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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.

Swindle called back up; Burns demoted

You can officially scratch Mike Burns’ name off the list of possible Brewers starters for Tuesday.

The team optioned the right-hander back to Triple-A Nashville on Monday ahead of a four-game series against the Washington Nationals and promoted reliever R.J. Swindle, giving manager Ken Macha two left-handed specialists to play with in the bullpen.

Swindle allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings over two brief stints with the big-league Brewers this year but has been nearly unhittable at Nashville. In 31 relief appearances there, he has a 1.03 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. Left-handed hitters are hitting .148 against Swindle, who elicits oohs and ahhs with his super-slow curveball.

Burns was largely ineffective after promotion to the starting rotation. He was 2-3 in five starts with a 7.20 ERA, prompting the Brewers to remove him from the rotation. As of this morning, Macha still hasn’t named his starting pitcher for Tuesday, prompting all sorts of trade speculation.

Macha will almost certainly have to offer an answer today.

Catalanotto called up

The Brewers purchased veteran outfielder Frank Catalanotto’s contract from Double-A Huntsville on Monday morning and will have him in uniform for their Memorial Day series opener against the Cardinals.

To make room, left-hander R.J. Swindle was optioned back to Nashville for the second time this season. Swindle had been promoted to help handle the Twins’ stable of left-handed hitters during the Brewers’ Interleague Series in Minnesota.

Catalanotto, signed to a Minor League deal earlier this month, went 3-for-12 with a pair of doubles in three games at Huntsville. He is a left-handed hitter.

Brewers call on LHP Swindle for Twins series

Doug Melvin watched with a bit of angst as the Twins put 20 runs on the scoreboard against the White Sox on Thursday. In advance of his own club’s weekend series in Minnesota, Melvin called for another weapon.

The Brewers recalled left-hander R.J. Swindle from Triple-A Nashville after a 4-3 win over the Astros, giving manager Ken Macha two lefty bullpen arms for the likes of Minnesota’s Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Jason Kubel. Swindle will be in uniform on Friday night at the Metrodome.

To make room, the team optioned infielder Hernan Iribarren back to Nashville after just three days in the big leagues. Brewers officials figured that with the designated hitter rule in effect, the extra arm was needed more than the extra bench player.

“In particular, I’m looking at Kubel,” Macha said. “He’s just absolutely killing right-handers. Just killing them. That might be a spot where you waste a pitcher on one hitter.”

Kubel is hitting .365 against right-handers with all five of his home runs.

Swindle, who works with a looping curveball that sometimes crosses the plate at 55 mph, has surrendered only one run in 16 1/3 innings at Nashville spanning 11 games. In one game with the Brewers on April 21 in Philadlephia, he was charged with a run on two hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Iribarren did not play in the Brewers’ first two-games in Houston, but he played the final four innings Thursday night after a double-switch and actually squeezed the final out. Iribarren struck out in both of his plate appearances.

“I told the guys there may be some yo-yos in Nashville,” Melvin said. “They understand that.”