Brewers place Henderson on DL, recall outfielder Gindl
MAY 02, 2014 12:25p ET
A night after getting hit for five earned runs, Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jim Henderson has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
The Brewers recalled outfielder Caleb Gindl from Triple-A Nashville to fill the roster spot and again give them a five-man bench.
Henderson has battled inconsistent command since spring training, but the right-hander was sharp in two of his last three outings prior to Thursday night. He had allowed just one earned run since April 15, including striking out the side against San Diego on April 22.
With the game tied 3-3 in the eighth inning Thursday, Henderson allowed a leadoff single to Zack Cozart. After a sacrifice bunt, pinch hitter Brayan Pena hit a slider out to left for a two-run home run. Henderson allowed two more hits, recorded a strikeout and intentionally walked Jay Bruce before coming out of the game. Rob Wooten allowed two inherited runners to score, raising Henderson's season ERA to 7.15.
Henderson's average fastball velocity was 92.8 mph on Thursday, down from his season average of 94.0 mph.
Gindl is hitting .284 with two home runs and six RBI in Triple-A, carrying a .328 batting average against right-handed pitchers. After getting out to a bit of a slow start, Gindl is hitting .438 with five extra-base hits in his last eight games.
In 57 games with the Brewers in 2013, Gindl hit .242 with five home runs and 14 RBI. He made 30 starts in right field and four starts in right field.
The Brewers became short on the bench Thursday when they optioned Elian Herrera to Triple-A to bring up a fresh bullpen arm in Wooten. With Ryan Braun still sidelined by an oblique strain, Mark Reynolds made his first career start in right field Thursday night.
Gindl's stay on the 25-man roster will depend on how long Braun is out. Logan Schafer is set to be activated from the disabled list Saturday and a corresponding roster move will need to be made. Braun could be placed on the disabled list retroactive to when he last played if he's still not ready, or Gindl could go back down to Nashville.
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