Kelvim Escobar’s comeback attempt with the Milwaukee Brewers is over.
Sunday morning, the team released the right hander after lasting only 2/3 of an inning this spring before suffering problems in his throwing hand.
Escobar, 36, had not pitched in the majors since 2009 and hadn’t pitched a full season since 2007. Milwaukee brought him aboard as a non-roster invitee with a chance for a bullpen slot, but his chances were diminished greatly after he suffered the setback.
“I understand the business side — I’ve been around this game for a long time,” Escobar said. “First of all, there’s a lot of good, young arms here. Good, young pitching that came to camp and is throwing the ball well”
Escobar’s release will not end his quest to make it back to the big leagues, he said specifically.
As for Milwaukee, the bullpen picture is still blurry. With anticipated roster players such as John Axford and Jim Henderson gone for the World Baseball Classic, there are opportunities being presented. Michael Olmsted, Tyler Thornburg, Brandon Kintzler, and Mark Rogers are among the names in contention with Josh Stinson leading a contingent of dark horses.