When Marco Estrada threw three innings of relief on Wednesday, it was pretty clear he wasn’t going to be the guy to take Matt Garza’s vacant spot in the Milwaukee Brewers starting rotation on Saturday.
Garza was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained left oblique and when the Brewers recalled right-hander Rob Wooten from Triple-A Nashville to take his roster spot, it was apparent that more moves were coming.
Fiers’ last major-league start was on June 2, 2013. He gave up seven runs, five earned, in 1.2 innings in a loss at Philadelphia and was sent to the minors.
He was up briefly for the Brewers in June, making four relief appearances from June 10-24. He took the loss in a 4-2, 16-inning loss to the Washington Nationals on June 24 and was sent back to Nashville.
Fiers was 9-10 in 22 starts in 2012, with a 3.74 ERA and 1.261 WHIP in 127.2 innings (he also made one relief appearance) and struck out 135 batters.
But he struggled to regain his form in 2013, getting lit up for a 7.25 ERA and 1.522 WHIP in 22.1 innings over 11 appearances, three of them starts. He struck out 15.
In seven innings this season, Fiers has allowed two runs on six hits with five Ks.
However, he has been very good for the Sounds. He’s 8-5 with a 2.55 ERA and 0.948 WHIP in 17 starts and 102.1 innings, fanning 129.
Fiers was phenomenal for a stretch of eight starts from June 24-Aug. 7, 2012, going 4-2 with a 1.00 ERA and 0.926 WHIP in 54 innings while striking out 56.
But he faded badly down the stretch and never seemed to regain his rhythm in 2013.
Fiers will be just the seventh pitcher to start a game for the Brewers this season. Jimmy Nelson made a start on May 25 when Yovani Gallardo had to skip an appearance because of a sprained ankle and then became a regular in the rotation before the All-Star break when Estrada was demoted to the bullpen.