Brewers cut ties with disappointing reliever David Riske

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From the Brewers’ official Twitter feed comes word that the organization has released right-handed reliever David Riske.

The 33-year-old Riske opened the 2010 season on the disabled list due to Tommy John surgery and has posted an ugly 5.01 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 23-plus innings since his June activation. 

Maybe teams will take a hint from this situation and realize that it’s rarely wise to lock up middle relievers to long-term contracts.

Riske signed a big three-year, $13 million deal with Milwaukee back in December of 2007 after compiling a 2.45 ERA and 1.26 WHIP over 65 relief appearances for the ’07 Royals.  That deal fell flat immediately when the right-hander allowed 47 hits and 25 earned runs in 42.1 innings for the Brewers in 2008.  Soon after that season he underwent reconstructive surgery on his elbow.  And now he’s without a job.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.