The Brewers made a swap of relievers before Sunday’s game, sending down a young bullpen arm who largely struggled in his three appearances.
With the Brewers offense being as inconsistent as it has this season, it has taken an impressive effort by the pitching staff to keep the team competitive. And until the offense actually becomes consistent, that means a short leash for poorly performing pitchers.
Angel Perdomo found that out the hard way on Sunday. After his third straight outing giving up earned runs in as many appearances to begin his major league career, he was optioned back to the alternate training site in Appleton.
Returning to the club is J.P. Feyereisen, who made his own major league debut on Opening Day against the Cubs earlier this year. He’ll look to bring some more stability to a bullpen that has mostly performed well in 2020.
Perdomo struggles for Brewers in first crack at the bigs
Perdomo was called up ten days ago along with Drew Rasmussen and made his debut on the 18th against the Twins at Target Field. He struggled with his command, throwing just 9 of 20 pitches for strikes and walking two, but escaped his inning by giving up just one earned run.
Things escalated from there, however. He would give up two earned runs and three walks, though he did strike out the side, in an inning of work last Thursday. He then increased to three earned runs yesterday while walking a pair and only recording two outs. Perdomo’s ERA sits at 20.25 for the season.
Perdomo was a bit of a surprise to the Brewers’ 40-man roster late last year after hitting Triple-A for the first time in 2019, though a strong performance in Spring Training opened some eyes around the club. His first shot at the majors, though, proved that he might still need a little seasoning.
Feyereisen back for second run with Brewers
Fans of homegrown players surely rejoiced as Feyereisen ended up being the pitcher to replace Perdomo on the active roster. The 27-year-old righty, who famously is one of the few Wisconsin-born players to appear in a game for the Brewers, returned to the team prior to Sunday’s matchup.
Feyereisen made enough of a positive impression during Summer Camp to make Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster and then was called to duty in a close Opening Day matchup against the Cubs. While he did give up a homer, he retired the other three batters he faced, striking out one.
That would be the only game he would pitch in as he got optioned to the alternate training site when active rosters shrank from 30 to 28. He figured to still play into the team’s plans at some point this season, though, and Sunday’s transaction proved that theory correct.
Recent moves by the Brewers have shown that there is now little margin for error when fringe roster candidates underperform. As the season grows shorter, even regular players could suffer similar fates.