Good morning everyone and welcome to the Monday edition of Brewer Daily News. Yesterday the Milwaukee Brewers’ promoted pitcher Donovan Hand to the 25-man roster in place of the injured Jim Henderson. In the second bit of news, the Brewers (19-29) lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates (31-19) yesterday, losing the series.
Hand was promoted to the team in light of Henderson’s hamstring injury and will look to serve as a reliever in the time being. In yesterday’s game, Hand made his major league debut and pitched two innings out of the bullpen while giving up one run, three hits, one walk and struck out three.
“We’ll see how often we’re going to use him,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s pretty durable, so we think we can bring him back [on short rest after an outing] and not have to sit him too long.” – via Brewers.com
In Spring Training, Hand did extremely well, posting an ERA of 1.20 in 15 innings pitched. In Triple-A Nashville this season, Hand was 2-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 appearances. Hand may just pitch out of the bullpen until Henderson’s return, but he gives Roenicke another young option to choose from.
Yesterday afternoon the Brewers lost a close 5-4 game to the Pirates. Yovani Gallardo started for the Brew Crew and did not do well, acquiring his fifth loss of the season. Gallardo only went four innings and gave up four runs, five hits, two walks, but did strike out seven. The bullpen pitched five innings of one-run ball. Wandy Rodriguez was the starter for the Bucs and did well, picking up his fifth win of the season.
The Brewers scored in the 5th inning, already down 4-0, when Ryan Braun hit a bases clearing double that scored Rickie Weeks, Norichika Aoki and Jean Segura. In the 8th inning, Carlos Gomez hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Jeff Bianchi.
This afternoon the Brewers will stay home for a two-game series with the Minnesota Twins at 2:10 p.m. ET / 1:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Wily Peralta for Milwaukee and Kevin Correia for Minnesota.