According to an official statement released by the club on Monday afternoon, the Milwaukee Brewers have claimed right-handed pitcher Steve Geltz off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. In a corresponding roster move, the Brewers have elected to designate outfielder Adam Walker for assignment.
The 25-year-old Walker was originally selected by the Minnesota Twins in the third-round of the 2012 MLB Draft while he has yet to make his major league debut.
On the other hand, the 29-year-old Geltz will now be suiting up for his third big league franchise. After spending 2012 with the Los Angeles Angels, he moved on to Tampa Bay while making appearances for the Rays in each of the last three seasons. While appearing in just two games as a member of the Angels, Geltz has since made 11, 70 and 27 appearances – respectively.
Last season, in what would become his final stint with the Rays, the right-handed relief pitcher amassed 26.2 innings of work and a career-high 5.74 ERA across 27 outings. Registering one hold and one blown save, Geltz also added a 0-2 record and 23 strikeouts against nine walks.
In 2015, he produced a 3.74 ERA across 70 appearances and a total of 67.1 innings pitched. During that span, he posted a 2-6 record, two saves, 20 holds and three blown saves alongside 61 strikeouts against 26 walks.
Upon making his way to Milwaukee, Geltz will be joining the league’s 12th-best relief staff as the Brewers posted a 3.61 bullpen ERA in 2016.