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Milwaukee Brewers place Chase Anderson on IL, recall Corbin Burnes

Pretty quick flight.

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We learned only moments before the start of tonight’s contest between the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers that Chase Anderson would be scratched with a finger laceration. But it appears that the front office may have had an inkling that Anderson wouldn’t be able to go tonight, as they somehow managed to pull off this roster move just moments before the game:

Burnes was already in Milwaukee when the game started and was seen warming up in the bullpen during Jacob Barnes’ first inning. Apparently he snuck into the clubhouse at some point today without anyone from the media noticing that he was there. One wonders why Burnes didn’t just start the game in the first place.

Burnes began the year in the rotation but was demoted after posting a 10.70 ERA and 11 home runs allowed through four starts and 17.2 innings. He threw 7.2 scoreless frames across two outings for Triple-A San Antonio before getting recalled, striking out 10 against four walks.


David Stearns has offered some further clarification on tonight’s moves:

Which still leaves one wondering...with Freddy Peralta listed as tomorrow’s starter, what role was/is Burnes being recalled to fill?

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs