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Josh Tomlin released, but may return to Brewers

The veteran right-hander will explore other opportunities after not making the Brewers’ roster, but isn’t ruling out a return

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With about a week until Opening Day, the Brewers’ Opening Day roster is starting to take shape. In addition to some of the final minor league cuts, the team announced today that comeback candidate Josh Tomlin is being released.

The 34-year-old made 5 appearances for the Brewers this spring, including 3 starts. He allowed 9 runs (8 earned) on 12 hits -- 3 of them home runs -- in 15 innings, while striking out 9 and walking 2.

In that small sample, he did a good enough job of keeping runners off-base -- his WHIP was under 1 at 0.93 -- but the three homers in 15 innings were mildly concerning, considering he gave up 25 home runs last year.

As the spring went on, it became pretty clear there wouldn’t be a spot for him in the Brewers’ group of pitchers at the major league level (or at least not right away). The release gives a veteran a chance to catch on somewhere else with a week before the season starts. But as Adam McCalvy and Robert Murray are reporting, this may not be goodbye forever, depending on what opportunities are out there for him.

Tomlin would be a decent veteran option to stash in Triple-A, even if there are a few other (younger) guys who likely should get an opportunity to step in as a stopgap if there were an injury. Still, it seems likely that Tomlin would be able to find somewhere with a more clear path to the majors, even if it isn’t with a contending team.

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