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:
RHP Chase Anderson has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right middle finger laceration. RHP Corbin Burnes recalled from Triple-A San Antonio.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 1, 2019
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:
Word from #Brewers GM David Stearns: Anderson broke open callous and blister during bullpen warmup. Burnes had arrived at park to be activated for tomorrow's game. Burnes wasn't in full uniform when Anderson issue occurred. Got approval from MLB to immediately put Anderson on IL.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 2, 2019
Stearns said all of the previous stuff happened in the 10 minutes prior to the game. So, lots of moving parts in short period of time. We had not been told that Burnes was going to be activated tomorrow. Peralta is listed as starter and is still on IL until activated.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 2, 2019
Which still leaves one wondering...with Freddy Peralta listed as tomorrow’s starter, what role was/is Burnes being recalled to fill?
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