Woodruff was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs following Wednesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
He struck out three over two perfect innings to close out a 9-2 win, and is rewarded with a trip to the Pacific Coast League. Thursday's starter, Zach Davies, was activated from the disabled list as a corresponding move. Woodruff should continue to be shuttled back and forth between Triple-A and the big leagues this season, but it seems like the Brewers prefer him as a multi-inning reliever going forward.
Woodruff's last two appearances for the Brewers were both starts, and he had his best outing of the season his last time out, giving up only a two-run home run and no other hits over five innings while picking up his second win of 2018. However, with Chase Anderson coming off the disabled list Monday and Zach Davies (shoulder) doing the same soon, a couple pitchers needed to be removed from the rotation, and Woodruff -- along with Freddy Peralta -- was one of them. Woodruff will garner consideration next time the Brewers need to add a starter into the rotation, and because of that, the team could decide to send him back to Triple-A at some point in order to keep him stretched out.
Woodruff (2-0) earned the win Wednesday, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks while striking out six over five innings against the Diamondbacks.
Woodruff allowed a two-run homer in the first inning to the third batter he faced, but that would be the only hit he'd allow in this one. Though the four walks over five frames aren't great, it was a nice rebound effort overall after the 25-year-old was lit up for seven runs on nine hits in just three innings his last time out. With Chase Anderson (illness) due back from the disabled list Monday, it's unclear if Woodruff will get another turn through the rotation or slide back into a bullpen role.
It wasn't immediately clear if Woodruff would receive another turn through the rotation after getting blasted for seven runs over three innings at Coors Field on Friday, but he'll be afforded at least one more start with Zach Davies (shoulder) not on track to return until at least next week. If the Brewers are confident that one of Davies or Chase Anderson (illness) are ready to come off the 10-day disabled list by the beginning of their homestand May 21, Woodruff would see unlikely to garner any further starts for Milwaukee beyond Wednesday. Freddy Peralta, who struck out a franchise rookie record 13 hitters in Sunday's win over the Rockies, seems to have surpassed both Woodruff and Brent Suter in Milwaukee's hierarchy of spot-start options.
Woodruff allowed seven runs on nine hits in a no-decision against the Rockies, striking out one and walking one in three innings.
Woodruff had a rough night in his second start of the season, needing 81 pitches (50 for strikes) to get through three innings. Only three of the nine hits allowed went for extra bases, but he nonetheless labored through the start and wasn't really fooling the Rockies' lineup. In eight starts last year, Woodruff went 2-3 with a 4.81 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. If Zach Davies remains on the disabled list and Woodruff fills his vacancy, he would face the Diamondbacks in Arizona in his next start.
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