PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers made a series of roster moves on Saturday morning, starting with placing Eric Thames and Junior Guerra on the 10-day disabled list.Thames exited Friday night's game against the Pirates in the third inning with right hamstring tightness. He said after the game that the issue initially
PITTSBURGH -- The Brewers made a series of roster moves on Saturday morning, starting with placing Eric Thames and Junior Guerra on the 10-day disabled list.
Thames exited Friday night's game against the Pirates in the third inning with right hamstring tightness. He said after the game that the issue initially occurred on Thursday, but he thought he could play through it. He felt it more when he tried to run during the game on Friday, however, and realized he wouldn't able to go for at least a few days.
"He's not available to play these two days," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He can't run right now. We'll see. Hopefully Eric, after these two days and the four days over the break, is doing well."
Counsell said they will re-evaluate Thames' status in Los Angeles next Thursday to estimate a timetable for his return.
Guerra started for the Brewers on Friday, and he appeared to have very little command of his pitches as he allowed a season-high six runs over four innings. Counsell said Saturday that Guerra dealt with a right forearm issue before his previous start, but it seemed to resolve itself as the week progressed before affecting the right-hander once again.
"He's at less than full strength right now," Counsell said. "We're going to have to give him a break. And I think it's the cautious thing to do, but I think it's the right thing to do."
Milwaukee subsequently reinstated left-hander Brent Suter from the 10-day DL to start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader with the Pirates, and it recalled Nate Orf from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Orf pinch-hit in the top of the ninth inning in Game 1 on Saturday, but he grounded into a forceout. The Brewers lost, 2-1.
Wilkerson tabbed as 26th man
The Brewers were allotted a 26th man for Saturday's scheduled doubleheader with the Pirates, and they elected to add right-hander Aaron Wilkerson.
Wilkerson's last outing with the Major League club came on July 7, when he surrendered a pair of runs over five innings against the Braves and earned a loss. His addition will bolster the bullpen as the Brewers play games 19 and 20 over a 19-day stretch on Saturday.
"We've got 10 guys in the bullpen right now," Counsell said. "[Brandon Woodruff] is not going to pitch, so we've got nine able arms today. We're in good shape down in the bullpen."
Mason Wittner is a reporter for MLB.com.