Left-hander Tom Gorzelanny is coming back from the Disabled List for the first time in 2014 and will rejoin the Brewers today when they play host to the Cincinnati Reds.
The move led to a shake up of the bench. Logan Schafer and Irving Falu are going back to AAA Nashville, and Elian Herrara is coming back to Milwaukee for his third separate stint this season.
Gorzelanny’s last appearance was Sept. 2, when he left with shoulder discomfort and needed off-season surgery to repair his labrum and rotator cuff.
In 2013 Gorzelanny made 43 appearances for the Brewers, including 10 starts. He threw 85 1/2 innings, and finished with a 3.90 ERA and 3-6 record.
He’s much better out of the bullpen than the rotation. As a starter in 2013 he had a 4.81 ERA in 48 2/3 innings, with opponents hitting .283. As a reliever he had a 2.70 ERA in 36 2/3 innings and opposing hitters, mostly left-handed, hit just .168.
Schafer is going back to Nashville, and has seen very little playing time lately, mostly a pinch-hitter. Schafer is hitting just .190/.281/.291, good for an OPS+ of 59.
Going with Schafer is Falu. Falu is hitless in 12 plate appearances for Milwaukee this season with very limited playing time.
Herrara is coming back to Milwaukee with Gorzelanny. Herrera is hitting .226/.241/.264 for the Brewers this season in 24 games. For Nashville however, he’s hitting .333/.375/.455. Look for his future MLB production to be somewhere between those two slash lines.
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