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Milwaukee Brewers make set of roster moves prior to tonight’s game against Pirates

The Brewers placed Woodruff on the paternity list, sent Knebel on a rehab assignment, and brought in pitchers Supak and Topa

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The Brewers have a couple of roster spots to fill before tonight’s game. They have an open roster spot following the trade of David Phelps, and Brandon Woodruff is expecting the birth of a child shortly. As a result, the Brewers made a couple of roster moves prior to tonight’s game.

First, they officially placed Brandon Woodruff on the paternity list. Woodruff had pitched yesterday, allowing four runs in five innings pitched. Paternity list stints are three days in length, so Woodruff should be back in time to make his next start (which will likely be Friday in Cleveland).

In addition, the Brewers sent Corey Knebel to the alternate training site in Appleton on a rehab assignment. Knebel was placed on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain on August 20, and is currently eligible to return. His return from Tommy John surgery has been rough this year, as he has allowed 7 earned runs in 6.2 innings pitched this season, with 7 strikeouts compared to 4 walks.

To fill the two currently vacant roster spots, the Brewers recalled Trey Supak, and selected the contract of Justin Topa from Appleton. Both have not pitched in the majors yet, so they would each be making their MLB debuts. Supak had a 3.60 ERA covering 27 starts between Biloxi and San Antonio last year, while Topa had a 3.38 ERA in 33 appearances over 40 innings between Carolina and Biloxi in 2019.

Finally, the Brewers have announced Brent Suter as the starter for tonight’s game against the Pirates. Suter has been used out of the bullpen this year, so this will be a bullpen game tonight, with his longest appearance covering 2.2 IP and 45 pitches. That means we could see both Supak and Topa involved in tonight’s game.

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