The Milwaukee Brewers have had had quite the week in terms of roster transactions. As they approached the Trade Deadline and acquired more players, several players on the big league roster went on the Covid IL, temporarily taking them off the 40 man roster.
In some cases, the outside additions were brought onto the roster with the corresponding move to be putting someone else on the Covid IL.
While that alleviates the roster backload for now and delays decisions on DFAs and such, at some point relatively soon, those players will be coming back off the IL and will need their 40 man spots back.
The Brewers acquired three players in the days leading up to the deadline, and six have gone on Covid IL around the same time, with a seventh, Jace Peterson, going on and coming back off already.
So, when these players come back, as well as the returns of Travis Shaw and Daniel Vogelbach nearing, the Brewers will need to go through some serious roster shuffling and several players will be losing their 40 man spots.
Here are five Brewers players who are likely candidates to lose their 40 man roster status in the coming days.
1. LHP Kyle Lobstein
You can be forgiven for not knowing who Kyle Lobstein is or that he was in the Brewers organization, let alone on the 40 man roster.
Earlier in July, the Brewers claimed Lobstein off waivers from the Washington Nationals and sent him to Triple-A Nashville. The 31 year old lefty had a 20.25 ERA in 1.1 IP with the Nationals this year and last pitched in the big leagues in 2016 prior to his four out stint with Washington this season.
He’s logged plenty of innings in the minor leagues in recent years, but hasn’t achieved much success at the big league level.
Considering the Brewers added Daniel Norris as another lefty and haven’t given Lobstein a call despite the holes opening up in the bullpen in the last week.
Also, in six appearances for Triple-A Nashville, Lobstein has a 7.11 ERA. So he’s not exactly making a great case to stay on the 40 man roster either. When a roster spot is needed, Lobstein will probably be one of the first to go.