The Milwaukee Brewers open a short two-game series against the Cubs tomorrow afternoon. To prepare for that, they decided to make a few roster moves today. They recalled outfielder Keon Broxton from Triple-A Colorado Springs, and optioned relievers Jacob Barnes and Aaron Wilkerson as corresponding moves.
Broxton is making a second appearance with the Brewers this season. He originally came up at the end of June and stayed through most of July. While his defense was strong, he was a weak spot in the lineup, recording a line of .185/.323/.370 with 2 home runs, 4 stolen bases, and 18 strikeouts to 11 walks in 25 games (65 PA). With Brett Phillips gone, Broxton is one of the top options to call up right now, though Domingo Santana is still working in Triple-A as well. Broxton’s minor league numbers are slightly better, with a batting line of .254/.323/.421.
Meanwhile, with the Brewers hitting a streak of games that includes three off-days (including today), the Brewers needs in the bullpen should be less over the next two weeks. As a result, they options both Jacob Barnes and Aaron Wilkerson back down to Colorado Springs. Both pitchers have been among the group of minor-league players regularly called up and down this year to keep the bullpen fresh. Barnes has pitched 42.1 innings and recorded a 3.61 ERA and 3.68 FIP, while Wilkerson has pitched 9 innings and recorded a 10.00 ERA and 8.05 FIP. Both will head back to the Sky Sox for now, until they are needed again to help keep the bullpen fresh.
The Brewers did not immediately announce another corresponding move to go along with these, but with only 6 in the bullpen right now, it’s likely that they are going to add another reliver. Tom Haudricourt believes that the Brewers will activate Taylor Williams tomorrow, who will be eligible to come off of the 10-day DL. Williams has been out since he pitched in the Brewers 21-5 loss on August 2, and went on the DL on August 4.
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