Jeremy Jeffress set to return to Brewers

Veteran reliever Jeremy Jeffress is ready to return to the Brewers. He opened the season on the injured list after suffering shoulder weakness during Spring Training. Jeffress made four appearances in his minor-league stint with Class AAA San Antonio. In just over four innings, he allowed seven runs on nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts.

Manager Craig Counsell spoke about Jeffress on Sunday.

“He’s going to Milwaukee. He’ll be with us tomorrow. We’re going to meet before the game (against St. Louis) and discuss some pitching things. We’ll make a decision tomorrow. It’ll either be Monday or Tuesday (when Jeffress is activated).”

The bullpen started the 2019 season down a few key cogs. Jeffress, Corey Knebel and Josh Hader were all big contributors to Milwaukee’s run last year. However, this season the Brewers will be without Knebel. The return of Jeffress is huge for Milwaukee, especially if he can mirror his all-star season of 2018.

The 31-year old made a career high 73 appearances last year. He went 8-1 with a 1.29 ERA, 15 saves and 89 strikeouts.

Brewers can’t complete sweep, fall 7-1 to Dodgers

The Brewers were hoping for better results Sunday against the Dodgers but couldn’t get anything going. Milwaukee fell to Los Angeles 7-1,

Jhoulys Chacín got roughed up in his third start of the season. He couldn’t make it through the third inning, giving up six runs on six hits and walking three. In his last regular season start at Dodger Stadium on Aug. 2, Chacin was rocked for nine runs, including three homers.

Chacin talked about what went wrong for him.

My slider wasn’t working today. Not for lefties or for righties. I just couldn’t command it. Those guys hit a lot of homers, but they also take a lot of walks, too. You have to throw strikes and make good pitches.

The Dodgers’ pitching was fantastic. In what was supposed to be more of a ‘bullpen day’ Ross Stripling exceeded expectations. He went eight innings, gave up only one run on four hits and walked one.

Milwaukee ended their road-trip with a 2-4 record. They were swept by the Angels but were able to take two of three from the Dodgers.

Next up, the Brewers (10-6) return to Miller Park to begin a three-game set with the St. Louis Cardinals (9-6) on Monday. Freddy Peralta (1|06.91 ERA19 SO) will get the start for Milwaukee. The Cardinals will counter with Dakota Hudson (0|12.79 ERA, 10 SO). First pitch is scheduled for 6:40pm.

Brewers recall Jake Petricka, option Taylor Williams

The Brewers made their first roster move of the 2019 season. They recalled reliever Jake Petricka and optioned reliever Taylor Williams to Class AAA San Antonio.

Williams has struggled early on in 2019. He’s allowed five runs on six hits, walking three in just over four innings of work. Manager Craig Counsell shared his thoughts on the move Sunday.

I really think Taylor’s capable of getting it going and being a staple here, but he had struggled in his first couple outings. We’ve got to get his fastball command going good again, and I’m confident he’ll be back and pitching well.

Milwaukee signed the 30-year-old Petricka in the offseason. He has posted a 3.98 ERA over the last six seasons.

Brewers, Alex Wilson finalize $750,000, one-year deal

The Milwaukee Brewers have finalized a $750,000, one-year contract with reliever Alex Wilson. The deal includes $825,000 in performance bonuses.

In six major league seasons, the 32-year-old right-hander has a 3.23 ERA.

It’s a concerning time for the Brewers’ bullpen as two of their top relievers are dealing with injuries. Corey Knebel is out indefinitely with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’s expected to join Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) on the injured list to open the season.

“It just means somebody else is going to step up, and there’s plenty of arms in here to do it,” Wilson said. “A lot of times, guys just need an opportunity.”

Wilson made his spring training debut for the Brewers on Monday.

Brewers announce rotation order, Peralta gets game two

Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell already announced the starting rotation on Thursday. We knew they were giving the young arms a chance early on, but we didn’t know the order they would pitch. We do now.

The 22-year-old Peralta will get the ball in game two against St. Louis. He showed a lot of promise last season posting a 4.25 ERA and averaged 11 strikeouts per nine innings in 16 appearances (14 starts).

