Brewers call on LHP Swindle for Twins series

Doug Melvin watched with a bit of angst as the Twins put 20 runs on the scoreboard against the White Sox on Thursday. In advance of his own club’s weekend series in Minnesota, Melvin called for another weapon.

The Brewers recalled left-hander R.J. Swindle from Triple-A Nashville after a 4-3 win over the Astros, giving manager Ken Macha two lefty bullpen arms for the likes of Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel. Swindle will be in uniform on Friday night at the Metrodome.

To make room, the team optioned infielder Hernan Iribarren back to Nashville after just three days in the big leagues. Brewers officials figured that with the designated hitter rule in effect, the extra arm was needed more than the extra bench player.

“In particular, I’m looking at Kubel,” Macha said. “He’s just absolutely killing right-handers. Just killing them. That might be a spot where you waste a pitcher on one hitter.”

Kubel is hitting .365 against right-handers with all five of his home runs.

Swindle, who works with a looping curveball that sometimes crosses the plate at 55 mph, has surrendered only one run in 16 1/3 innings at Nashville spanning 11 games. In one game with the Brewers on April 21 in Philadlephia, he was charged with a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Iribarren did not play in the Brewers’ first two-games in Houston, but he played the final four innings Thursday night after a double-switch and actually squeezed the final out. Iribarren struck out in both of his plate appearances.

“I told the guys there may be some yo-yos in Nashville,” Melvin said. “They understand that.”


Noooooooo…I have Kubel (and Mauer) on my fantasy team.😦

Watch out for mini-Maddux! (Kevin Slowey). Swindle is a good call. He is kind of an American-League guy. They don’t always blow it by people. I think the reason for Zito’s poor transition to the NL was not so much a mechanical issue. . . okay-maybe a bit. But you could almost consider Swindle a knuckler. Good decision by Macha, and, if it doesn’t work out – still a good IDEA.

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