When the Brewers made their September call-up announcements yesterday, it was understood that at least two more names were getting the call a little later in the month. Today, the Brewers made it official, calling up Corey Knebel and Zach Davies.
RHP Corey Knebel has been recalled from Triple-A @skysox and RHP Zach Davies has been recalled from Class-A @TimberRattlers. INF/OF Nick Franklin has been reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and outrighted to Colorado Springs. The active roster is at 34 and 40-man is full. pic.twitter.com/1zKcG6PXBM— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 2, 2018
Both couldn’t be added to the active roster right away on Saturday due to the timing of their minor league demotions. Both had to stay in the minors for at least 10 days, necessitating an extra day before they could join the team for the series finale in Washington. Knebel will likely be available to pitch in today’s game — whether or not he’ll be trusted in a close game after Joakim Soria blew a lead with 2 outs in the 8th inning last night is a different question — while Davies is scheduled to make the start against the Cubs in the Brewers’ Labor Day matinee tomorrow.
Knebel made one appearance in Triple-A, throwing a scoreless inning, but one that wasn’t exactly clean, working around a hit and a walk while striking out one batter.
Davies finally looked sharp in his last start, throwing a complete game shutout, albeit in Class-A Wisconsin. He hasn’t thrown in a Major League game since May 29th, and while Davies had a 5.23 ERA when he was last put on the disabled list following two disappointing starts, he did have a largely good April outside of two ugly outings against the Cardinals and Mets. That includes two starts against the Cubs in which he held them to a total of 3 runs over a combined 11.2 innings, striking out 11. In 12 career starts against the North Side Nine, Davies has a 3.64 ERA.
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