Espino inked a minor-league deal with the Brewers on Wednesday.
Espino was released by Texas on April 21 after appearing in three games for the Rangers' Triple-A club. In those outings, he allowed 10 earned runs over just six innings of relief and wasn't able to find any sort of groove on the mound. The 31-year-old spent some time with Milwaukee last season, but he largely failed to impress. Expect Espino to remain at the Triple-A level for the foreseeable future barring a stream of injuries to the Brewers' relievers.
Espino was released from Triple-A Round Rock by the Rangers, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Jettisoning Espino cleared a roster spot for the recently acquired Tony Sanchez. The 31-year-old Espino had given up 10 runs on 10 hits and four walks over six innings for Frisco.
Espino agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training with Texas on Thursday.
Espino finished the 2017 season with the Rangers after being dealt from Milwaukee in late August for cash considerations. He wound up seeing a little bit of action in September, which brought his cumulative ERA to 6.00 with a 1.37 WHIP in 24 innings between both clubs. Although he was recently cast off the 40-man roster in October, Espino cleared waivers and decided to return to the Rangers on a minor-league deal. He will likely begin the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock while providing organizational depth for the bullpen.
Espino cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
In his first taste of the majors, Espino compiled a 6.00 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 24 innings with the Brewers and Rangers. He made a pair of spot starts but was primarily used to eat innings out of the bullpen.
Espino tossed 2.2 innings of relief in Monday's 11-2 loss to the Astros, surrendering three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one batter.
Acquired from the Brewers in late August, Espino was included among the Rangers' September callups and made his team debut earlier this month. The right-hander opened his tenure with the Rangers with four scoreless appearances, but he struggled mightily when asked to mop up in the blowout Monday. The 30-year-old Espino is likely on the fringe of the Rangers' 40-man roster, so it's not a given that he'll be retained by the club heading into next spring.
Espino was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Friday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
With active rosters expanding to 40 players, Espino will join the Rangers for the first time. He was acquired in a post-DFA trade with Milwaukee in August after struggling to a 6.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in six appearances with the Brewers. A spot start down the stretch isn't out of the question, but Espino figures to pitch primarily out of the bullpen.
Espino was traded to the Rangers in exchange for cash.
Espino is headed to Texas after being designated for assignment by the Brewers on Wednesday. The 30-year-old made his MLB debut earlier in the season and compiled a 6.11 ERA and 1.42 WHIP over 17.2 innings with Milwaukee. Espino could get a chance with the team in September as a long reliever or spot starter. Tanner Scheppers was designated for assignment to clear room on the roster for him.
The Brewers designated Espino for assignment Wednesday.
Espino was deemed expendable after the Brewers added another swingman to the organization Tuesday in Aaron Brooks, who was poached off waivers from the Cubs. Brooks will presumably take Espino's place in the rotation at Triple-A Colorado Springs and could be promoted to the Brewers when rosters expand in September as a long reliever or spot-starting option. Espino, meanwhile, should remain in the organization if he goes unclaimed off waivers, but his lack of a 40-man roster spot makes it unlikely that he'll rejoin the big club at any point in 2017.
Espino was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
Espino will be sent back to Colorado Springs to make room on the 25-man roster for the recently-acquired Jeremy Jeffress. He'll likely return to the majors later this year when an extra bullpen arm is needed or when rosters expand in September.
Espino was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Espino will head back to the big leagues in order to replace Michael Blazek on the active roster after the latter was sent back to the minors following Thursday's disastrous start. The Panamanian pitcher will likely head into a long-relief role for the duration of his stay in Milwaukee.
Espino was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs after Sunday's game.
He gave up four runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three in two innings of relief Sunday, sealing his fate. Espino now has a 6.11 ERA in the big leagues this season. He will continue to provide organizational pitching depth, but he may have missed his opportunity to distinguish himself as legitimate rotation option. A corresponding move will be announced Monday.
Espino was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
With Brandon Woodruff (hamstring) being placed on the disabled list Tuesday, the Brewers will call upon Espino to rejoin the major-league squad. The career minor leaguer made two spot starts for the Brewers earlier this season but will likely operate in a long-relief bullpen role for the time being.
Espino was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
Espino served up a pair of home runs in Thursday's start, and since he's unavailable to pitch again for a few days, he'll retreat to the minors for the time being. He seems like the first option to return for spot starts, however, so his stay could be brief given that Milwaukee has a doubleheader in St. Louis on tap for Tuesday. In the meantime, top prospect Josh Hader will head to the majors to fill his roster spot.
Espino allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three batters through four innings during Thursday's loss to San Francisco. He didn't factor into the decision.
This was only the second start of the season for Espino, and he also lasted just four innings in the first outing against Chicago on May 19. The 30-year-old righty posted a 3.26 ERA through nine starts at Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, so he owns some potential. Proving he can pitch deeper into games would be an encouraging first step to fulfilling it. If Espino sticks in the rotation for another turn, he lines up to face St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
Espino was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.
Espino will work Thursday's start for the Brewers against the scuffling Giants. It's a decent matchup for streamers to target, and the 30-year-old's 3.26 ERA in nine starts with the Sky Sox shows he'll at least remain on call as a backup plan in the rotation if this stint doesn't last long. However, He's merely a matchup play in most fantasy formats for as long as he has a rotation gig, which may depend on how long Matt Garza (chest) sticks on the disabled list.
Espino will start Thursday's series finale with the Giants, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
It seemed like a forgone conclusion after Espino was a healthy scratch form his start with Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the week, but this makes things official. The 30-year-old will face off with Johnny Cueto as he looks to build off his lone start in the majors in which he held the Cubs to three runs (two earned) in four innings pitched. Espino still has to be added to the active roster, but that should occur sometime during the day Thursday.
Espino may be recalled from Triple-A to start Thursday's game against the Giants, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
McCalvy noted that Espino was a healthy scratch from his scheduled start Monday, so he seems to be in line to head back to Milwaukee for Thursday's series finale. No official word has been released yet, but he fared well enough in his last start with the Brewers (two earned runs on five hits in four innings) to warrant another look. He hypothetically lines up to face right-hander Johnny Cueto at Miller Park.
Espino was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.
Although Espino proved serviceable in his spot start Friday -- allowing three runs (two earned) while striking out three over four innings -- he'll head back to the minors with Junior Guerra (calf) expected to return from the disabled list in the coming week. It's a tough break for Espino, who waited 10 years in the minors to make his MLB debut, but he'll head back to Colorado Springs and await another opportunity with the big club. Tyler Cravy was recalled from Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.
Espino allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits while striking out three over four innings, but received no decision Friday against the Cubs.
Espino made his major league debut and was limited to 71 pitches and left the game with a 3-2 deficit, but the offense was able to take him off the hook for a potential loss by scoring twice in the fifth inning. With Junior Guerra (calf) potentially returning soon from the disabled list, Espino may not stick in the rotation for long. He'll make his next start Thursday against the Diamondbacks.
The Brewers selected Espino's contract from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Friday.
The 30-year-old right-hander will start Friday in Milwaukee's matinee against the Cubs, and left-hander Brent Suter was sent back to the Sky Sox in his place. Espino (4-0) has been brilliant in the Pacific Coast League, dealing a 2.54 ERA with a 9.2 K/9 and 1.2 BB/9, though his stay likely will be short despite Milwaukee moving Wily Peralta to the bullpen. Junior Guerra (calf) may return within the next week.
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