We learned on Friday afternoon that the Milwaukee Brewers would at some point be activating two players off of the disabled list this weekend. The first was infielder Eric Sogard, which prompted Keon Broxton’s demotion to AAA. Today, starter-turned-reliever Wily Peralta has replaced Rob Scahill in Milwaukee’s bullpen:
#Brewers reinstate RHP Wily Peralta from 10-day DL and designate RHP Rob Scahill for assignment.— Tom (@Haudricourt) July 23, 2017
RHP Wily Peralta (right calf strain) reinstated from the 10-day DL. RHP Rob Scahill designated for assignment. 40-man roster stands at 39.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 23, 2017
Peralta began this year in the starting rotation for the Brewers but was demoted to the bullpen after posting a 6.08 ERA through his first 40.0 innings pitched. He was even worse in relief, coughing up 16 earned runs in 13.2 innings with 14 strikeouts and 11 walks. He hit the disabled list on June 21st with a right calf strain.
Big Wily made four rehab appearances with AAA Colorado Springs, allowing 5 earned runs in 5.1 innings. But all 5 of those earnies came in one outing where he recorded only one out, and in the other 3 he allowed only 2 unearned runs in 5.0 innings. Peralta said on Friday that he’s started to feel more comfortable in the bullpen:
"Now I feel like I’m really a bullpen guy. Routine-wise, sitting in there and watching the game. Standing up and warming up, I feel like it’s kind of normal now.
I don’t feel the way I felt earlier in the season, when my body would react in a different way. Now I feel like I’m a bullpen guy. Now I feel normal.”
Hopefully the out-of-options former top prospect can come back and be a positive contributor down the stretch, because Milwaukee could sure use some middle relief help.
This is now the third time Rob Scahill has found himself in DFA limbo with the Brewers this calendar year. He spent about a month with the club during May and June and returned to the big leagues on June 30th. During his 2nd stint in Milwaukee this year, he allowed 4 earned runs in 4.2 innings with 5 strikeouts and 1 walk. For the season, Scahill has compiled a 4.43 ERA/5.75 FIP across 22.1 MLB innings. He has previously accepted multiple outright assignments with the Brewers so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him do the same this time around and stay with the club as bullpen depth down the stretch.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs