The Brewers officially announced a trade for second baseman Neil Walker after last night's game, but didn't announce a corresponding move. There were a couple of choices they still had to make to get Walker on the roster -- one to clear a 40-man roster spot, and one to get him on the active roster.
The team announced that move shortly after posting the lineup for today's series finale against Cincinnati, in which Walker is batting 4th: Michael Blazek is being DFA'd, and Brent Suter is on the DL after another rough start.
LHP Brent Suter (left rotator cuff strain) placed on the 10-day disabled list. RHP Michael Blazek designated for assignment.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 13, 2017
Suter gave up 5 runs in 5 innings last night, walking 4 and seeing 3 of the 4 hits he surrendered carry out of the park for home runs. It's the second time this month he allowed 5 runs in a start, and the third straight start in which he went 5.1 innings or less.
Whether the rotator cuff strain was a factor in his recent struggles or it was just the league starting to figure out the soft-tossing lefty, he'll now have some time to sort things out and get well.
The Brewers won't need a 5th starter until August 22nd -- which is around the time Chase Anderson could be back -- so it's possible we've seen the last of Suter in the rotation.
We haven't seen Blazek in the majors since the fateful 6-homer game in Washington, and he hasn't pitched all that well since the demotion, surrendering 16 hits and 8 runs in 9 innings over 2 starts, striking out just 4 total batters in those outings.
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