Boyer allowed two runs on three hits in an inning of work Sunday, striking out one, but still managed to record his first save of the season. With Jeremy Jeffress unavailable after pitching four times in the last five days, the Brewers turned to Boyer to protect a three-run lead Sunday and he barely got the job done. Will Smith is close to coming off the DL and bolstering the bullpen, though, so this may end up being the last save opportunity Boyer sees this season.
Boyer owns a 2.16 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 1:3 K:BB in 8.1 innings over seven appearances out of the Brewers' bullpen this season. Boyer, in his first season with the Brewers, has done a good job preventing runs and has not allowed a ball to leave the park. He will continue working in middle relief.
Boyer was informed Sunday that he would make the Brewers' Opening Day roster, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The 34-year-old was a non-roster invitee in spring training, but with the Brewers possessing few other attractive middle-inning options in camp, Boyer will be added to the 40-man roster. While he had a rocky spring, Boyer posted a 2.49 ERA over 68 appearances with the Twins in 2015 and could quickly emerge as a key bullpen cog for his new team.
Boyer signed a minor league deal with the Brewers that includes an invite to spring training. Boyer should have a solid shot at seeing some major league action during 2016, given that he's thrown 105.1 innings of 2.91 ERA ball in the last two season. The 34-year-old also had a 5.3 K/9 in that span which limits his upside, but what's more worrying is the elbow inflammation he went through last August.
The Twins have activated right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer from the 15-day disabled list. Boyer has not pitched since August 9 due to right elbow inflammation. To make room on the roster, fellow reliever J.R. Graham was placed on the DL with right shoulder inflammation.