10:40 I saw this one coming a mile away.
In a roster move late last night, the Brewers optioned lefty reliever Zach Braddock to Triple-A, again.
Braddock has had the exact opposite of a clean year. If I’ve been counting correctly, this is the third time he’s been sent down this year. The first two times were because of a sleeping disorder and manager Ron Roenicke wanted to make sure he was on track. I don’t think it’s the sleeping issue this time, but Braddock has been struggling a lot. In five appearances in July, Braddock has allowed 10 earned runs in just three innings. That includes his most recent appearance on Thursday, when he gave up four runs without retiring a batter against the Rockies. He also walked two.
In a corresponding move, the Brewers recalled righty reliever Tim Dillard from Triple-A. Dillard has already been with the Brewers for a stint earlier this year, during which he went 1-1 with a 5.00 in 15 games (18 innings of work). Dillard had been doing great right after his callup, but started to fall apart during Interleague play.
Anyway, with Braddock down, the Brewers are once again without a lefty in the bullpen. Roenicke thinks this won’t be a huge issue due to Francisco Rodriguez’s presence, but I hope we go for a reliable lefty reliever before the Trade Deadline.
We do have a few in-house lefties- Daniel Ray Herrera and Mitch Stetter- but Herrera struggled while with the big league club and is in the minors, while Stetter is trying to fight his way back from a hip injury.
Before I go, I just thought I should announce who the probable starters are for tonight. Zack Greinke (7-3, 5.45 ERA) will go for the Crew, and Jhoulys Chacin (8-7, 3.16 ERA) will go for the Rockies. Greinke is 1-1 with a 7.56 ERA in his career against the Rockies. Chacin has never faced the Brewers before.