McClendon optioned; Braddock could start in AAA
The Brewers optioned reliever Mike McClendon to Triple-A Nashville on a bust morning for manager Ron Roenicke, who had a number of conversations with players to inform them of their status for Opening Day.
Roenicke declined to detail who is in and who is out because the roster is not official, and because things could change based on the health status of outfielder Corey Hart and right-hander Shaun Marcum, or because of late-spring acquisitions. But Roenicke wanted some of the “bubble” players to know the club’s thinking, and where they may end up in different scenarios. It was probably a very good morning for Tim Dillard and Manny Parra.
Look to Brewers.com later today for more details on the scenarios.
In one other bit of news Friday morning, Roenicke said the Brewers may have left-handed reliever Zach Braddock pitch as a starter at Triple-A Nashville, a move to strengthen his arm to reclaim some of the velocity he’s lost this spring. This is not a permanent move; the long-term projection has Braddock being a late-inning reliever.
I’ll have much more on that later today.
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