Gallardo to be skipped; Colome released

Two bits of pregame news today:

– In an effort to limit his workload, the Brewers will essentially skip Yovani Gallardo’s next start and use him next on Sept. 15 in Chicago. Since the team has an off-day Thursday, the other four starters will simply pitch on regular rest in the four days leading up to Gallardo’s outing. The decision came after a Sunday morning meeting between Gallardo, general manager Doug Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash and manager Ken Macha.

“You have to go with it, I guess,” Gallardo said. “It’s in the best interest for me. I know they’re looking out.”

Macha hasn’t decided when Gallardo will pitch after the Chicago game, but there are no plans to cut his season short. Instead, the Brewers could use their other September off-day (the 28th) to give Gallardo some extra rest.

– In a surprise move, the team released reliever Jesus Colome on Sunday. Colome spent 17 days on the disabled list with a right forearm strain before he was activated on Friday, and had not pitched since then. Colome would have been a free agent at season’s end.

According to Ash, the Brewers made the move to free a 40-man roster spot for an additional call-up.

“Nothing out of the ordinary, other than we needed the space,” Ash said. “[Colome] just wasn’t consistent enough.”

The corresponding call-up is likely to come on Monday and the player will be a pitcher, Ash
said. Plausible guesses include Triple-A Nashville right-handers John Axford (26 years old, 9-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 45 appearances at three Minor League stops this season) and Dave Johnson (27 years old, 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA and five saves in 47 relief appearances at Triple-A Nashville). Both Axford and Johnson would need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, anyway, to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.

Ditto for Double-A right-hander Josh Butler, a rising prospect who is slated to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. But the Brewers might not want to rob Huntsville of one of its best pitchers ahead of the Southern League playoffs.  

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