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Matt Garza (oblique) has been cleared to rejoin the Brewers' rotation Wednesday versus the Cubs.

Garza, out since August 4 with a left oblique strain, threw all of his pitches in a successful simulated game Friday evening in San Francisco. Jimmy Nelson was optioned to the minors on Saturday afternoon and will return as a reliever when rosters expand, freeing up a rotation spot for Garza.
Aug 30 - 6:00 PM

Brewers optioned RHP Jimmy Nelson to High-A Brevard County.

Nelson will be back next week when rosters expand, but he's probably going to lose his rotation spot to Matt Garza, who is due back soon from the disabled list. The rookie right-hander was 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA in nine starts.
Aug 30 - 5:25 PM

Brewers recalled RHP Alfredo Figaro from Triple-A Nashville.

Figaro will give the Milwaukee bullpen a fresh arm after Friday's 13-2 drubbing in San Francisco. The righty owns a 3.71 ERA in 70 1/3 innings this season at Triple-A.
Aug 30 - 4:50 PM

Wily Peralta was handed his ninth loss with an ugly start against the Giants on Friday, surrendering six runs in only three innings.

The Giants kept piling up the hits, recording nine of them along with a pair of walks over Peralta's three frames. The right-hander only struck out one of the 20 batters he faced. It's his second poor start in a row after he managed to lower his ERA all the way to 3.27. It's now 3.82 and he carries a 1.35 WHIP and a 122/51 K/BB ratio with it. Peralta will make his next start at Wrigley Field against the Cubs on Wednesday.
Aug 30 - 1:45 AM

Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful simulated game on Friday, and was able to use all of his pitches effectively.

The Brewers have been hopeful that he would be able to rejoin the rotation without needing a minor league rehab assignment, and this is a huge step in that direction. With Mike Fiers pitching exceptionally, it's anticipated that he will bump Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen upon his return.
Aug 29 - 8:51 PM

Scooter Gennett hit an RBI double in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Padres.

The Brew Crew's bats were mostly held down by the Padres' pitching staff. Gennett hit a ground rule double off of Padres starter Tyson Ross in the fourth inning to score Jonathan Lucroy, but that would be all the damage the Brewers could manage. It was Gennett's 26th double and 46th RBI. Scooter's been red-hot in August, slashing .354/.360/.479 for the month.
Aug 27 - 1:25 AM

Jimmy Nelson served up four runs -- two earned -- in five innings Tuesday as the Brewers fell to the Padres 4-1.

Nelson surrendered a one-out solo homer to Abraham Almonte in the first inning, and then the Brewers pecked away at him for three runs in the third. With Matt Garza (left oblique strain) nearing a return, it's possible that Nelson will be shipped to the bullpen to make room in the rotation. The rookie right-hander is 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
Aug 27 - 1:21 AM

Matt Garza (oblique) could rejoin the Brewers' rotation without making a rehab start.

It was reported earlier Tuesday that Garza's next step would be to begin a rehab assignment, but apparently it might not be necessary. The Brewers are expected to officially make a decision Wednesday regarding the right-hander's next step, which will either be a rehab start or a simulated game. Either way, he could be activated sometime next week. Jimmy Nelson is likely to be bumped to the bullpen.
Aug 26 - 8:45 PM

Matt Garza's (oblique) next step is to begin a rehab assignment.

It's not clear when or where that rehab assignment will begin, but Garza threw a bullpen session on Sunday and that was apparently enough to convince the Brewers he was ready for game action. The veteran right-hander has been on the shelf since early August with a left oblique strain.
Aug 26 - 8:29 PM

Ryan Braun (quad) is back in the Brewers' starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Padres.

Braun made an early exit from Monday's blowout win after suffering a quad contusion, but not before going 3-for-4 with a homer. It was never a major concern.
Aug 26 - 5:57 PM

Ryan Braun left Monday's win over the Padres early with a quadriceps contusion, but not before going 3-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored.

Braun was lifted for pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra in the seventh inning of the laugher. He was inadvertently tripped by Padres first baseman Jake Goebbert in the first inning while trying to beat out an infield single. Braun said the injury was like having a charley horse above the knee. "I'm OK," he said. "I didn't want to come out; I was OK. Just a little banged up. It was pretty painful knee-to-knee contact. It didn't feel good for me and I know it didn't feel good for him, either. It was kind of one of those fluke plays that happens from time to time." The outfielder is 10-for-26 (.385) with six runs scored during his six-game hitting streak. Braun is slashing a healthy .282/.333/.492 and is on pace for 21 homers and 92 RBI. "Some swelling; kind of feels like I got hit by a pitch," he said after the game. "But hopefully I'll be OK. I was fine; I didn't need to come out of the game."
Aug 26 - 2:47 AM

Aramis Ramirez went 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two runs scored and three RBI in Monday's win over the Padres.

Ramirez is quite simply one of the majors' hottest hitters at the moment. He's 35-for-82 (.427) with six walks in August. The monster month has the third baseman's slash line up to .307/.352/.469. Ramirez also has 14 round-trippers and 61 RBI.
Aug 26 - 2:40 AM

In his return to the rotation, Kyle Lohse fired six innings of one-run ball Monday in a 10-1 win over the Padres.

Outside of an Alexi Amarista triple, the Padres couldn't figure Lohse out. The right-hander, however, was a little wild, walking four. Lohse hadn't started since August 13 due to a sprained right ankle. He went 0-3 with a 6.63 ERA in his four starts prior to that one-outing layoff. Lohse will be in San Francisco on Sunday.
Aug 26 - 2:37 AM

Matt Garza (oblique) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday.

Garza was able to mix in all of his pitches and didn't feel anything in his strained oblique. He's expected to go harder in his next session on Tuesday and looks to be nearing a minor league rehab assignment.
Aug 24 - 6:02 PM

Mike Fiers held the Pirates to two runs on just two hits over seven innings, and the Brewers held on to win 4-3 on Sunday.

One of those two hits allowed was a two-run homer by Starling Marte, but Fiers was otherwise dominant yet again. The right-hander struck out seven while walking just one. In his four starts, Fiers is now 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He's been tremendous all year, including at Triple-A, so it's not entirely surprising that his success has continued. Mixed league owners need to take notice. Fiers will next square off with the Giants in San Francisco on Saturday.
Aug 24 - 5:16 PM


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