Mike Fiers Called Up to Start for Matt Garza, Rob Wooten to AAA


Jun 2, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Mike Fiers (64) reacts after allowing four runs in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Fiers will be returning to the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation for the first time since June 2, 2013.

Fiers was recalled from AAA Nashville after Friday’s 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers to fill the rotation slot vacated when Matt Garza went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique.

Fiers struggled with the Brewers in 2013, to the tune of a 7.25 ERA in just 22 1/3 innings of work. He has been much better in Nashville this year, with an 8-5 record and 2.55 ERA (2.86 FIP) in 102.1 innings of work over 17 starts.

Fiers is striking out 11.35 batters per nine innings and walking just 1.50.  He’s not a powerful pitcher but he’s deceptive.

In 2012 for Milwaukee, Fiers made 22 starts and had one relief appearance. He had a 3.74 ERA (3.09 FIP) for Milwaukee that season.

Wooten only made two appearances for the Brewers since being recalled from Nashville on Sunday after the Garza injury.

Garza signed a 4-year, $50 million contract with the Brewers in the off-season to help bolster the rotation. When he went down he was 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA (3.53 FIP).

Over his last three starts before his injury, Garza had allowed just two runs and eight hits in 21 innings of work.