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Coffey activated, Smith out

On Friday, Todd Coffey tested his bruised right thumb in a one-inning appearance for Triple-A Nashville.
On Saturday, he tested his patience. 
Coffey declared himself ready to return from the 15-day disabled list, but the Brewers, with a relatively-rested bullpen, waited one more game to make the roster move. Following a heartbreaking, 8-7 loss to the Rockies, the team activated Coffey and outrighted fellow reliever Chris Smith to Triple-A Nashville. Coffey will be back in the bullpen for Sunday’s series finale.
“I’m ready to jump back in there in the seventh or eighth inning and go right after them,” Coffey said a few hours earlier.
He was very sharp in his rehabilitation stint for Nashville on Friday night. Coffey needed only 13 pitches in his 1-2-3 inning and struck out the first batter he faced.
It was his first game action since May 29, when Coffey suffered a bone bruise at the base of his thumb during a rare at-bat.
“I feel real good,” Coffey said. “I felt like I had command of everything. I made sure I put a little extra pressure [on the thumb] while throwing the sinker, just to make sure it was good.” 
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Triple-A Sounds off to 4-0 start

The Brewers will be trying to follow the lead of their Triple-A affiliate when they face the Cubs at Wrigley Field this week. 
The Nashville Sounds on Sunday finished a four-game road sweep of the Iowa Cubs with a 4-2 win and got another home run from outfielder Brendan Katin. Nashville’s 4-0 start is its best since 2003, when that eventual division champion club started the year 8-0. 
Katin already has three home runs and six RBIs after batting .417 in the season-opening series. Sounds relievers have only allowed one run in 14 1/3 innings, and closer Chris Smith already has three saves. Zach Braddock and John Axford, two relievers who figure to make their way to the big leagues at some point this season, have two scoreless outings apiece.
The Sounds continue their road trip on Monday with the opener of a four-game series against the Omaha Royals. Left-hander Chase Wright will make his first start of the season.
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Smith stays in system

Reliever Chris Smith accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Nashville this morning and will report to the Brewers’ Major League camp later this month as a nonroster invitee.

Smith was designated for assignment last week after the Brewers claimed
utility man Joe Inglett off waivers and needed a spot for him on the full 40-man roster. Smith cleared waivers on Monday and was outrighted to Nashville, but because it was his second such assignment, he owned the right of refusal.

Instead, Smith accepted and will remain in Milwaukee’s Minor League system. In 35 appearances for the Brewers
last season, mostly in mop-up situations, Smith posted a respectable
4.11 ERA.

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McClung talking to Marlins; Smith to Nashville

Last week the Marlins reeled in Derrick Turnbow, and now it appears another former Brewer is about to join Florida on a Minor League deal. 

Seth McClung is close to a deal that includes an invitation to Florida’s big league camp. He got some interest from a number of National League teams, most seriously from the Cardinals, Giants and Nationals, but Florida could be a good fit because there is opportunity in the bullpen.
McClung missed a good chunk of the 2009 season with an elbow injury, but he avoided a second Tommy John surgery and returned to action in September. He quietly played a key role down the stretch for the Brewers in 2008, filling-in as both a starter and a reliever as Milwaukee held on for the NL Wild Card. 
Financial issues contributed to McClung’s departure. He earned $1.6625 million in 2009 and would have been arbitration-eligible again this winter, so the Brewers nontendered him in December. 
Also on Monday, the Brewers announced that right-hander Chris Smith had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. It’s his second outright assignment, so Smith can refuse and elect free agency if he wishes. 
Smith was designated for assignment last week after the Brewers claimed utility man Joe Inglett off waivers. In 35 appearances for the Brewers last season, mostly in mop-up situations, Smith posted a respectable 4.11 ERA. 
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The "other" free agency

Jonathan Mayo, who does a great job covering the First-Year Player Draft and the Minor Leagues for MLB.com (and MiLB.com) wrote an interesting piece about key six-year Minor League free agent signings. Brewers officials expend just as much energy scouring the list of six-year free agents as they do the more-publicized big leaguers, often to fill-out the rosters at Triple-A Nashville and Double-A Huntsville.

Every now and then, you find a gem, and Mayo discussed some of the better-known names. There are no Brewers on the list, but pitchers Chris Smith, Chris Narveson and Mike Burns all were acquired as six-year free agents and appeared pretty extensively for the Brewers in 2009.

Can anyone think of any other six-year gems in the Brewers’ recent past?

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McClung tweets his frustration

After sitting idle for an eighth consecutive game on Wednesday night, right-hander Seth McClung wondered aloud about his future with the Brewers.

McClung last month set up an account on Twitter — @73_MC — and has used it to communicate with fans during a busy month. McClung returned Sept. 19 from about seven weeks on the disabled list with a sprained elbow, but before appearing in Thursday’s series finale at Coors Field he had only pitched once since being activated. 

On Wednesday night, he tweeted: “U know that saying, the writing is on the wall? I think I can make out more than just letters concerning me.” 

McClung, who is arbitration-eligible after the season, was asked on Thursday morning to clarify. He was hesitant to take his feelings to the media. 

“It can be interpreted any way you want,” McClung said of his tweet. “I’m not complaining, I’m not trying to make trouble. I’m just frustrated. I don’t mean to talk about it in the media, but I’m honest with myself and it’s hard to watch situations come up in which I’ve performed exceedingly well in the past, and get passed over. Now we’re going on nine days since I’ve pitched last. I’m not saying I’m better than anybody else, I just think it’s my turn. Beyond that, I really don’t want to talk about it in the media.” 

The Brewers avoided McClung last winter when the sides agreed to a one-year, $1.6625 million contract. He is 3-3 with a 4.99 ERA this season in 40 appearances, including two starts. He was having an excellent season in relief — 3.25 ERA in 28 games — until the Brewers moved him into the starting rotation on June 27 after Dave Bush was injured and Manny Parra was sent to the Minors.

McClung finally appeared again on Thursday and escaped a bases-loaded jam in relief of Parra, then worked a scoreless fourth inning to lower his ERA below 5.00. Brewers manager Ken Macha agrees that McClung is completely healthy but said other relievers have simply moved ahead of him on the depth chart including Chris Smith, who pitched in relief on Wednesday. 

“I don’t know what my spot is here,” McClung said. “I’ve had a good run here and I’ve enjoyed it. The way things are shaking up, I don’t know if they have plans for me. I love being here, but that’s not my decision. I would love to be here five, six more years.”

The Brewers may need McClung again this weekend in St. Louis because Dave Bush is skipping his final start to rest his tired right arm. Carlos Villanueva was more likely to be used in a spot start than McClung. 

Hardy, Smith on their way up

As expected, the Brewers made only two call-ups on Tuesday, when active rosters expanded from 25 to 40. Shortstop J.J. Hardy and reliever Chris Smith will be back in uniform for the Brewers for the opener of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.

Hardy got a surprise demotion to Triple-A Nashville on Aug. 12 and batted .254 in 18 games with the Sounds, with four home runs and 12 RBIs. He was hitting .229 for the Brewers before the move down.

Smith has a 1.27 ERA in 28 games for Nashville. He pitched for the Brewers for much of this season, posting a 3.62 ERA in 23 games.

The Brewers will promote a few more players over the coming days, but did not want to raid Nashville during the team’s postseason push. Corey Patterson’s 12th-inning on Monday gave the Sounds a 1/2-game division lead with a week to play.
 

Weathers to join Brewers tonight; Smith optioned

David Weathers will be in uniform No. 20 tonight, when the Brewers begin a three-game series against the Padres at Miller Park. It will be his third number with the Brewers; Weathers wore Nos. 27 and 49 during his first stint with the team from 1998-2001. He wore No. 25 with the Reds, but center fielder Mike Cameron owns that one in Milwaukee.

To clear a 25-man roster spot, the team optioned right-hander Chris Smith back to Nashville. Smith posted a 3.63 ERA mostly in lopsided games (the Brewers were 2-21 when he pitched) but Weathers is more likely to be used in tight situations.

Weathers has a 3.32 ERA this season in 43 appearances with the Reds. He has a 2.50 ERA in 48 career appearances at Miller Park.

DiFelice activated, Burns sent down

Mark DiFelice was back in the Brewers’ bullpen Tuesday night for the opener of a week-long homestand, while Mike Burns was headed back to Triple-A Nashville.

The team reinstated DiFelice from the bereavement list on Tuesday afternoon after the right-hander played catch in the outfield with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger. DiFelice was placed on the temporary bereavement list last Wednesday night to attend his grandmother’s funeral in Philadelphia, but he was also inactive last week because of tightness in his right elbow.

To clear a spot on the active roster, the team optioned Burns back to Nashville. He was called-up during the team’s just-completed road trip as a replacement for Jorge Julio, who was released, and worked four scoreless innings in his only Brewers appearance on June 2 at Florida.

In sending out Burns, the Brewers opted to keep Chris Smith, another right-hander promoted during the last trip. Smith, who had been closing games at Nashville before his call-up, had yet to appear for the Brewers entering the homestand.

“Burns gave us ‘length’ out there,” said Macha, referring to Burns’ ability to pitch multiple innings since he was a Nashville starter before his promotion. “We’ve got [Seth] McClung to give us length right now. We want to see how Smith reacts to the Major League thing, see what we have.

“I would have liked to pitch [Smith] in Atlanta, but all three games were tight so we went with our best guys. He’s pitched very well at Triple-A, so we want to see how that translates up here.”

Riske moved to 60-day DL

The Brewers on Thursday morning formally made the roster moves they previewed last night. The team purchased Chris Smith’s contract from Triple-A Nashville, opened a spot on the 25-man roster by placing Mark DiFelice on the bereavement list and opened a spot on the 40-man roster by shifting injured reliever David Riske to the 60-day DL.

Smith will be wearing No. 52 tonight against the Marlins.

DiFelice, who has not pitched since Sunday because of a sore elbow, can spend a maximum of seven days on the bereavement list but he hopes to return a few days early. He will leave the team on Saturday to attend his grandmother’s funeral on Sunday in Philadelphia. Monday is an off-day for the Brewers, who return to host the Rockies on Tuesday at Miller Park.

I don’t think there’s any significance to the decision to tab Riske for the 60-day DL instead of Rickie Weeks. Brewers officials say both are out for the season, and Riske has no chance of bucking that pronouncement because he underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. Weeks underwent wrist surgery, and some of his teammates admit they are holding out a glimmer of hope that Weeks will return very late in the season, like Yovani Gallardo did last year.

GM Doug Melvin has been asked about that possibility and said it wouldn’t happen. Weeks, he reiterated, is out for the season.

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