Tom Gorzelanny (32) hasn't pitched in a big-league game since last September, but he's available tonight against the Cincinnati Reds after being activated from the disabled list. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers Make Flurry Of Roster Moves

With the return from the disabled list of left-hander Tom Gorzelanny, the Milwaukee Brewers shook up their 25-man roster on Saturday.

Outfielder Logan Schafer and utility man Irving Falu were optioned to Triple-A Nashville and utility man Elian Herrera was recalled from the Sounds for his third stint with the Crew this season.

Gorzelanny was activated from the DL for the first time this season and will be available to pitch Saturday night when Milwaukee hosts the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park for the second of three games between the teams this weekend.

Gorzelanny, 31, last pitched in the majors last Sept. 2, when he threw two pitches to one batter against the Pittsburgh Pirates and came out with shoulder discomfort.

He had surgery to repair tears to the labrum and rotator cuff in December and had been on a rehab assignment since May 14.

He began his rehab with three outings at High-A Brevard County, throwing six innings and allowing one run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. In seven games, including two short starts, at Nashville, Gorzelanny worked 9.2 innings and surrendered just a run on eight hits, walking one and fanning seven.

Last year with the Brewers, Gorzelanny was 3-6 with a 3.90 ERA and 1.266 WHIP in 43 appearances, 10 starts, covering 85.1 innings, striking out 83 and serving up 11 home runs.

But he was very effective out of the bullpen, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.091 WHIP in 33 relief appearances covering 36.2 innings, striking out 35 and surrendering four home runs.

Gorzelanny gives Milwaukee a fourth left-handed option in the pen along with Will Smith, Zack Duke and Rule 5 draftee Wei-Chung Wang.

But that also shortens the Brewer bench, leading to the recall of Herrera, who has started games at all three outfield positions this year and made six appearances at third base. He’s also started games at the big league level at second and third and has played shortstop a couple of times when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Schafer was hitting .190/.281/.291 in 92 plate appearances with eight doubles, six RBI and 18 strikeouts. Falu had gone 0-for-10 since being recalled from Nashville, reaching base once via a walk.

Herrera is hitting .226/.241/.264 in 55 plate appearances in the bigs this season, with two doubles and 21 strikeouts.

Tags: Elian Herrera Irving Falu Logan Schafer Milwaukee Brewers Tom Gorzelanny

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