The Brewers bullpen shuffle continued on Friday as the team announced that they had recalled left-hander Brent Suter from Triple-A Colorado Springs to add additional help in their depleted bullpen. To make room for Suter on the 25-man roster, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment.
Suter’s promotion marks his second stint with the Brewers already this season. Originally optioned to Colorado Springs in late March, Suter came up to join Milwaukee following an injury to Junior Guerra suffered on Opening Day. He made three relief appearances, allowing four runs in 3.1 innings of work before being sent back to Colorado Springs on April 9th. Suter made one start for the Sky Sox, tossing five scoreless innings at Nashville on April 15th and was slated to start last night’s game before it was postponed due to rain.
Nieuwenhuis, 29, was off to a brutal start to the season, hitting .080 and managing just two his in his first 25 at-bats. His departure leaves Milwaukee a bit short-handed in the outfield with Hernan Perez and Nick Franklin serving as the primary backups to Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton and Domingo Santana. First baseman Eric Thames has also seen some time in the outfield this season, but of that group, only Broxton is thought of as a true center field option.
The move could ultimately pave the way for one of Milwaukee’s young outfield prospects, such as Lewis Brinson or Brett Phillips, who are both off to hot starts at Triple-A, once the Brewers feel they are ready for a promotion, though that is likely still weeks away at best.