Earlier today, a report came out that the Brewers would be adding Nate Orf to the 40-man roster. The move just became official, along with the corresponding moves to make it happen.
First, to clear a 25-man roster spot, the Brewers chose to option RHP Aaron Wilkerson back to Triple-A. Wilkerson is the most recent relief pitcher in the Brewers merry-go-round bullpen spot, getting called up this weekend to help fill in some innings. Wilkerson pitched in yesterday’s game, allowing five runs in three innings in the Brewers 8-2 loss to the Reds. Since he was not available for a few days, he heads back to Colorado Springs while we wait for the next spot on the merry-go-round to come around.
However, the Brewers also needed to clear a 40-man roster spot so they could add Nate Orf to the roster. They did this by moving Nick Franklin to the 60-day DL. Franklin appeared in just one game this season, getting called up on May 8 and starting that day, but then came out of that game and went on the 10-day DL with a right quad strain. Moving him to the 60-day DL is more of a formality than anything else, since all this means is he’ll have to miss one more week before he can return. Currently, there’s still no word on when he will begin to rehab, so he will likely be out much longer than another week.
With Nate Orf on the roster, the Brewers are wasting no time with him. He is already in the lineup for tonight’s game.