Tommy Milone dominated at Triple-A Rochester for a second consecutive season with a 1.66 ERA and 7.6 K/9, but he struggled again at the major league level. He bounced from the bullpen to the rotation but had just a 6.4 K/9 and 5.71 ERA. Milone has good but not elite control and groundball rates, which aren't enough to overcome an 87.6 mph average fastball in the majors. At 30 years old, he may spend most of his time at Triple-A again in 2017, but he'll compete for his roster spot with the Brewers during spring training after inking a minor league deal with Milwaukee in December.
Milone gave up one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three over three innings of relief to notch his first save of the season in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Reds. It's only the left-hander's second career save. The lone run off Milone came on an Adam Duvall solo shot and he's now given up four homers in his last three appearances and 13 innings, making him a risky fantasy play even if he were to move back into the rotation.
The Brewers announced Friday that Milone will give up his starting spot to Matt Garza (groin) next time through the rotation. Milone did not open the year in the Brewers' rotation, but he was needed almost immediately with Junior Guerra injuring his groin Opening Day, and made three starts over the last two weeks. He held his own over his last two outings, giving up just four earned runs over 10 innings and picking up a win, but with Garza set to return, manager Craig Counsell decided Milone would be the pitcher to cede his spot in the rotation. Milone will likely work in middle relief for the time being, and would likely be the top option should the Brewers need another starter in the near future.
Milone allowed a single run on just three hits while striking out five batters over five innings during Wednesday's loss to the Cubs. Milone was in line for the win through five frames, and his smoke-and-mirrors pitch arsenal was extremely effective Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Milwaukee bullpen allowed six runs, and left the 30-year-old southpaw still chasing his second win of the campaign. Milone entered Wednesday's outing with a career 4.20 ERA and 6.43 K/9, though, so there isn't a lot of fantasy value outside of NL-only settings.
Milone gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk over only four innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs, although he avoided factoring into the decision. It took him 89 pitches to get through those four frames, which is awfully reminiscent of last season's returns for Milone. The lefty averaged less than five innings during his 12 starts in 2016, and he averaged a homer per start as well. There's no reason to own him in fantasy outside of an act of true desperation.
Milone will start for the Brewers on Saturday, April 8 against the Cubs, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. With Junior Guerra headed to the DL for an extended period with a right calf strain, it appears Milone is in line to replace him in the rotation. Manager Craig Counsell confirmed the 30-year-old would start in Guerra's place Saturday, though he didn't indicate whether this would be more than a one-time thing, especially with the return of Matt Garza from the 10-day DL looming.
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