The Brewers added one reliever to their bullpen Saturday, subtracted two -- including a key setup man -- and removed an outfielder from the running as the team inched closer to setting its roster for Opening Day.The addition was right-hander Carlos Torres, who signed a one-year Major League contract with
The Brewers added one reliever to their bullpen Saturday, subtracted two -- including a key setup man -- and removed an outfielder from the running as the team inched closer to setting its roster for Opening Day.
The addition was right-hander Carlos Torres, who signed a one-year Major League contract with Milwaukee after spending Spring Training in Braves camp. The subtractions were setup man Corey Knebel, who has placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain, and Tyler Cravy, who was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
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Also on Saturday, the Brewers informed non-roster outfielder Alex Presley he would not make the cut for Opening Day.
Barring another addition from outside the organization, the moves appeared to set the Brewers' bullpen, with out-of-options right-hander Ariel Pena apparently on the team with Torres, plus closer Jeremy Jeffress and Michael Blazek, Tyler Thornburg, Blaine Boyer and Chris Capuano.
The outfield was close to set as well, with Keon Broxton and Kirk Nieuwenhuis still active in camp with three players already on the team: left fielder Ryan Braun, right fielder Domingo Santana and the versatile Ramon Flores.
More outside additions were still a possibility as of Saturday afternoon, however. The deadline for teams to set their 25-man rosters is 11 a.m. CT on Sunday.
The Brewers' bullpen looks much different than expected due to a rash of injuries. Five players who had been in the running for relief spots will begin the season on the disabled list: Left-handers Will Smith and Sean Nolin and right-handers Knebel, Yhonathan Barrios and Rule 5 Draft pick Zack Jones.
Knebel's injury came as a surprise on Saturday. He last pitched on Thursday in Houston, and he was expected to share late-inning duties with Blazek ahead of the closer, Jeffress. Knebel had a 3.22 ERA in 48 appearances last season.
To help cover those losses, the Brewers signed the 33-year-old Torres, who pitched the past three seasons with the Mets and spent this spring in camp with the Braves. He opted out of his Minor League contract with Atlanta on Thursday after eight spring appearances in which he allowed four earned runs on seven hits over nine innings with five walks and six strikeouts.
In 59 games with the Mets last season, Torres posted a 4.68 ERA over 57 2/3 innings with 18 walks and 48 strikeouts. He also has pitched for the White Sox and Rockies over parts of six seasons, with a career ERA of 4.26.
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