bit of heavy lifting over the first week of the season. Their relievers had already thrown a league-high 22.2 innings over the first five games of the season before working another 5.0 innings in tonight’s lopsided affair against the Cubs. As a result, the Brewers made a roster move after the game, optioning lefty reliever Brent Suter to the AAA Sky Sox in order to make room for a fresh arm from the minor leagues. No corresponding move has been announced, though we should definitely know who will be the reinforcement before tomorrow’s 1:10 PM CST first pitch at Miller Park.
Suter was called up on Tuesday after Junior Guerra hit the disabled list and tossed 3.1 innings over three appearances this week, allowing just the four total runs he gave up today with a 3:3 K/BB ratio. He’ll rejoin the Sky Sox staff and will likely continue working multiple innings out of the bullpen, but could conceivably be back in the majors relatively quickly.
As for who will be coming up to replace Suter on the active roster, it doesn’t appear as though they’ll be able to bring back either Taylor Jungmann or Tyler Cravy at this time, both of whom were optioned to the minors within the last 10 days and therefore shouldn’t yet be able to be recalled since this isn’t an injury situation. If the Brewers are planning on bringing up someone from the currently full 40 man roster, that would leave Damien Magnifico as the only real candidate. Otherwise someone like Rob Scahill could be brought up to the bigs, though an addition move to clear a spot on the 40 man roster would be required.
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