Manager Ron Roenicke said the Brewers had little choice but to summon a fresh arm for the bullpen Tuesday, so they recalled right-hander Mike McClendon from Class AAA Nashville.
The relief corps was very thin after the Brewers played a doubleheader in Washington on Sunday and a 12-inning game Monday night in Philadelphia. Also, reliever Sergio Mitre was unavailable after being hit on the triceps with a line drive in the first game in Philly.
"It was necessary," manager Ron Roenicke said of the transaction.
McClendon pitched a scoreless ninth inning Tuesday in the Brewers' 9-0 rout of the Phillies.
Beyond Mitre's unavailability, several other relievers had been used multiple times in recent days.
"It makes you uncomfortable, not knowing if the game will go into extra innings again," Roenicke said.
McClendon, who was 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances for the Brewers last season, was informed of his call-up after Nashville arrived in New Orleans from Omaha on Monday evening.
"We hadn't even heard the (Brewers') game went 12 innings," McClendon said. "I spent the night there and got up and caught the first flight (to Philadelphia)."
To make room on the roster for McClendon, the Brewers placed starting pitcher Shaun Marcum on the bereavement list so he could go home to Missouri for his father's heart surgery. If all went well there, Marcum was expected back to make his scheduled start Saturday against Houston.
Roenicke said reliever Takashi Saito, on the disabled list with a hamstring strain, would not be ready to be activated Friday when eligible. Instead, Saito will throw a simulated inning that day, and Roenicke said he might need another before being activated.
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