More non-roster invites: Butler, Arlis

Butler pitches against the Phillies on Sept. 24, 2009. (AP Photo)

We passed along word yesterday that lefty Dan Meadows had been invited to Major League Spring Training camp, and on Saturday morning the Brewers announced two more: Right-hander and former 40-man roster member Josh Butler, plus catcher Patrick Arlis. Butler made three Brewers appearances in September 2009 (see evidence above) but has been dogged by injuries in the years since. He had a 5.15 ERA in 28 starts for Triple-A Nashville last season and walked 76 batters versus 96 strikeouts.

The Brewers’ list of nonroster invitees has grown to 13, including four catchers in addition to the three on the 40-man roster. That’s common for Spring Training, when teams need a slew of catchers to handle all of those pitchers in early-camp bullpen sessions.

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1 Comment

Good to hear that Meadows will get a look see. I`ve been following him closely the past few years and he seems like he just might have the stuff to be a MLB lefty bull pen pitcher. After this season he will have to be protected by being added to the 40 man roster, so a closer look will be needed before the Braintrust eyes, as well as us fans.

Not quite sure why Melvin feels Butler deserves it, but he needs to #%&* or get off the pot or I suspect he will be released after this season.

Josh was the player we received from Tampa Bay in 2008, when Melvin sent Gabe Gross (part of the Lyle Overbay/Ty Taubenheim deal along with Smelly Bush & Zach Jackson) their way.

Also Butler was a 2nd rd. pick of TB in the 2006 amateur Draft.

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