The Milwaukee Brewers announced a series of roster moves prior to tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates:
C Stephen Vogt (left knee sprain) has been placed on the 10-day disabled list. RHP Junior Guerra reinstated from the DL and starts tonight.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 18, 2017
LHP Tyler Webb and INF Yadiel Rivera optioned and RHP Michael Blazek and C Jett Bandy recalled from Triple-A @skysox.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 18, 2017
The move for Guerra was expected. He went on the 10-day disabled list after getting hit in the shin during his final start before the All-Star break, but missed only the minimum amount of days. With the break, he didn’t even have to miss a turn in the rotation. He’ll take the bump in this evening’s matchup with Pirates looking to improve upon his current 4.78 ERA/8.60 DRA through 10 starts this season.
Vogt’s placement on the disabled list doesn’t come as much of a surprise, either. He was injured in a home plate collision with Chad Kuhl last night and though it appears he has avoided a concussion, he was scheduled for an MRI earlier today that indicated that a stay on the disabled list would be the best course of action. He'll miss at least a month with a sprained MCL. He had been enjoying a nice run since the Brewers claimed him off waivers, with a .250/.313/.679 slash and 4 home runs though his first 12 games played.
Vogt’s replacement will be Jett Bandy, who made the Opening Day roster with Milwaukee this season. He started off hot in April, but an extended cold streak left his line at .211/287/.380 with 6 home runs in 157 plate appearances before being optioned to Colorado Springs. He raked in 51 plate appearances with the Sky Sox, posting a .310/.412/.500 slash line with 2 home runs.
Also back is Michael Blazek, who must have apparently been technically considered the “injury replacement” among all the roster moves cause he had just been optioned last Thursday, 5 days ago on the 13th. He tossed 4.0 scoreless innings during his first stint with Milwaukee earlier this month, and has worked to a 3.13 ERA/4.94 DRA in 63.1 innings pitched across 20 appearances (10 starts) with the Sky Sox.
Heading down to the minors are Yadiel Rivera and Tyler Webb, who spent only brief stints with the Crew. Rivera was called up on July 6th but he appeared in only one game as a defensive replacement at third base. He collected two plate appearances and went hitless. Webb came to Milwaukee on July 13th in a trade with the Yankees and appeared in two games, pitching two innings in relief. He was hit around quite a bit and coughed up two of his own earned runs and three inherited runs to score.
Brett Phillips retains his spot on the roster but is not in the lineup tonight; Rob Scahill remains on the 13-man pitching staff.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball Prospectus