The Brewers announced on Tuesday that reliever Jeremy Jeffress was activated from the 10-day injured list. The Brewers also recalled pitcher Aaron Wilkerson from Triple-A San Antonio. To create roster space, pitcher Freddy Peralta was placed on the 10-day injured list with an SC joint injury and pitcher Jack Petricka was optioned to Single-A Wisconsin.
Jeffress, 31, was removed from a spring training appearance in early March due to a sore right shoulder. The right-hander had a huge bounce-back year for the Brewers in 2018, posting a 1.29 ERA with 15 saves and an 89/27 K/BB ratio in 76 2/3 innings.
It is unclear how the Brewers plan to utilize Jeffress, but it would make sense if the club were to ease him back into high-leverage situations behind Josh Hader, who has acted as the pimary closer so far.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.