The Milwaukee Brewers placed Zach Davies on the 10-day disabled list during yesterday’s off day, but they waited until earlier this afternoon to announce the accompanying move to replace him on the active roster:
The injury came as sort of a surprise but the Brewers have said they are merely being cautious with Davies and only expect him to miss one start. With the off days yesterday and on Monday, the team has elected to go with a four-man rotation for the time being to keep everyone on regular rest. As such, Milwaukee will be able to keep Brett Phillips’ bat on the bench for a little bit longer with Jorge Lopez serving as the eighth reliever in the bullpen.
Lopez spent a week and a half with the big club during April but found his way into only one game. He performed well, though, tossing three innings of relief while allowing a run during Milwaukee’s 10-4 loss to Cincinnati on April 16th. He’s also had early season success while pitching for AAA Colorado Springs, as he’s appeared in nine games and logged 11.0 innings with a 2.45 ERA. Lopez has recorded four saves for the Sky Sox and has seven strikeouts against only two walks.
Lopez may not be on the roster all the way until Davies returns, however, as the Brewers are close to getting some reinforcements back from injury soon. Boone Logan has now made three appearances on his rehab assignment with AA Biloxi, and earlier today manager Craig Counsell said on MLB Network Radio that the team is about a week away from getting All-Star closer Corey Knebel back on the active roster (h/t @Brewernation).
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