Williams returned to action in 2017 after missing the previous two seasons due to an elbow issue that eventually required Tommy John surgery. While he's worked primarily as a starter throughout his career, the 26-year-old excelled as a reliever last season, posting a 2.08 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings of relief with Double-A Biloxi and a 1.93 ERA and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings out of the Brewers' bullpen. His role for 2018 should start to come into focus closer to spring training.
Williams was recalled from Double-A Biloxi on Friday.
This will be the big-league debut for the 26-year-old righty, who has never pitched above Double-A. That said, he has the stuff to make an impact out of the Brewers' bullpen over the final month. While he has pitched primarily as a starter in the minors, Williams posted a 2.08 ERA, 0.77 WHIP and 16 strikeouts in 13 innings as a reliever with Biloxi. He won't pitch in many high-leverage situations this season, but he could develop into a late-inning arm in the coming years.
Williams (undisclosed) is back in action for Double-A Biloxi. He fired a scoreless inning while striking out two as a reliever last weekend.
While Williams has primarily operated as a starter this season for the Shuckers, the Brewers appear to be transitioning the 26-year-old righty to a relief role. He is on the 40-man roster, so it would make sense to get a look at him out of the big-league bullpen in September before having to make a decision regarding his 40-man status this offseason.
Williams was placed on the disabled list with Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday with an undisclosed issue, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Although little is known about the injury itself, McCalvy does note that it has nothing to do with his arm and doesn't seem to be very serious. With this in mind, he could return after the minimum 7-day stay on the disabled list, but a better timetable should come forth once he's able to ramp up his activity again.
Williams was sent to Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.
He missed 2015 and 2016 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Brewers will ease him back, and save him from an initial trip to the hitter's haven at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Williams has not pitched above High-A, and only logged 25.1 innings at that level prior to his surgery, so he might spend the entire year at Double-A. He profiles as a potential back-end starter.
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