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.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that starter Shelby Miller has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow inflammation. Miller will get a second opinion on his elbow on Tuesday, per MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert. Pitcher Silvino Bracho has been called up from Triple-A Reno to take Miller’s spot on the roster.
Miller, 26, left Sunday’s start with what was described at the time as forearm tightness. Through his first four starts, Miller is carrying a 4.09 ERA with a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 innings.
Bracho, 24, has pitched quite well in 6 2/3 innings of relief at Reno. He’s given up just one unearned run on four hits and a walk (intentional) with 12 strikeouts.
Archie Bradley figures to take Miller’s spot in the starting rotation as Bracho will work middle relief.
And John Lackey is livid.
The Brewers’ first baseman homered in each of his first two plate appearances against Reds starter Amir Garrett on Monday evening, helping his team to a 6-1 lead after two frames. The first was a solo blast in the first inning, and the second was a two-run shot to the opposite field in the second inning.
According to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, Thames has tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in April with 10. Carlos Lee also hit 10 homers in April 2006.
Seven of Thames’ 10 home runs have come against the Reds. Including his first two at-bats on Monday night, Thames is hitting .379/.474/.924 with 17 RBI along with the 10 dingers. Not too shabby from a guy the Brewers signed to a three-year, $16 million contract during the offseason.
Lackey and Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio both recently implied Thames is using performance-enhancing drugs, but Thames was tested immediately after last Monday’s game against the Cubs.