Brewer Daily News for March 24th: Olmsted to minors, Crew loses to Angels

Good morning and welcome to the Sunday edition of Brewer Daily News. This morning, the Milwaukee Brewers will see the departure of Michael Olmsted to Nashville as he was optioned Saturday. Yesterday, the Brewers were the victims yet again of another loss.

Despite his lumberjack appearance, Michael Olmsted is a solid choice for a reliever. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

For Olmsted, he will be heading into his first season in Triple-A. He’s a career 6-6, 1.96 ERA pitcher in the minors and has the potential to be called up at anytime in this upcoming season. In Spring Training, Olmsted pitched in 11 games and had a 5.23 ERA with three saves and 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings pitched. Manager Ron Roenicke commented on the situation:

“We’re trying to figure who that last spot’s going to be, and there’s a couple other guys that we feel right now are ahead of [Olmsted].” – via Brewers.com

Olmsted’s absence now leaves a four man race between Mark Rogers, Donovan Hand, Brandon Kintzler and Alfredo Figaro for two spots on the 25-man roster. Olmsted has steadily become a fan favorite among the Brewer faithful and has definitely become a solid back-up option for now.

The Brewers suffered their third loss in a row yesterday afternoon in a 5-1 to the Los Angeles Angels. Milwaukee started Marco Estrada who went five innings and gave up two runs, two hits and walked three while striking out four. Estrada ultimately got the loss and fell to 1-1 in Spring Training. Kintzler came into the game later and pitched 1 1/3 innings while giving up one run, two hits and struck out one. Robert Wooten was the last pitcher for the Brewers and gave up two unearned runs, two hits and struck out one.

Offensively, the Brewers only run came in the top of the fourth inning when Aramis Ramirez doubled and scored Jean Segura.

This afternoon the Brewers will have split squads. One team will play home against the Colorado Rockies and the away team will play the San Diego Padres. Rogers will start against the Rockies and Wily Peralta will start against the Padres. Both games begin at 4:05 p.m. EST / 3:05 p.m. CST.

Topics: Milwaukee Brewers

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  • Aaron Somers

    Olmsted has an interesting and could be a guy to keep an eye on when the team inevitably needs a fresh arm for the bullpen mid-season. He’s never topped 60 IP in a season, however, so there’s going to have to be some caution with his workload this year to keep in mind.

    • ThatOneMLBGuy

      Definitely. He’s basically what the Brewers had in Tyler Thornburg last year (bringing someone up in an emergency role), though he’s finding success easier. Whether or not he’s an eventual call up this season is tough to say, but it’s very interesting like you said. He probably won’t be called up unless there’s a major meltdown/the entire pitching staff gets injured, or until September, but we’ll see.