Matt Garza left the Brewers and traveled to California to be with his pregnant wife for the upcoming birth of their twins and Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’s not expected to rejoin the team this season.
MLB paternity leaves typically last a few days, rather than multiple weeks, but Garza’s relationship with the Brewers has become increasingly rocky thanks to his poor performance and refusal to pitch out of the bullpen after being dropped from the rotation.
So basically they told him to just stay away until next season, since he wasn’t going to pitch out of the bullpen anyway.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell told McCalvy that Garza left the team on “good terms” and says they had “a very good conversation” before his departure, but the veteran right-hander is owed $25 million for the next two seasons and clearly the team would love to shed that contract from the books this offseason.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.