It was announced Saturday that the Brewers were shutting down Matt Garza and his 5.63 ERA for the remainder of the 2015 season. The right-hander got hammered for five runs on seven hits and four walks in the first half of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon against the Reds and Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after the game that he “wanted to look at other options” in his rotation down the stretch.
Fair enough, but now comes word from MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy that the Brewers asked Garza to pitch out of the bullpen for the final three weeks of the regular season and he flat out refused.
That doesn’t seem to be sitting well with Milwaukee’s higher-ups: “We’re just moving forward,” Counsell told MLB.com before Sunday’s series finale against the Reds. “We’ve got a game today. We’re getting ready for that game. That’s how I’m moving forward with it.”
The Brewers have to operate carefully here because Garza is signed through 2017 and still owed more than $25 million, but they have a right to be upset. The 31-year-old is making $12.5 million this season and hasn’t been good enough to hold his rotation spot. He should probably pitch in long relief if the team wants him to pitch in long relief.