ESPINO RETURNS AS BLAZEK SENT DOWN

By: Seth Williams | Miller Park Prospects

The juggling of the Brewers pitching staff continued today as yesterday’s starting pitcher Michael Blazek was optioned to AAA Colorado Springs, with Paolo Espino once again returning to Milwaukee to take his place in the Milwaukee bullpen.

Blazek, who had looked solid in relief at Colorado Springs, made the start for the Brewers on Thursday and was lit up by an explosive Washington Nationals offense.  Blazek allowed eight runs, including six home runs, in just 2.1 innings of work, as his ERA with the Brewers ballooned to 8.31 over his five game stint there.

It could have just as easily been Wily Peralta who was shown the door, after he too got rocked by the Nats, but Blazek had an option  remaining while Peralta did not.  Still, the leash has to be wearing very thin for Peralta, who continues to struggle to find a role.

Espino, a 30-year-old from Panama, has experience as both a starter and a reliever and made his MLB debut with the Brewers earlier this season.  This will be his fourth stint with Milwaukee, where he has posted a 6.11 ERA in 17.2 innings of work, and for the time being at least, Espino is expected to work out of the Brewers bullpen.