Sep 1, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Rob Wooten (right) hands over the ball to manager Ron Roenicke (left) after giving up 3 runs in the 7th inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
The Brewers made a flurry of roster moves on Sunday night after losing in a walk-off to the Washington Nationals.
Rob Wooten, who blew the game against the Nationals in the bottom of the ninth and has been mediocre this season (other than a very good May), was sent down to AAA Nashville.
Jeremy Jeffress was recalled from Nashville to replace Wooton on the roster. Jeffress was Milwaukee’s first round pick in the 2006 draft. He was in the Brewers system until the Zack Greinke trade sent him to Kansas City.
After two seasons with Kansas City he was traded from the Royals to the Blue Jays. In April of this season he was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays and opted for free agency rather than report to the minors.
He signed a minor league deal with the Brewers on April 18th and has been pitching for Nashville ever since. He has a 1.51 ERA and 2.80 FIP for the Sounds in 41 2/3 innings of work this season. He hasn’t allowed a home run, and his last nine appearances were scoreless.
The hard-throwing, right hander is striking out a good number of hitters, 9.72 per nine innings, but he’s still walking 3.89 per nine innings and that could be a sore spot for Milwaukee.
Assistant GM Gord Ash told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, “He still has that plus arm that you can’t find everywhere. So the opportunity to collect a player with this skill set, especially at no acquisition fee, is intriguing to us.”
To make room for Jeffress on the 40-man roster the Brewers moved Jim Henderson to the 60-day disabled list. Henderson is currently in the middle of a minor league rehab stint.
Last we heard Henderson is still set to return “soon,” meaning Milwaukee will have to make another move to clear space for him on the 40-man roster.