Michael Kirkman

Brewers sign left-hander Michael Kirkman

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Milwaukee has signed left-hander Michael Kirkman, who was released by Texas at the end of spring training.

It’s a minor-league contract, so he’ll head to Triple-A and try to show that he’s healthy after dealing with shoulder problems all spring.

Kirkman throws hard and has 103 strikeouts in 107 innings as a big leaguer, so if healthy the 28-year-old can be an effective middle relief option despite shaky control.