Jorge Lopez was able to pick up the final two innings of the Brewers’ loss to the Phillies on Saturday night, but after throwing 54 pitches, it was a safe assumption he wouldn’t be available for the next couple days.
So before today’s series finale against the Phillies and before the team takes off for Pittsburgh for the next three days, the Brewers made a move to add a fresh arm to the bullpen that’s also capable of going multiple innings.
RHP Adrian Houser has been recalled from Triple-A @skysox. RHP Jorge López has been optioned there.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 17, 2018
Houser had been slated to start today for Colorado Springs, but as Brewerfan.net minor league guru Jim Goulart noted this morning, the Sky Sox’ probable starter was changed to ‘TBA’ sometime overnight, likely signaling this move.
As for 40-man pitcher call-up choices, Woodruff not yet in AAA for ten days, the Sky Sox game summary from Sat. night says Houser starts Sunday but MiLB now lists "TBD". Wilkerson started Sat. night, Asher tossed 3 IP Thursday https://t.co/K0OqK8DUTI— Jim Goulart (@Mass_Haas) June 17, 2018
In a funny coincidence, it was Houser himself that found himself optioned to Triple-A after his most recent stint — he was sent down after picking up the final two innings in a blowout win over the Mets before being sent down for Jacob Barnes three weeks to the day.
Houser has pitched four scoreless innings for the Brewers in his two short stints in the majors thus far, striking out 6 in those couple of appearances. It seems likely this will be another short cup of coffee for him, as the Brewers need to call up a starter for Tuesday in Pittsburgh. All signs point to Freddy Peralta making that start, and Houser would seem to be the logical pick to go back down — short of a sudden DFA of Boone Logan.
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