This makes me extremely happy! No, I’m not being cold-hearted, being happy that someone is hurt. The fact of the matter is that David Riske is not good right now. He had off-season surgery on his elbow and has not been right since he came back. He had an absolutely horrid spring training. If Riske was not on a multi-year contract, there is no way he would have made the team out of spring training. In his only appearance this season, he pitched 1 inning and gave up 4 hits and 2 runs to the Giants. Look, the fact that he hasn’t pitched since then says something.
One has to wonder if Riske is “really” hurt, or if this is simply a go get your arm checked out and head down to AAA until you get this figured out. It is kind of a Suppan situation as well, since Riske is making $4.25 million each of the next 2 years, the Brewers can’t cut him loose.
Regardless, I am glad R.J. Swindle is up. For those who don’t know, we got Swindle in the off-season off waivers from Philadelphia. This gives us two lefties out of the bullpen, which can’t hurt. Unlike Riske, Swindle had a great training camp. Swindle throws quite similar to Brian Shouse who the Brewers decided to let go after last year. He throws side-arm just like Shouse, but seems to strikeout more batters. Swindle also has the ability to throw multiple innings if necessary.
So we shall see where this goes. There are some interesting bullpen decisions coming. Remember, Hoffman will be back soon which will require one move and when Riske comes back (he is eligible to come back on April 25th), another move will have to be made.