Earlier today, the Brewers placed Jesus Colome on the 15-day disabled list, calling up Chris Narveson to take his spot in the bullpen. Colome had been struggling with forearm soreness, and with the bullpen desperate for fresh arms after yet another round of short starts, a move probably had to be made before the Brewers began their series in Washington tonight.
Since Narveson was designated for assignment after his first big league stint this year, the Brewers had to make room for him on the 40-man roster. The roster casualty was catcher Carlos Corporan — he of the MLB career batting average of 1.000. I’m going to guess there’s a pretty good chance Corporan clears waivers and will stay in Nashville, considering he’s hitting .171 for the Sounds this year.
It’s not a very significant move, but reading between the lines, it probably increases the chances of Angel Salome seeing some more playing time come September — perhaps he’ll even get a few spot starts if the Brewers fall far enough out of the race and Doug Melvin wants to gauge if he’s ready for the big leagues in 2010.
As far as Narveson goes, maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give him a start or two to see how he handles it. He started a handful of games for the Sounds this year, and was a starter in the Cardinals’ system before succumbing to injuries. As David Hannes noted, Jeff Suppan was roughed up in what was supposed to be his final rehab start in Nashville (albeit by a very well hitting Sacramento club featuring highly touted prospects Brett Wallace and Aaron Cunningham). If Suppan is unable to return, what could it hurt to start a DiFelice or Narveson?