Veteran left-hander Scott Downs has been released by the Indians after signing a minor-league deal in mid-December.
Downs was long one of the better left-handed setup men in baseball, but showed major signs of decline last season at age 38 while throwing 38 innings with a 4.97 ERA and 25/20 K/BB ratio for the White Sox and Royals.
Southpaw bullpen arms have been bouncing around a lot as Opening Day nears, so Downs may try to latch on somewhere else and perhaps prove he still has some gas left in the tank at Triple-A.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell took “the opener” to new heights in Game 5 of the NLCS on Wednesday evening. Expecting Wade Miley to pitch a sizable portion of the game, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stacked the lineup with right-handed hitters behind leadoff batter Cody Bellinger.
Wade Miley walked Bellinger to start the game. Counsell promptly walked to the mound and called for right-hander Brandon Woodruff, removing Miley from the game after just one batter and five pitches, as was the plan. Woodruff will face almost exclusively right-handers down the Dodgers’ lineup with the exceptions of Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw.
Miley will now start Game 6. Or will he?