The Brewers open up a four-game series in Colorado starting tonight. Before that begins, though, they announced a roster move as well as their rotation for the weekend series.
First, the bullpen got a boost yesterday with the return of Corey Knebel. It will get another boost this weekend, as Boone Logan will finally make his Brewers debut.
Acquired in the offseason on a one-year deal, Boone Logan went down in spring training with a triceps strain that kept him out for the start of the season. He made six rehab appearances between Biloxi and Colorado Springs, allowing three runs in four innings of work, with three hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. In spring training, he had recorded a 5.40 ERA over eight appearances (6.2 IP).
Meanwhile, Jorge Lopez will head back to Colorado Springs to get some work down there. He has made three appearances with the Brewers, pitching seven innings and recording a 5.14 ERA and 5.31 FIP. For the Sky Sox, he’s posted a 2.45 ERA over nine appearances.
With Logan now in the bullpen, here is the current set of pitchers in the bullpen.
The Brewers bullpen is good.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 10, 2018
That’s a pretty good bullpen to be working with right now. It’s easy to see why it’s one of the top bullpens in the league. One of those pitchers (most likely Taylor Williams or Brent Suter) will likely be optioned tomorrow when the Brewers bring up another pitcher for a start, but even taking one out, it’s still a very formidable pen.
Also, the Brewers have announced their rotation for the weekend series against the Rockies. Entering tonight, we only knew that Jhoulys Chacin would start the opener. This afternoon, the Brewers announced the rest of the lineup:
Brewers announce Brandon Woodruff will be called up to start Friday against the Rockies. Chase Anderson goes Saturday. TBA Sunday.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) May 10, 2018
Zach Davies tested his shoulder in a 'pen session yesterday and had hoped to come off the DL on Friday. No news on that at the moment.
With Zach Davies not ready to come off the DL quite yet, Brandon Woodruff will get a start tomorrow against the Rockies. It still remains to be seen if Woodruff will remain after that start or not. It’s possible that the Brewers are just buying Davies a few more days and he’ll slot in on Sunday if all goes well. It could also mean that Davies needs more time before he’s activated. We should get an update on that in the next day or two.
Woodruff will get his second start of the season for the Brewers on Friday. So far, he has made five appearances for the MLB club, pitching 9.1 innings and recording a 3.86 ERA and 3.38 FIP. In Colorado Springs, over 4 starts, he’s posted a 1.89 ERA over 19 innings.
The Brewers pitching staff is getting healthier, and that’s a good sign for this team. If they can keep some of the early season results up, they will be one of the top pitching staffs in the league this year.
UPDATE: Before the game, Craig Counsell announced that Brent Suter would start the game on Sunday, filling up the scheduled starters for the weekend.
Counsell said Brent Suter is penciled in to start Sunday vs Rockies barring unforeseen development.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 10, 2018
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