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Milwaukee Brewers call up Tyrone Taylor and Phil Bickford

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Trey Supak heads back to the Alternate Training Site after spending an evening hanging out in the Brewers’ bullpen, and Jedd Gyorko goes to the bereavement list.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have made a number of personnel moves this afternoon before starting their series with the Detroit Tigers. Jedd Gyorko was placed on the bereavement list. Without throwing a pitch in a game, Supak was sent back to the Alternate Training Site just a day after getting the call to Milwaukee.

In corresponding transactions, the Brewers called up Tyrone Taylor and Phil Bickford from the Alternate Training Site.

A former highly touted prospect, Phil Bickford could make his major league debut in the very near future. After dealing with injury issues and a drug suspension following his trade to Milwaukee from San Francisco in the Will Smith deal in 2016, Bickford bounced back in a major way in 2019. He made 20 appearances and pitched 32.2 inning for the Class A-Advanced Carolina Mudcats, posting a 2.48 ERA with a whopping 53 strikeouts versus 11 walks while showing improved fastball velocity.

Taylor, on the other hand, gets another shot to make an impression with the big club. He was added to the 40-man roster to stave off minor league free agency during the winter of 2018-19, then batted .269/.334/.461 with 14 home runs in 92 games for Triple-A San Antonio last season. That earned him his first call-up last September, delaying a potential job at FedEx. Taylor appeared in 15 games, recording four hits — including a pair of doubles — as well as a walk and hit by pitch in 12 plate appearances.

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