Game three will go to Woodruff, who may be the most consistent of the young arms. The 26-year old right-hander has posted a 4.22 ERA in 85.1 innings over 27 appearances (12 starts) since debuting in 2017.

Burnes has the highest ceiling of them all and will make his first career start in game four. He looked like a right-handed version of Josh Hader last season. Burnes tallied a 2.61 ERA across 30 appearances and 38.0 innings after getting called up for the first time in July.

It’s an exciting time to be a Brewers fan and the starting rotation has the potential to be really good in 2019. There are a few unknowns with the inexperience of the unit, but there is plenty of potential.

Counsell has named Brewers’ starting rotation

The time has come for the young arms of the Milwaukee Brewers to showcase their talents. It was already known that Jhoulys Chacin would get the start on opening day. But, the other four spots were a mystery.

On Thursday, manager Craig Counsell told reporters what the rotation would look like.

Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes will all make the rotation. Zach Davies will serve as the team’s fifth starter.

“It’s time for those young guys to start,” Counsell said. I think most people would agree with Counsell. I don’t believe the Brewers could start the season off with a better starting five at this point.

All three of the young pitchers have a high ceiling and could reach their potential as early as 2019.

Counsell said Chase Anderson will get starts during the season.

If last season taught us anything, we will see a plethora of different starters for Milwaukee this year. Jimmy Nelsons should be expected to return to the rotation when healed. However, it is encouraging to see Counsell have the confidence in his young guns.

Brewers’ Corey Knebel has elbow issue

According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Brewers’ manager Craig Counsell says there’s “reason for concern” with Corey Knebel’s elbow.

Knebel has been dealing with an issue and will visit a doctor on Thursday. Jeremy Jeffress is already dealing with a shoulder injury. Josh Hader could be the go-to closer early on in 2019.

Milwaukee has been in discussions with free agent closer Craig Kimbrel in recent days.

The Brewers’ bullpen was one of the best in the league last year but could be entering this season short two arms.

The Brewers spoof ‘Mean Girls’

The Brewers continue to show why they are one of the coolest teams in the league. They previously created the “Sandlot” parody and now gave their take on the movie “Mean Girls.”

This is just another example of the great team chemistry the Brewers possess. They all get along with each-other and enjoy having fun together.

The video starred manager Craig Counsell, newcomer Yasmani Grandal and pitchers Brent Suter, Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress.

Brewers option Adrian Houser and Jacob Nottingham

The start of the MLB season is almost here. The Milwaukee Brewers made some roster moves with only about a week to go before opening day.

Right-hander Adrian Houser and catcher Jacob Nottingham were optioned to minor-league camp. Also, right-handers Miguel Sanchez and Burch Smith and infielder Jake Hager were reassigned to minor-league camp.

Houser is expected to make an impact on the major league roster this season. He had a solid spring training going 1-0 with a 2.16 earned run average in seven appearances (8 1/3 innings) with seven strikeouts in Cactus League play.

Manager Craig Counsell indicated that Houser will bounce back and forth between the minors and majors this season. Houser is a versatile pitcher who could see time as a starter and reliever.

I think if you look at seasons like Brent Suter, like Brandon Woodruff, that’s likely to be what Adrian’s season is going to look like.

Nottingham is unlikely to see significant time in the major leagues this season with the addition of Yasmani Grandal. That could be a blessing in disguise for the 23-year old catcher as he should get a full season as the starter in Triple-A. This could give him a big boost coming into the 2020 season.

Jimmy Nelson to pitch in a game for the first time since shoulder surgery

Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Jimmy Nelson hasn’t pitched in a game since injuring his right shoulder Sept. 8, 2017 in a game against the Chicago Cubs. He is now on track to return to the mound.

Manager Craig Counsell said on Friday that Nelson will throw an inning on Monday against the Chicago White Sox.

Nelson made an appearance in a simulated game on Thursday. Counsell thinks everything is going well.

We changed the conversation yesterday to pitch execution (from health, etc.). I think that is a real sign that we’re going in the right direction. Now, it’s pitch, learn from it, build up, be sore like you’re supposed to be sore, those kinds of things.

If Nelson can get back to be the pitcher he was in 2017 (12-6, 3.49 ERA) the Brewers will be in really good shape going forward.