Milwaukee Brewers call up Alfredo Figaro | Disciples of Uecker

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Alfredo Figaro
The Brewers’ bullpen has been tested early and often, and that was before Sunday’s 14-inning game in Pittsburgh. Needing some fresh relief arms, the Brewers sent Rob Wooten back to Triple-A Nashville and called up Alfredo Figaro.

Figaro returns to the majors after starting the year allowing 5 runs and 14 hits in 9 innings of relief work for the Sounds. He hasn’t pitched since April 18, so unlike everyone else in the Brewers’ bullpen, he’s fully rested and available. When you consider that and his ability to soak up a few innings at a time if needed, and he was probably the ideal guy to come up until Kintzler is eligible to return, even if his performance to this point has been underwhelming.

Figaro posted a 4.14 ERA for the Brewers last season in 33 appearances, including 5 starts. He went multiple innings in 17 of his 28 relief outings last year.

Wooten joined the club after Brandon Kintzler went on the 15-day disabled list last week, and for the most part pitched well. Most of the damage done to his 8.31 ERA happened during Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Pirates, when he surrendered 3 runs on 3 hits and a walk and was only able to record one out. In his other three appearances since getting called up, Wooten allowed just one run over four innings. He threw two scoreless innings in Sunday’s game. He’ll likely be back up in Milwaukee later this year, either due to injury or ineffectiveness.

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  1. daren says: April 21, 2014

    odd choice given his ineffectiveness in Nashville

  2. Okinawan Gorman Hai says: April 22, 2014

    Sophia says Kintzler should be back on Friday, so Figaro fills the bill for 3 days and then goes back down.

  3. Mark Thomas says: April 22, 2014

    Nice move sending down the guy that was pretty instrumental in our win on Sunday (rolls eyes). Is there something that the Brewers staff knows about Wooten that everyone else is missing? If not, this move makes zero sense.

    • Victor says: April 22, 2014

      Who do you suggest the Brewers send down instead of Wooten? They had to demote someone, temporarily or not, to get a fresh reliever on the roster.

  4. dbug says: April 22, 2014

    This is just for the mop-up role. The bullpen is going to burn out quickly at the rate they have been pitching, so there is no need to have the effective arms waste innings. They could all use a few nights off. They really need to come up with some ideas for what to do with Wang. He might be a nice prospect, and if the team wasn’t playing so well it wouldn’t be a big deal, but it’s not worth sacrificing the entire bullpen to hide him for a full year. They have to bite the bullet and make a trade or offer him back to Pitt pretty soon.


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