Brothers was optioned to the Cubs' alternate training site Tuesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Brothers made just a single appearance in his latest big-league stint, striking out the side in a scoreless inning against the Twins on Saturday. He'll make way on the roster for the return of Jose Quintana (lat), who starts Tuesday against the Pirates.
Brothers was recalled by the Cubs on Friday.
The veteran lefty made a pair of appearances for the Cubs in late July, allowing three runs in 2.1 innings. He'll likely fill a low-leverage role while he remains on the roster. Adbert Alzolay was optioned in a corresponding move.
The Cubs optioned Brothers to their alternate training site in South Bend on Thursday, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
Brothers was one of two Cubs relievers sent down to the alternate site while the team reduced its active roster from 30 to 28 men, with Justin Steele set to join him in South Bend. After earning a spot on the Opening Day roster, Brothers only appeared in two games for the Cubs, giving up three runs and striking out five in 2.1 innings.
The Cubs selected Brothers' contract Thursday, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
The lefty reliever clinched a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster and is set to make his first appearance in the majors since 2018. Over 314 career appearances between the Rockies and Braves, Brothers has recorded a 3.79 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 13.4 K-BB%.
Brothers will be a part of the Cubs' 60-man player pool this season.
Brothers was competing for a bullpen spot when spring training was suspended, and he'll now be among the 22 pitchers who will train at Wrigley Field in advance of the season. The veteran lefty last appeared in the majors in 2018 with Atlanta.
Brothers is in the mix for one of the Cubs' final bullpen spots when the regular season is able to begin, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Brothers signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs in January and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2018, so he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Iowa when play resumes. However, he has an outside shot of making the club if rosters are expanded as expected, as the Cubs and other MLB teams will likely aim to deepen their bullpens. Brothers is left-handed, which gives him a slightly elevated chance of making the team. Chicago currently has Kyle Ryan as the only healthy lefty in the bullpen, with Brad Wieck's status uncertain due to an abnormal heartbeat.
Brothers agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs earlier this month, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
Brothers was once viewed as a potential closer in waiting in the Rockies organization, but he's had a tough time merely sticking around in the majors the past few years. After making just one appearance out of the Atlanta bullpen in 2018, Brothers signed with the Yankees last offseason and spent the entire 2019 campaign in the minors. He'll likely be ticketed for a spot in the Triple-A Iowa bullpen once the Cubs conclude spring training.
Brothers joined the Yankees on a minor-league deal Monday, Jon Heyman of FancredSports.com reports.
Brothers has spent at least some time in the big leagues in seven of the last eight seasons, though his only appearance in 2018 saw him walk both batters he faced. The veteran southpaw struggled in the minors as well, recording a 7.24 ERA in 27.1 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett, walking 22.9 percent of the batters he faced. He's had success in the past, but it would take a sudden turnaround for him to make an impact at Yankee Stadium this season.
Brothers passed through waivers unclaimed and was dropped from the Braves' 40-man roster.
Brothers has only appeared in one game at the major-league level this season and will continue being utilized out of the bullpen with Triple-A Gwinnett moving forward. The Braves also announced that Josh Ravin and Lane Adams were outrighted to Gwinnett after clearing waivers.
The Braves optioned Brothers to Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Brothers made an appearance in the Braves' Opening Day win over the Phillies, walking two batters on 12 pitches and not recording an out. The 30-year-old struggled similarly with a 7.23 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 23.2 innings for the Braves in 2017 and will likely have to illustrate better control at Gwinnett in order to make it back to the major-league roster.
Brothers agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Braves on Thursday.
Brothers will return to Atlanta for a second season after avoiding salary arbitration with Thursday's non-guaranteed contract. The veteran reliever appeared in 27 games for the Braves last season, posting a 7.23 ERA (3.66 FIP) over 23.2 innings of work. As has been the case throughout his professional career, Brothers flashed impressive strikeout upside (31.4 percent K-rate), but continued to struggle with his command (11.4 percent walk rate). Barring any major mechanical adjustments, he'll likely be no more than a low-leverage relief arm for the Braves in 2018.
Brothers was called up by the Braves on Friday, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.
Brothers looks to provide more depth to Atlanta's bullpen as the club brings up a wave of September call-ups prior to Friday's game against the Cubs. During 17 relief appearances with the big-league team this season, Brothers has posted an ugly 7.63 ERA, including six earned runs over his last three innings of action. He figures to see time during low-leverage situations moving forward.
Brothers was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday.
Brothers hasn't turned many heads since being summoned to the Braves at the end of June -- he's posted a weak 7.63 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 15.1 innings -- so he'll head back to the minors for some more seasoning before returning sometime after rosters expand in September. The move clears room for Dan Winkler (elbow), who was reinstated from the 60-day DL in a corresponding move.
Brothers has allowed five runs and recorded eight strikeouts across 7.2 innings this season.
The 29-year-old has already allowed two home runs since being called up in late June, but he also has a win and two holds in his eight appearances. Brothers has been used primarily in low-leverage situations thus far, and he'll need to earn the trust of manager Brian Snitker if he's going to see higher-profile work.
Brothers gave up two hits and struck out one in an inning of relief during Thursday's loss to the Padres.
After Jaime Garcia walked the leadoff hitter in the seventh inning with the Braves already down 5-0, Brothers came in and allowed the inherited runner to score before fanning Cory Spangenberg to end the frame. Expect the former Rockie to continue working in low-leverage situations for now, but Brothers' career numbers against same-side pitching (.221/.335/.320 with a 28.9 percent K rate) could eventually allow him to supplant Ian Krol as the top lefty in Atlanta's bullpen if he proves himself.
Brothers' contract was selected from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
In a corresponding move, Atlanta designated Bartolo Colon for assignment. During four appearances with Gwinnett this season, Brothers has yet to give up a run and only allowed two hits while striking out four to maintain an WHIP of 0.49. This will be his first taste of the majors since coming in out of the bullpen on 17 occasions for the Rockies in 2015. Brothers is going to serve as depth for the Braves bullpen moving forward.
Brothers signed a minor league contract with the Braves on Friday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The deal does not include an invitation to major league camp for spring training. Brothers, who saved 19 games for the Rockies in 2013, did not pitch at any level last season after being released by the Cubs in March. The lefty had a 1.74 ERA during his last run in the majors in 2015 (10.1 innings), but he also had a 1.65 WHIP and 5:8 K:BB over that stretch.
Brothers was released by the Cubs on Thursday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
Brothers' short stint with the Cubs came to an end Thursday after the 28-year-old reliever failed to find much traction on the mound this spring. In three exhibition appearances this spring, Brothers allowed three earned runs and three walks while striking out four batters across 2.2 innings. He'll hit free agency with a chance to possibly latch on with another club this spring.
Brothers struck out two in one inning in the Cubs' spring opener Thursday.
Brothers signed with the Cubs in December and should be a part of the bullpen this season.
Brothers signed a one-year, $1.42 million contract with the Cubs on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
He will receive a relatively modest raise in 2016 after spending most of 2015 with the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate, posting a 4.46 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in 45 appearances. The Cubs seem to think the control issues can be improved upon or overcome to a large extent -- he was able to do so earlier in his career -- but it's hard to imagine Brothers working his way into the back-end discussion with his new team.
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