The Brewers are poised to make another move to bolster their pitching staff. Triple-A Nashville right-hander Kameron Loe will make his way to Miami on Tuesday to join a club in the middle of a pitching makeover.
Loe was to supposed to start for Nashville on Tuesday night but he is expected instead to be in a Brewers uniform at Sun Life Stadium, where Milwaukee began a four-game series against the Marlins on Monday with a 13-5 loss. The Brewers will have to make a corresponding move or moves to clear space on both the 40-man and 25-man rosters, and could wait until Loe is on-site to do so.
The Brewers were facing a deadline of sorts this week with Loe, 28, whose Minor League contract included an “out” clause that would have allowed the player to elect free agency if not on the big league roster by June 5.
“I’m excited to be back in the big leagues,” said Loe, who last pitched in the Majors with Texas in 2008. “I was really focused on my next start so I had not been giving much thought to what might happen. But I’m ready for it.”
Loe made 107 appearances including 47 starts for the Rangers from 2004-2008 and was 19-23 with a 4.77 ERA. He was 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 10 starts for Nashville.
He was not told whether he would be used as a starter or a reliever by the Brewers, who have had trouble in both areas.
“They just told me I’m coming up and I said, ‘Thank you,’” Loe said. “That was about it.”
Loe would be the latest of a series of roster moves this month to remake a slumping staff. Pitchers John Axford, Marco Estrada, Zach Braddock and Chris Capuano have all been promoted since May 15, and the club announced Monday that Capuano would start Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins.
The Brewers already have 13 pitchers on the active roster so a pitcher will almost certainly be sent out to make room for Loe. One option is veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan, who is earning $12.5 million in the final year of his contract but has been working lone relief. Suppan surrendered three hits and two runs, only one of which was earned, in Monday’s loss and both general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ken Macha declined to answer questions during the day about his status on the team.
Suppan’s ERA this season is 7.28.
“He’s given us what he’s got,” Macha said after the game. “Sometimes it’s been OK and sometimes it hasn’t.”