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Milwaukee Brewers recall Alec Bettinger; option Aaron Ashby, Angel Perdomo

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Perdomo had been on the IL and rehabbing.

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After bullpenning their way through yesterday’s 15-7 victory to secure a sweep against the Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers made an expected move for a fresh arm in the bullpen before the start of tonight’s series in Pittsburgh. Aaron Ashby was demoted one day after getting shelled in his big league debut, and Alec Bettinger is taking his place on the active roster. Angel Perdomo, who had been on the 10-day Injured List but on rehab assignment in Triple-A, was also activated and officially optioned to Nashville.

Aaron Ashby yielded seven runs — four earned — on four hits and three walks while recording two outs as the opener against the Cubs on Wednesday, throwing 39 pitches. It was a forgettable big league debut, and upon his departure, Craig Counsell advised that the youngster simply learn from this experience and use it to be better when he receives his next opportunity. One of Milwaukee’s top pitching prospects, there figures to be plenty of chances for Ashby in the future. He’s got a 4.50 ERA in Triple-A across 38.0 innings this year, with 56 punchouts versus 24 walks.

Bettinger returns for his fifth stint with the Brewers of this season, although he’s only actually made three appearances. He’s given up 14 earned runs in 9.0 innings this year at the MLB level, although 11 of those came during his 4.0 inning big league debut on May 2nd. Bettinger, the org’s #23 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, has been markedly better in Triple-A, where he owns a 3.00 ERA and 26:6 K/BB ratio in 24.0 innings.

Angel Perdomo has made 13 appearances for the Brewers this season, posting a 7.11 ERA with 19 strikeouts and 12 walks in 12.2 innings, but had been on the IL with a lower back strain since the end of May. He began a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Sounds on June 20th and made five appearances before the activation and option; he has not allowed a single hit with Nashville while walking one batter and striking out 10 in 5.0 innings.

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