DiFelice activated, Burns sent down
Mark DiFelice was back in the Brewers’ bullpen Tuesday night for the opener of a week-long homestand, while Mike Burns was headed back to Triple-A Nashville.
The team reinstated DiFelice from the bereavement list on Tuesday afternoon after the right-hander played catch in the outfield with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger. DiFelice was placed on the temporary bereavement list last Wednesday night to attend his grandmother’s funeral in Philadelphia, but he was also inactive last week because of tightness in his right elbow.
To clear a spot on the active roster, the team optioned Burns back to Nashville. He was called-up during the team’s just-completed road trip as a replacement for Jorge Julio, who was released, and worked four scoreless innings in his only Brewers appearance on June 2 at Florida.
In sending out Burns, the Brewers opted to keep Chris Smith, another right-hander promoted during the last trip. Smith, who had been closing games at Nashville before his call-up, had yet to appear for the Brewers entering the homestand.
“Burns gave us ‘length’ out there,” said Macha, referring to Burns’ ability to pitch multiple innings since he was a Nashville starter before his promotion. “We’ve got [Seth] McClung to give us length right now. We want to see how Smith reacts to the Major League thing, see what we have.
“I would have liked to pitch [Smith] in Atlanta, but all three games were tight so we went with our best guys. He’s pitched very well at Triple-A, so we want to see how that translates up here.”