Barrios (shoulder) was reassigned to minor-league camp Wednesday.
This comes as no surprise, as the fireballer is still in the midst of recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent last April. Barrios expects to be out for another month or so, but he could push for a major league bullpen spot if he can get back to his previous form.
Barrios (shoulder) said that he was "at least two months away from completing his rehab" back in mid-February, Brian Bergner of the Associated Press reports.
Although this timetable means that he likely won't be ready for the start of the regular season, the 25-year-old doesn't appear to have experienced any setbacks in his recovery process. Barrios will likely be sent down to minor league camp soon, where he'll continue ramping up his activity in preparation for his 2017 debut.
Barrios became a free agent earlier this week after being outrighted to Triple-A, but he decided to rejoin the Brewers for another season. Barrios is still working his way back from rotator cuff surgery, but his contract includes an invitation to spring training, so he will get a chance to compete for a spot in the big league bullpen if healthy.
Barrios declined his outright assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday, making him a free agent.
Barrios underwent rotator cuff surgery in April, which could harm his market value a bit. Despite this, he did perform well in a brief cup of coffee with the Brewers in 2015 (0 ER, 7 K in 6.2 innings pitched), so he could attract some interest if he can get back to 100 percent in a timely manner.
Barrios (shoulder) was outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Tuesday.
The Brewers need to clear some room on the 40-man roster to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. Barrios will serve as organizational bullpen depth once he is fully recovered from rotator cuff surgery he underwent in April.
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