Possible relief help in Colome?

The Brewers quietly made an intriguing pick-up on Saturday.

The team signed former Nationals reliever Jesus Colome to a Triple-A contract Saturday, but he has not pitched since July 3 so will report to rookie-level Helena to build back to full strength. Colome, designated for assignment by Washington on July 4, was 1-1 with a 8.40 ERA in 16 games this season but he was useful in the previous two seasons. Colome made 61 appearances in each of his first two years with the Nationals, posting a 3.82 ERA in 2007 and a 4.31 ERA in 2008. He pitched the six seasons before that with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Obviously, he isn’t an immediate help. But Colome is not too far removed from a pair of nice years in the National League, and could be someone to keep an eve on, especially if Seth McClung is sidelined long-term.

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