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.
Everyone suspected this would happen and now it has: Gio González has requested and has been granted his release from his minor league deal with the Yankees. He is a free agent.
González stood to earn a $3 million salary if the Yankees elect to add him to the 25-man roster, with additional bonuses of $300,000 pending each start he makes after that, but nothing he did at Triple-A merited a callup. He issued 10 runs, six walks, and 19 strikeouts over his first 15 innings in the minors. He fired his agent, Scott Boras, late last week and hired CAA Baseball instead.
No word on whether CAA will be better at convincing anyone to sign a guy who walked six guys in 15 minor league innings to a big league deal than Boras was, frankly. My guess is that González will be on another minor league deal again soon if he wants to pitch in 2019.