LaTroy Hawkins’ return from nearly three months on the disabled list lasted all of five outings.
The Brewers placed Hawkins back on the 15-day DL on Thursday morning with the same right shoulder weakness that landed him there in the first place in early May. Hawkins was replaced by right-hander Mike McClendon, a 25-year-old right-hander who was an All-Star for Triple-A Nashville this season.
To make room for McClendon on the full 40-man roster, the Brewers shifted catcher Gregg Zaun to the 60-day DL. Zaun is out for the season after shoulder surgery.
His own shoulder injury has prevented Hawkins from contributing to the Brewers in the first season of the two-year $7.5 million contract he signed during December’s Winter Meetings and exasperated the Brewers’ lousy luck with free agent pitchers. They also signed Randy Wolf to a three-year, $29.75 million contract, and he entered Thursday’s start against the D-backs with a 4.81 ERA and a 5.29 fielding independent ERA (FIP), up from 3.96 last year with the Dodgers. The Brewers’ other big signing was left-hander Doug Davis, who missed two months with swelling around his heart and is currently sidelined indefinitely by elbow tendonitis.
McClendon will wear No. 58 for the Brewers. He posted a 2.44 ERA in 25 appearances at Nashville after a promotion from Double-A Huntsville, and surrendered only one home run in 55 1/3 innings. The Brewers made McClendon their 10th round Draft pick in 2006.