After yesterday’s beatdown in Cincinnati, the Brewers placed left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis and recalled right-hander Mike Fiers from High-A Brevard County.
Gorzelanny has been used heavily out of the bullpen thus far in 2013. He’s appeared in 18 of the Brewers’ first 34 games, as he became the de facto eighth-inning option once Jim Henderson moved to the closer’s role due to John Axford’s struggles.
Interestingly, though, Gorzelanny hadn’t shown any velocity troubles prior to landing on the disabled list. His velocity had varied from outing-to-outing, but he hadn’t seen a steady decline in recent appearances that would lead one to believe he’s been dealing with shoulder issues.
To replace Gorzelanny in the bullpen, the Brewers recalled right-hander Mike Fiers. He will bring length to the bullpen and also give the Brewers another option in the starting rotation, should Hiram Burgos not bounce back from his start on Saturday.
In his most-recent start down in the minors, Fiers went six innings and gave up four earned runs. However, he did strikeout eight and walk no one, so it could be a sign that his shaky command this spring is starting to tighten up.
HUNTER MORRIS TO DL
In other news, minor-league first baseman Hunter Morris has been placed on the 7-day disabled list. According to this information from Brewerfan.net, it sounds like Morris suffered a collision at first base and is dealing with a head injury — a concussion.
Morris had been struggling this season through his first 32 games, hitting only .220/.303/.390 with four home runs. His slow start has quieted many fans who wanted him to start the season as the Brewers’ starting first basemen while Corey Hart rehabbed his knee on the 60-day disabled list. In fact, his start has only enhanced the question marks that surrounded him as a prospect.
He had collected at least one hit in 10 of his last 12 games, and his walk rate had started to improve, as he had walked five times in the six games prior to his injury.