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Gallardo to be skipped; Colome released

Two bits of pregame news today:

– In an effort to limit his workload, the Brewers will essentially skip Yovani Gallardo’s next start and use him next on Sept. 15 in Chicago. Since the team has an off-day Thursday, the other four starters will simply pitch on regular rest in the four days leading up to Gallardo’s outing. The decision came after a Sunday morning meeting between Gallardo, general manager Doug Melvin, assistant GM Gord Ash and manager Ken Macha.

“You have to go with it, I guess,” Gallardo said. “It’s in the best interest for me. I know they’re looking out.”

Macha hasn’t decided when Gallardo will pitch after the Chicago game, but there are no plans to cut his season short. Instead, the Brewers could use their other September off-day (the 28th) to give Gallardo some extra rest.

– In a surprise move, the team released reliever Jesus Colome on Sunday. Colome spent 17 days on the disabled list with a right forearm strain before he was activated on Friday, and had not pitched since then. Colome would have been a free agent at season’s end.

According to Ash, the Brewers made the move to free a 40-man roster spot for an additional call-up.

“Nothing out of the ordinary, other than we needed the space,” Ash said. “[Colome] just wasn’t consistent enough.”

The corresponding call-up is likely to come on Monday and the player will be a pitcher, Ash
said. Plausible guesses include Triple-A Nashville right-handers John Axford (26 years old, 9-1 with a 2.77 ERA in 45 appearances at three Minor League stops this season) and Dave Johnson (27 years old, 3-1 with a 3.72 ERA and five saves in 47 relief appearances at Triple-A Nashville). Both Axford and Johnson would need to be added to the 40-man roster this winter, anyway, to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.

Ditto for Double-A right-hander Josh Butler, a rising prospect who is slated to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. But the Brewers might not want to rob Huntsville of one of its best pitchers ahead of the Southern League playoffs.  

Colome activated off DL

The Brewers activated right-handed reliever Jesus Colome from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, only two days after he was eligible to return from a forearm strain. In five Brewers appearances before he was hurt, Colome allowed four runs and 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings for a 7.59 ERA.

With Colome active, the Brewers have 10 men in the bullpen.

McClung, Colome make strides in bullpen

Brewers relievers Seth McClung and Jesus Colome finished mound sessions on Sunday feeling confident about pitching before the 2009 season is over.

McClung threw 30 pitches and Colome 35 in the Miller Park bullpen before Sunday’s series finale against the Pirates in their first mound work since going to the disabled list with injuries. McClung has been out since July 25 with a sprained right elbow, and Colome since Aug. 18 with a strained right forearm. 

“It felt great to go out there and throw off a mound, especially after more than a month,” said McClung, who underwent Tommy John surgery on the elbow in 2003. “Getting out there on a mound, it kind of puts you in a different mindset. I’m not just going out there to play catch, I went out there to make pitches.” 

McClung threw all fastballs during his session. It marked an informal reunion with Brewers interim pitching coach Chris Bosio, who was Tampa Bay’s pitching coach in 2003 when McClung was on that team. 

Colome is eligible to be activated on Wednesday and probably won’t need a Minor League rehabilitation assignment if he is able to return on that date or soon thereafter. McClung, though, has requested that he pitch an inning for a affiliate before returning to the big leagues. Double-A Huntsville is one candidate because the Stars are headed to the playoffs. 

“I would like to pitch in a game, at least once, somewhere,” McClung said. “I hate to burden guys when they’re trying to win something, but you have to do what you have to do.”

Tidbits: Rotation, McClung/Colome, Parra, Escobar, Hart

Some tidbits from manager Ken Macha’s pregame chat with reporters:

— Macha will announce his probable pitchers for the upcoming St. Louis series on Sunday. He’s considering ways to monitor right-hander Yovani Gallardo’s workload, but bumping him back a day in this case would mean Gallardo would miss the series against the Cardinals. Since the Brewers still publicly consider themselves contenders, that would be a tough move.

“Maybe some guys will get extra time and some guys won’t,” Macha said.

— Injured relievers Seth McClung (elbow) and Jesus Colome (forearm) are scheduled to throw 30-pitch bullpen sessions on Sunday morning. McClung has been on the disabled list since July 25 and is trying to rehab his elbow without succombing to a second career Tommy John surgery.

