With the Brewers not in a save situation heading into the ninth inning and top relievers Corey Knebel and Josh Hader both pitching an inning-plus the previous day, manager Craig Counsell turned to Barnes to finish Tuesday's contest, and he delivered. Barnes spent over two weeks in the minors during May due to some struggles, but he has been lights out since returning, allowing just three hits over seven scoreless innings while posting a 6:0 K:BB. He will mainly work in middle relief moving forward, but his return form bolsters an already formidable Brewers bullpen.
Barnes was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday.
Barnes will rejoin the Brewers' bullpen after spending the past two weeks in Triple-A, where he allowed two runs and posted a 4:4 K:BB over 4.1 innings of relief. The 28-year-old held a 2.84 ERA over 19 innings prior to his demotion earlier this month. Reliever Adrian Houser was optioned to Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.
Barnes was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise, but Barnes has struggled in four appearances (three innings) since the start of May, having allowed five runs (four earned) on 12 hits and a walk. The 28-year-old had a great 1.13 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 17 strikeouts over his first 16 innings of the season, and seems likely to return to the Brewers fairly quickly.
Barnes recorded just one out while giving up three hits and an earned run in Tuesday's victory over the Reds, but he did record his third hold of the season.
Barnes was not sharp Tuesday, serving up his first home run of the season and a couple other hits, but he was bailed out by fellow reliever Jeremy Jeffress, and his ERA only rose to 1.65. His WHIP did rise to 1.35, though, and he will likely need to bring that number down to keep his ERA tidy. Barnes was exceptional while converting a two-inning save April 18, but he has not seen a save opportunity since; and in fact, has not even pitched the ninth inning since that date. With Jeffress and Josh Hader both excelling in save situations of late and closer Corey Knebel (hamstring) nearing a return, Barnes is unlikely to be in the mix for saves anytime soon.
Barnes pitched 1.1 innings in Wednesday's victory over the Royals.
Barnes was not his sharpest, allowing two hits and walking a batter while not striking anyone out, but most importantly, he escaped the outing without allowing an earned run. Barnes notched a two-inning save last week against the Reds, but he has pitched in two games since and entered those games in the sixth and seventh innings, so he's not on the verge of taking over the closer duties for the Brewers. Given the way manager Craig Counsell has used his relievers of late, though, it's not out of the question that Barnes could be used next time a save situation arises.
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|2012||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||4||7||3.84||25||7||0||0||3||93.2||87||46||40||10||2||46||83|
|2013||AFA-Brevard County Manat||9||6||3.08||21||14||1||0||0||105.1||98||43||36||6||3||36||66|
|2014||AFA-Brevard County Manat||0||0||1.23||3||0||0||0||0||7.1||3||1||1||1||0||0||8|
|2016||AAA-Colorado Springs Sky||2||1||1.21||17||0||0||0||1||22.1||14||3||3||1||0||7||23|