The Milwaukee Brewers are adding a 2021 All-Star to the active roster this week. In this case, however, it’s not someone they’re acquiring at the MLB trade deadline.
Starting pitcher Freddy Peralta has been on the shelf since the end of May with a strained lat muscle. After starting on the 15-day injured list, the injury was serious enough that it eventually saw him transferred to the 60-day IL in mid-June.
At first, it sounded like the best-case scenario was a Peralta return happening in either late August or early September. But then some good news came out that the right-hander was throwing off a mound roughly a week before the All-Star game. A few weeks later, he was in Triple-A Nashville making rehab starts.
Peralta has made two such starts with Nashville while rehabbing with a trio of other Brewers relievers. Both went relatively well with his most recent start on Friday seeing him reach 52 pitches during the outing. Apparently, that was all Milwaukee needed to see.
Brewers starting pitcher Freddy Peralta will be rejoining the team during their next series on the road in Pittsburgh.
The newest bit of good news surrounding Peralta was revealed by Adam McCalvy, Brewers beat writer for MLB.com. The news helped soften the blow of the following game a little bit, one that saw the Crew snap a four-game win streak with a 7-2 loss to the Red Sox.
We only know, though, when Peralta will be physically back with the team. As McCalvy notes, there is no plan as to when Freddy will be in a game for the team again, or for that matter when he will be activated.
We also don’t know in what capacity Peralta will be pitching for the Brewers upon his return. Milwaukee will be rolling out their ace, Corbin Burnes, in their first game against the Pirates on Tuesday after their current No. 4 starter, Aaron Ashby, went against the Red Sox earlier today.
But after tomorrow’s off day, the Brewers won’t get another one until the following Monday, thus they will need a fifth starter by Saturday’s game at home against the Reds. It’s possible that Peralta is activated to start that day. That wouldn’t have left much more time to get a start at Triple-A, which is probably why Milwaukee had him just rejoin the team in Pittsburgh.
Whenever he is ready, the Brewers can use him. Fill-in starter Jason Alexander is back in the minors and while top pitching prospect Ethan Small has made a couple starts, he didn’t last more than 3 2/3 innings in either of them.
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Roster additions around the MLB trade deadline are always good. They’re even better when it’s a fan favorite, former All-Star taking his place back in the rotation.