When Matt Garza’s bullpen session was cut short yesterday due to lingering soreness from his collision with first baseman/human tank Jesus Aguilar, we knew he wouldn’t be able to make his scheduled start Thursday against the San Francisco Giants.
The Brewers made that official today, putting Garza on the DL as a way to make room for the returning Travis Shaw:
RHP Matt Garza (chest contusion) has been placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to June 4. 3B Travis Shaw reinstated from the paternity list.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 7, 2017
Shaw would’ve had to come off the paternity list before tomorrow’s game anyway — the rule only allows for players to miss between 1 and 3 games — so swapping Shaw for Garza lets the organization take an extra day to figure out what to do with tomorrow’s starting pitcher situation.
Depending on who’s needed to pitch out of the bullpen tonight, the team could easily slide Wily Peralta back into the starting role for a game, since backdating Garza’s DL stint means it’s possible he only misses one start. The Brewers could also call someone up — Paolo Espino was held out of his most recently scheduled start at Triple-A — but that would require another roster move on Thursday, whether it’s sending Brett Phillips back down after three games or sending down/shipping out a struggling reliever. Brandon Woodruff would also be on normal rest, but a 40-man roster spot would have to be cleared in order for him to get the call. Espino is already on the 40-man.