Dillard sent down before Game 2 at Twins
The Brewers made their long-awaited roster move about three hours before Saturday’s first pitch, opting to option right-handed reliever Tim Dillard back to Triple-A Nashville to clear a spot for Takashi Saito’s return from the disabled list. Club officials clearly agonized over this particular move, discussing it all week in New York, where general manager Doug Melvin was with the team, and Friday night in Minneapolis, where assistant GM Gord Ash joined-up.
In sending out Dillard, the Brewers opted to continue on with an 11-man pitching staff, including six relievers. They lose a bit of length in the Dillard-for-Saito swap, but are covered this weekend because Marco Estrada should be available again and Yovani Gallardo delivered the Brewers’ second consecutive seven-inning start on Friday night.
Dillard surrendered 10 earned runs and 17 hits over 18 innings for Milwaukee. Eight of the runs and 12 of the hits came in his final eight appearances, spanning 8 1/3 innings.
So position players who might have been part of the discussion, like Mat Gamel, Casey McGehee, Mark Kotsay and Josh Wilson, are safe as the Brewers continue their Interleague Series at Target Field. Gamel and Kotsay are in the lineup Saturday night:
Rickie Weeks 2B
Nyjer Morgan CF (celebrating his 31st birthday)
Ryan Braun LF
Prince Fielder 1B
Mat Gamel DH
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Mark Kotsay RF
Jonathan Lucroy C
Craig Counsell 3B
LHP Chris Narveson
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