MILWAUKEE — Needing a fresh bullpen arm following Tuesday night’s 16-inning marathon, the Milwaukee Brewers optioned right-hander Mike Fiers to Triple-A Nashville and recalled right-hander Alfredo Figaro from the same club.
Without many options without making a 40-man roster move, Figaro comes to the Brewers despite struggling to a 5.02 ERA in Triple-A. Fresh is also a relative term with him, as he threw two scoreless innings Tuesday night against Salt Lake City.
Figaro only threw 22 pitches Tuesday, as manager Ron Roenicke said he will be available for Wednesday afternoon’s series finale with the Washington Nationals. Fiers was the choice to be sent down after he threw 22 pitches on Monday and 59 pitches over four innings of relief in Tuesday’s 16-inning loss before.
Called up in a similar situation earlier this season, Figaro pitched three innings and allowed a game-winning home run to San Diego’s Chase Headley in a 2-1 loss in 12 innings on April 22.
"That’s tough, because I really like the way (Fiers) threw the ball yesterday," Roenicke said. "You ask a guy to come in and throw that many innings, you think you’re going to win a game if he puts up three zeroes. But we needed the arm, and he wouldn’t have been able to pitch until Saturday."
Fiers, who took the loss Tuesday after allowing a two-run home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the top of the 16th, said he will return to Nashville’s rotation and start for the Sounds on Monday.
"I understand the situation," Fiers said. "They need some guys in the bullpen that are available (Wednesday), so obviously I’m not. They just need some help."
After putting up impressive numbers in Triple-A, Fiers was called up to the Brewers on June 7. He pitched in just two games in his first two weeks with the big-league club before appearing in back-to-back games this week.
Overall, the right-hander was pleased with the impression he left and hopes to be back sooner rather than later. Fiers allowed just two earned runs over seven innings in four outings for the Brewers, good for a 2.57 ERA.
"I felt good, I threw the ball well, Zimmerman got me for the two-run homer, but other than that, I was pitching well," Fiers said. "I don’t really regret anything I did or pitches I threw. Just gotta do the same thing down there. If the opportunity comes, I’ll be back up."
Leaving an impact: The roster move wasn’t the only thing caused by Tuesday’s 16-inning game, as Roenicke took three of his big bats out of the lineup Wednesday as a direct result of how long the game went the night before.
Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez all came out of the game a bit banged up and tired and were given the day off Wednesday.
"Sometimes they work out to where you’ll have some quick games and you’ll rebound. But when you have a game like you do last night, you can’t rebound from it," Roenicke said. "Luc’s a guy that it’s not too often that I come to the ballpark and I ask him how he’s doing and he gives me a âugh.’ Well, he’s there. It was a tough one."
Ramirez was lifted as part of a double switch in the 12th inning Tuesday, as Roenicke wanted to get the veteran third baseman out of the game.
"I didn’t know how long that game was going to go," Roenicke said. "I don’t know if you guys watched him running, but he was hurting. It worked out, but I needed to get him out of there somewhere.
"It’s a little bit of everything. The back is creating some things. The hamstring, that one is still not 100 percent gone. He feels fine, but that tightened up."