The Milwaukee Brewers made a roster move this afternoon, calling up a potential fill-in for the starting rotation:
RHP Adrian Houser has been recalled from Triple-A San Antonio. RHP Jay Jackson has been optioned there. pic.twitter.com/pQ9sQhlEZI— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 3, 2019
Adrian Houser, 26, has already made one spot start for the Milwaukee Nine this year, but it did not go well. He allowed nine hits and five runs — including a pair of homers — against the Cardinals on April 22nd. He’s been considerably better for the Triple-A Missions, however, working to a sterling 1.27 ERA across 21.1 innings and four starts with 23 strikeouts against only four walks. The move comes one day after Freddy Peralta’s latest catastrophe, prompting Adam McCalvy to note that Houser could theoretically be a candidate to take Peralta’s spot in the starting rotation if the Brewers do decide to make a move.
If Houser is going to take Peralta’s next turn, though, it seems odd that the team would recall him today even though that start wouldn’t come until Tuesday. Houser last started on the 29th, so following an every-fifth-day schedule would mean that he’d normally make a start tomorrow. Maybe they’ll shuffle around the rotation this weekend to accommodate that timeline. Most importantly, the team needs a rested relief arm after a bullpen day on Wednesday and Freddy’s short start yesterday. Even if they did rearrange the starters to get Houser in this weekend, Peralta still wouldn’t be available out of the bullpen for another couple of days. So we’ll have to wait and see what Counsell has to say about it.
Jay Jackson was optioned after appearing in three games over a four-day span since getting called up earlier this week. He allowed five runs in 2.1 innings with three strikeouts and a walk during his first big league stint since late 2015. He spent 2016-18 pitching in Japan. The 31 year old has thrown 8.2 scoreless innings for San Antonio and his minor league option makes him a likely candidate to ride the shuttle as the last man in the bullpen at least a few more times this season.
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