With their bullpen used for 10 innings Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday recalled right-handed reliever Alfredo Figaro to get a fresh arm in the ‘pen.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, right-hander Mike Fiers, who took the loss in Milwaukee’s 4-2, 16-inning loss to the Washington Nationals, working four innings, was sent down to Triple-A Nashville.
Of course, how “fresh” Figaro is could be open to interpretation. He worked two innings and threw 22 pitches in the Sounds’ 5-1 loss at Salt Lake Tuesday night.
Figaro was up briefly with the Brewers earlier this season, throwing three innings of relief in a 2-1, 12-inning loss to the San Diego Padres on April 22. He took the loss, allowing a run on two hits while striking out three.
But one of the hits was a leadoff homer to Chase Headley to lead off the top of the 12th.
At Nashville this season, Figaro is 2-1 with a 5.02 ERA and 1.779 WHIP in 19 appearances, including two starts, covering 37.2 innings. He’s struck out 26.
He also split last season between the minors and the big club, making 33 appearances—five of them starts—for the Brewers with a 4.14 ERA and 1.243 WHIP in 74 innings, striking out 54 but giving up 15 home runs.
In addition to Fiers working four innings Tuesday, Zach Duke pitched two frames and Rob Wooten, Will Smith, Francisco Rodriguez and Tom Gorzelanny each tossed one inning. Brandon Kintzler and Wei-Chung Wang (also known as “Dead Roster Spot”) were the only relievers left in the bullpen by game’s end.
Milwaukee is wrapping up a three-game series with the Nationals and opens a four-game set with the Colorado Rockies on Thursday.