— Left-hander Manny Parra is introducing a cut fastball to his array of pitches, Macha said. It’s a work in progress; Pittsburgh’s Steve Pearce hit one Friday for a two-run double.
Macha offered some words of support for Parra, who is 6-2 over his last nine starts despite a 6.49 ERA and a .341 opponents’ batting average.

“He does have nine wins, and he has a chance to get into the teens,
too,” Macha said. “Everybody has hopes for him to take a couple steps
forward. But looking at the cup half-full, he has nine wins.”

— For now, Macha has scrapped batting the pitcher eighth and shortstop Alcides Escobar ninth. Escobar batted eighth on Saturday for the second straight game.

“If we’re going to have [a position] player batting ninth, he needs to get on or you don’t have any benefit from it,” Macha said.

Escobar entered the weekend with a .292 on-base percentage.

— Corey Hart, recovering from his Aug. 2 appendectomy, threw in the outfield on Saturday and took batting practice. He appears to travel with the Brewers to St. Louis next week before joining postseason-bound Double-A Huntsville for a rehabilitation assignment. The Brewers don’t yet know how many Minor League games Hart would need to be ready for the big leagues.

Colome dodges a bullet: Just a bruise

Right-handed reliever Jesus Colome left his Brewers home debut on Tuesday night after he was struck on the pitching hand by a line drive, but x-rays revealed no broken bones.

Colome was diagnosed with a bruised pinkie finger, and he will be evaluated before the Brewers and Padres continue their series on Wednesday night.

“He got hit on the back of the hand, and they just think it’s a bruise,” Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

Colome was in his second inning of work when Everth Cabrera’s RBI hit glanced off Colome’s right hand and deflected into center field for the Padres 20th hit of the game. Colome left the field immediately with head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger.

The hard-throwing Colome was making his second appearance for the Brewers since a Friday promotion from Triple-A Nashville. He was replaced by another bullpen newcomer, David Weathers, who was acquired from Cincinnati on Saturday. Weathers also pitched for the Brewers from 1998-2001.

Colome was one of six Brewers pitchers employed by Macha in Milwaukee’s 13-6 loss, leaving only two completely fresh arms — Mike Burns, who is penciled-in to start on Saturday, and closer Trevor Hoffman — for Wednesday. But Claudio Vargas needed only three pitches to record an out in the sixth inning, and Todd Coffey threw only two pitches while recording the final out in the ninth.

Brewers add Colome to bullpen

The Brewers will have another new bullpen arm for the start of their series in Houston on Friday.

The team purchased right-hander Jesus Colome’s contract from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day, less than two weeks after picking him up as a Minor League free agent. To clear a spot for Colome, 31, the Brewers designated R.J. Swindle for assignment.

Colome was designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals on July 4 after going 1-1 with a 8.40 ERA in 16 games this season. He made 61 appearances in each of his first two years with the Nationals, posting a 3.82 ERA in 2007 and a 4.31 ERA in 2008. Colome — pronounced COL-o-may — pitched the six seasons before that with the Tampa Bay Rays.

In four outings for Triple-A Nashville, Colome notched two saves, struck out 11 batters  in seven innings and didn’t allow a run.

Swindle has not been effective in three stints with the Brewers this season. He has allowed 12 runs and 12 hits, including three home runs, in six appearances spanning 6 2/3 innings. He allowed five runs on four hits in an inning of work at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.

When Colome makes his Brewers debut, he will become the 20th different pitcher to appear for the team this season. That matches Milwaukee’s total from all of last season.

The Brewers enter their series in Houston ranked 12th in the 16-team National League with a 4.26 bullpen ERA and sixth in the league with 340 1/3 relief innings.

Possible relief help in Colome?

The Brewers quietly made an intriguing pick-up on Saturday.

The team signed former Nationals reliever Jesus Colome to a Triple-A contract Saturday, but he has not pitched since July 3 so will report to rookie-level Helena to build back to full strength. Colome, designated for assignment by Washington on July 4, was 1-1 with a 8.40 ERA in 16 games this season but he was useful in the previous two seasons. Colome made 61 appearances in each of his first two years with the Nationals, posting a 3.82 ERA in 2007 and a 4.31 ERA in 2008. He pitched the six seasons before that with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Obviously, he isn’t an immediate help. But Colome is not too far removed from a pair of nice years in the National League, and could be someone to keep an eve on, especially if Seth McClung is sidelined long-term.