Gonzalez to start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Houser back to the pen

Gio Gonzalez is coming back to the Milwaukee Brewers after finishing his minor league rehab outings. He will get the start Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Adrian Houser will go back to the bullpen.

Gonzalez has been on the injured list since June 1st with arm fatigue. Before landing on the IL, Gonzalez was solid in the starting rotation. In his six starts this season, he pitched over 31 innings posting a 3.19 ERA.

Adrian Houser made four starts during Gonzalez’s absence. He threw a total of 17 innings compiling a 7.94 ERA. The Brewers hope his return to the bullpen will also mean his return to dominance. Over 24 1/3 relief innings from May 10 to June 22, Houser held a 1.11 ERA and was an arm they could count on out of the pen.

With the return of Gonzalez to the rotation and the bullpen welcoming back Houser, Milwaukee should get more stability from their pitchers.

Brewers activate Pina, place Gonzalez on IL

The Milwaukee Brewers made a few roster moves on Saturday, activating catcher Manny Pina off the 10-day injured list and placing starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez on IL.

Manager Craig Counsell described the injury to Gonzalez as “dead arm.” Zach Davies will start in Gonzalez’s place against the Pirates Sunday.

Gonzalez has been a bright spot in the starting staff since joining the team in late April. He’s posted a 2-1 record, 3.19 ERA and 7.5 K/9 in 31 innings (six starts).

Pina has been out with a hamstring injury since May 15. In his 23 games with the Brewers, he’s batting .133/.220/.244.

The Brewers beat is speculating how the roster may look moving forward.

Brewers officially sign Gio Gonzalez

The Milwaukee Brewers made the signing of left-hander Gio Gonzalez official Saturday morning. It was reported earlier in the week but is now official.

Gonzalez may pitch as early as Sunday. The Brewers listed “TBA” as their starter for the series finale against the Mets in New York.

At 33 years old, Gonzalez has showed signs of father-time catching up to him, but he has been terrific against the Mets throughout his career. He is 15-6 with a 2.83 earned run average in 26 starts against the Mets, and 11-2, 1.75 in 17 games at Citi Field.

The Brewers will be hoping Gonzalez can bring some stability to a starting rotation that ranks last in ERA (5.77) the National League. He pitched well for Milwaukee last season when they acquired him from the Washington Nationals on Aug. 31.

Gonzalez will earn $2 million in base salary and up to $2 million more in incentives.

Brewers busy on final day of waiver deadline

The Milwaukee Brewers were busy prior to the non-waiver trade deadline at the end of July, and they were once again busy at the end of August.

Milwaukee bolstered both the pitching rotation and the outfield situation with the acquisition of starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez and outfielder Curtis Granderson.

In the Gonzalez deal, which has been confirmed by the team, Milwaukee sends prospects Gilbert Lara and K.J. Harrison to the Washington Nationals. Milwaukee also receives $250,000 in international slot money in the deal.

The terms of the Granderson deal, which was first reported by The Athletic, sends minor league outfielder Demi Orimoyole back to Toronto.

On the season Gonzalez has a 7-11 record with a 4.57 ERA for the Nationals. The left-hander has had better seasons, but does bring depth and postseason experience to the Milwaukee rotation. In his career he has made six postseason starts without a decision and holds a 4.78 ERA.

Granderson has hit .243 with 11 home runs and 35 runs batted in for the Toronto Blue Jays this season. He, like Gonzalez, has postseason experience for the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, and Dodgers in his career. The 37-year-old has played in 57 playoff games in his career.