Burnes (1st), Hader (3rd), Narvaez (1st), Peralta (1st), Woodruff (2nd)
Before Monday night's series opener against the Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers activated Hunter Strickland to the 26-man roster and optioned Patrick Weigel back to Triple-A. The veteran Strickland was recently acquired after being designated for assignment by the Angels, and debuted for the Brewers with a scoreless inning in the 10-2 loss.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals will play a twin bill today (assuming the weather cooperates) and that means each team will get an extra player for the day. This morning, the Brewers announced that their 27th man would be Alec Bettinger. The 25 year old has appeared in three games so far at the big league level and has yielded 14 runs in 9.0 innings. He's made one start in Triple-A, throwing five shutout innings.
Earlier this week, the Brewers designated Josh Lindblom for assignment in order to clear roster space for Eric Lauer. Lindblom officially cleared waivers today, and the Brewers announced that he has been outrighted to Triple-A. Lindblom did have the right to refuse the assignment, but Adam McCalvy noted that Lindblom has accepted the assignment. The Brewers plan is to get Lindblom regular work in Triple-A to see if that will improve his results. He will slot into the Nashville starting rotation beginning on Thursday, and will get regular starts from there.
The Milwaukee Brewers designated Jacob Nottingham for assignment on April 22nd, and today his fate was learned when the Mariners announced that they had claimed the 26 year old backstop off of waivers. Nottingham arrived as a prized prospect in the trade that sent Khris Davis to Oakland prior to the 2016 season, but his promising offensive numbers in the lower minors did not continue as he ascended up the ladder. Nottingham did improve his defensive prowess dramatically, however, and debuted with the Brewers in 2018. During parts of three MLB seasons, he totaled 85 plate appearances and hit .203/.306/.432 with five home runs for a 95 OPS+, although with a 35% strikeout rate. As someone who now profiles best as a "backup catcher with pop," Nottingham could be in line for some legitimate playing time in Seattle as both their current catchers Luis Torrens and Tom Murphy have struggled this year. (Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference)
After 18 years in professional baseball, Tim Dillard is finally calling it for his playing career. Originally drafted by the Brewers in the 15th round of the 2001 MLB Draft, and then again in the 34th round of the 2002 Draft, Dillard has been associated with the Brewers for most of his professional career. He made his MLB debut in 2008 and played with the Brewers for parts of seasons between 2008 and 2012. In those games, he posted a 4.70 ERA and 4.13 FIP in 73 appearances and 84.1 IP. He was on a Brewers team within their organization for 16 seasons, before spending 2019 in the Texas Rangers organization and then 2020 with the Milwaukee Milkmen. While Dillard is retiring, he does mention in his retirement post that he may have some "big news coming soon". We'll have to wait and see what that news will be.
It's the end of an era for the Brewers, as the signage for Miller Park officially comes down. American Family Insurance has officially taken over the naming right for the stadium, which will now be known as American Family Field.
Hopefully today won’t be the final game for Ryan Braun. But if it is, thanks for the memories.
Back in June, while the baseball season was shut down, reports came out that a man broke into Miller Park and caused damage to the field. We didn't get much for details at the time, but as the case has gone to trial, more details are coming out. James Dator of SB Nation has the details on the case, noting that the man's plan was to break into the park and use a tractor to write his name on the field in cursive. It's an ambitious plan, but as you can see in the video released with surveillance footage, it didn't go too well. He eventually gave up and left, but the damage he did to the field was estimated at $40,000.
The Miwlaukee Brewers announced that Ryan Braun has been removed from today's lineup due to low back tightness. Braun was originally slotted to bat fifth and play right field. The righty was one of the big offensive sparks against the Pirates yesterday. He has been replaced by utility fielder Jace Peterson.