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.