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News rolled out this morning that after getting roughed up against the Reds in last night’s outing, the Brewers have placed right handed pitcher Jim Henderson on the 15 day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Jim’s velocity has been very bipolar this season. He just didn’t seem to have it working last night, as it was evident as his fastball with in the 92-93 mph range when it is usually 95-96 mph. Henderson was removed from the closer role early in the season my manager Ron Roenicke and hasn’t looked very dominate all season with the exception of an outing or two.
With the move, the Brewers have called up outfielder Caleb Gindl (.284/.352/.421 in Triple-A Nashville). This was the most logical choice as Ryan Braun is still dealing with his oblique injury and Logan Schafer doesn’t come of the disabled list until tomorrow. Elian Herrera had been serving as the team’s backup outfielder for the time being until he was sent down yesterday. Mark Reynolds covered right field last night against the Reds, who has only 4 innings of work out there prior to last night’s game.
To clear up some confusion stemming from this, there is a reason the Brewers did not put Wei-Chung Wang on the disabled list. According the rules of the Rule 5 Draft, you must carry a draft pick on your 25 roster for the entire season. Furthermore, you must have them on the 25 man roster for 90 games before you can put them on the disabled list. This prevents teams from just stashing Rule 5 picks on the disabled list for entire seasons. (Update: I misinterpreted the 90 day rule. A player selected in the Rule 5 draft must spend 90 days on the active roster. This rule can extend into the following season if necessary. So, Wang could have been placed on the DL. Sorry for the confusion.)