Brewers add Colome to bullpen
The Brewers will have another new bullpen arm for the start of their series in Houston on Friday.
The team purchased right-hander Jesus Colome’s contract from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, less than two weeks after picking him up as a Minor League free agent. To clear a spot for Colome, 31, the Brewers designated R.J. Swindle for assignment.
Colome was designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals on July 4 after going 1-1 with a 8.40 ERA in 16 games this season. He 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. Colome — pronounced COL-o-may — pitched the six seasons before that with the Tampa Bay Rays.
In four outings for Triple-A Nashville, Colome notched two saves, struck out 11 batters in seven innings and didn’t allow a run.
Swindle has not been effective in three stints with the Brewers this season. He has allowed 12 runs and 12 hits, including three home runs, in six appearances spanning 6 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs on four hits in an inning of work at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
When Colome makes his Brewers debut, he will become the 20th different pitcher to appear for the team this season. That matches Milwaukee’s total from all of last season.
The Brewers enter their series in Houston ranked 12th in the 16-team National League with a 4.26 bullpen ERA and sixth in the league with 340 1/3 relief innings.