Hader threw a scoreless inning in Monday's loss to the Twins despite allowing a hit and issuing three walks. Hader was not sharp Monday and now owns 17 walks in 22.1 innings out of the Brewers' bullpen this season, but even in a subpar outing he was able to keep the opponent off the scoreboard. Hader, who does have 27 strikeouts and has given up just 10 hits, will continue working in a multi-situation relief role for the time being.
Hader threw 1.2 scoreless innings in a loss to the Phillies on Sunday, working around a base hit and a hit batsman. Hader did not record a strikeout Sunday, but he didn't give up a run for the 10th time in 12 big-league appearances. The rookie has 11 walks in 16.2 innings, so control has been an issue, and although he hit someone, he at least didn't issue a walk for the third consecutive outing Sunday. He now owns a 1.08 WHIP -- exactly the same mark as his 1.08 ERA. Expect him to continue working out of the bullpen for the Brewers, but Hader's long-term future is in the rotation.
Hader (1-0) allowed one run over three innings and recorded seven strikeouts to earn his first career win Friday against the Yankees. The 23-year-old relieved starting pitcher Junior Guerra in the fourth inning following a rain delay and produced his longest outing in the majors. The left-hander gave up his first run of the season on an Aaron Judge solo home run, but it was the only hit allowed. Hader now has a 0.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP across 12.1 innings with 13 strikeouts since being recalled in early June, but he has shown some struggles with command and has issued 10 walks.
Hader tossed two scoreless innings of relief in Thursday's victory over the Cardinals. Hader walked two batters in the outing and did not strike anybody out, but he also did not allow any hits or runs. He was the first reliever in after Zach Davies exited following five frames, and he will likely continue to pitch in the middle innings for now. However, since Hader worked solely as a starter with Triple-A Colorado Springs, he should be able to pitch more than one inning when needed, like he did Thursday.
General manager David Stearns said that Hader will pitch out of the bullpen for the time being, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Stearns added that the long-term plan is still to use the left-hander as a starter, but they want him to work in relief as he acclimates himself to the big leagues. With that in mind, the Brewers do have a doubleheader with the Cardinals coming up Tuesday, so there is an opportunity for him to pick up a start, although it's somewhat of a long shot given this announcement. It seems like Hader's short-term value will be dependent on his ability to strike major-league batters out and limit his walks more than anything else.