MILWAUKEE -- New Brewers reliever Tyler Webb described his season so far as a "whirlwind," but the left-hander is looking forward to a change of scenery in Milwaukee."All I know really other than one Spring Training is the Yankees," Webb said. "Everybody has different opinions, and you can always learn
MILWAUKEE -- New Brewers reliever Tyler Webb described his season so far as a "whirlwind," but the left-hander is looking forward to a change of scenery in Milwaukee.
"All I know really other than one Spring Training is the Yankees," Webb said. "Everybody has different opinions, and you can always learn something new. So there's a new group of people to learn from [here], and I think it will be a good thing."
Webb was boarding his flight to Boston on Thursday to join the Yankees after the All-Star break when he received a call from New York's general manager Brian Cashman, who told him to rework his travel plans. He was traded to the Brewers in exchange for first baseman Garrett Cooper, who was with Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Webb will take the bullpen spot of right-hander Michael Blazek, who was optioned to Colorado Springs.
The 6-foot reliever was acquired by Pittsburgh in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft, but he was returned to New York on April 1. He now joins a Brewers team that is first-place in the National League Central to start the second half of the season.
"You always want to be on a team that's playing well and in first place," Webb said. "It's great. I just hope to contribute, and hopefully it keeps going."
Over two stints in the Majors this season, Webb has a 4.50 ERA in seven appearances. He made two appearances against the Brewers in their series at Yankee Stadium last weekend.
"It wasn't like we were scouting him before and had a Eureka moment. Names get talked about. I was hoping we scored runs off him. I was hoping he didn't look good," Brewers manager Craig Counsell joked.
Counsell added that Webb is another left-handed option who can pitch multiple innings for the Brewers out of the bullpen.
"It's versatility. It's depth. It's another kind of thing that kind of makes us another well-rounded team I think," Counsell said.
Cooper to Yanks
While Webb met his new Brewers teammates, Cooper was set to do the same with the Yankees in Boston. New York hopes he can help fill a void at first base.
"I'm so happy for that guy," said Brewers outfielder Brett Phillips, who spent most of this season with Cooper at Triple-A Colorado Springs. "He's been unconscious. I've never seen anyone hit as well as he has to this point in the season."
What made the difference for Cooper, who had never reached double-digit home runs in four previous Minor League seasons? Phillips said he always hit breaking balls well, but this season, he learned to punish fastballs to all fields. The result was 17 home runs, 82 RBIs and a 1.080 OPS in 75 games.
"I love when guys get opportunities," Counsell said. "That he is going to the big leagues, good for him. I'm happy for him. You know, he's never been on anybody's prospect list, so it's a credit to him. Those are the players who have to perform, perform, perform. And he's done that, so good for him."
Slow progress for Sogard
Eric Sogard will not be ready to return from a sprained left ankle when his stint on the 10-day disabled list expires Saturday, though he said he was making steady progress. Sogard fielded grounders and took batting practice Friday afternoon, but he still must pass some tests on the basepaths.
"Getting there. We're moving in the right direction," Sogard said.
*Carson Mason * is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.