Red Patterson to make MLB debut on Thursday

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ESPN’s Keith Law reports that the Dodgers are planning to call up 26-year-old right-hander Red Patterson from Triple-A Albuquerque to start the second half of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Twins — a makeup for Tuesday’s rainout at Target Field. It will be Patterson’s major league debut.

Patterson has posted a 3.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 432 strikeouts in 440 minor league innings since being selected by the Dodgers in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He went to Sydney with the Dodgers in March and made an appearance in the club’s exhibition game against Team Australia.

Dan Haren will start the first game Thursday, with the other members of the Los Angeles rotation remaining on their regular pitching schedules. Patterson will likely be sent back to Albuquerque on Thursday night.

Brewers promote David Stearns from GM to president of baseball operations

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It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”

Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.

Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.

The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.