The Milwaukee Brewers will need to make a roster move today to bring scheduled starter Adrian Houser to the big leagues so he can take the ball against St. Louis. But according to Robert Murray of The Athletic, Houser won’t be the only arm joining the team from Triple-A San Antonio:
The Brewers are expected to recall RHP Jake Petricka from Triple-A on Monday, source tells The Athletic. It is unclear what the corresponding roster move would be.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) April 21, 2019
Jake Petricka has already been up and down twice from the minors this season for the Menomonee Valley Nine and has logged four appearances totaling 4.0 innings, allowing two earned runs with four walks and a single strikeout. What is more notable than Petricka’s return is that the move comes only three days after he was sent back to San Antonio along with Corbin Burnes.
Optional assignments typically need to last a minimum of 10 days, unless there is an injury or a case of paternity leave (which is what brought Petricka to the MLB this last time, Alex Wilson and his wife having their baby). Since Petricka has been down such a short time, it suggests that there might be something going on health-wise with someone on the big league roster. Mike Moustakas did fracture a finger on his right hand, but he’s not expected to hit the injured list with that malady at this time. We didn’t have any prior indication of Freddy Peralta’s recent injury of shoulder soreness/inflammation, so perhaps there is a pitcher on the staff who is going to need some time off. That would make more sense than Petricka taking Moustakas’ spot on the roster; one would figure that if Moose needs to sit out, the club would be recalling a position player to take his place.
Stay tuned for more roster news later today.
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