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Adrian Houser to start series opener in Oakland

Hopefully only a spot start before another arm is acquired.

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A spate of recent injuries have caused plenty of turmoil in the starting rotation for the Milwaukee Brewers, but earlier this morning the club filled one of their TBD spots for the upcoming series by naming Adrian Houser as the starter in tonight’s tilt against the Oakland Athletics.

The 26 year old has bounced back and forth from the rotation and the bullpen this year, starting six games among 23 appearances and 53.2 innings pitched. He owns a cumulative 4.19 ERA on the year but has pitched notably better as in relief, posting a 1.47 ERA in 30.2 innings out of the ‘pen versus a 7.83 mark in 23.0 innings as a starter. He last started on July 15th when he threw 92 pitches against the Braves, but the deepest he has gone is 2.0 innings and 26 pitches in three appearances since then.

Tomorrow’s game and Thursday’s series finale are still listed as TBD, but new acquisition Jordan Lyles figures to toe the slab for one of them, and Gio Gonzalez will likely go in the other as long as his shoulder issue has subsided. The possibility still remains, of course, that David Stearns picks up another starter before the trade deadline tomorrow afternoon.

Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs