Right-hander Rob Wooten’s latest stay in the major leagues wasn’t a long one—four days, in fact.
Wooten was optioned to Triple-A Nashville after the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night so the Brewers could recall right-hander Mike Fiers, who will start Saturday night’s game against former Brewer Zach Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In three stints with Milwaukee this season, Wooten has a 4.59 ERA and 1.410 WHIP in 39 relief appearances covering 33.1 innings, with 29 strikeouts.
Fiers was up for two weeks in June, working out of the bullpen. In four appearances, Fiers had a 2.57 ERA and 1.286 WHIP in seven innings, striking out five.
Fiers is working in place of Matt Garza, who went on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with an oblique injury.
After going 9-10 as a starter during his rookie season in 2012, Fiers ran into trouble last season and was sent down to the minors after recording a 7.25 ERA and 1.522 WHIP in 22.1 innings.
In 17 starts in Triple-A, Fiers is 8-5 with a 2.55 ERA and 0.948 WHIP in 102.1 innings, with 129 strikeouts.
This will be Fiers’ first start in the majors since he allowed all seven runs—five earned-in a 7-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on June 2, 2013. Fiers pitched just 1.2 innings in that contest.
Fiers, 29, was a 22nd-round pick of the Brewers in the 2009 first-year player draft out of Nova Southeastern University in Florida. He made his big-league debut in September 2011.
Wooten, also 29, was taken in the 13th round by Milwaukee in 2008 out of the University of North Carolina. He debuted at the major-league level in July 2013.