The Brewers are hoping Matt Albers is actually healthy this time.
After his second disabled list stint of the year — and a disastrous run after he returned the first time — Albers will rejoin a bullpen that needs someone to step up as a third dependable option.
Albers had a 1.93 ERA in 28 innings before a disastrous outing on June 11th that saw him give up 5 runs and record just 2 outs against the Cubs — the difference in a 7-2 loss. It turns out a shoulder injury was to blame and Albers missed the next month and a half before returning in late July but still looking off.
In that four-game stint, Albers gave up 10 runs and recorded just 4 outs, seeing his ERA spike to 6.23. He was shuffled back to the disabled list, with the team citing a sore hamstring the second time around.
The Brewers will go back to having the extra man in the bullpen by sending Keon Broxton back down. But instead of putting him on a plane to Colorado Springs, the team is showing some good will in sending him to Class-A Wisconsin instead. That might sound odd, but Broxton is due to become a dad for the first time in a matter of days, so the team is allowing him to stay with his girlfriend while they wait for the baby to arrive. Depending on the timeline, the Brewers could either send him back up to Triple-A after the birth, or just wait until rosters expand on September 1st to bring him back to Milwaukee.