The Milwaukee Brewers have officially selected the contract of right-handed starting pitcher Paolo Espino from Triple-A Colorado Springs, the club announced on Friday morning. As a result of his Friday morning promotion, Espino will now get the start on the road at Wrigley Field against the rival Chicago Cubs.
In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Brewers have elected to option left-handed relief pitcher Brent Suter down to the same affiliate.
Although a 30-year-old hurler, Espino has never seen any big league action in a regulation game. While slated to make both his major league and Brewers debut on Friday afternoon, the Panamanian-born right-hander will be forced to take on the defending World Series Champion Cubs as his first test.
After making seven starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs thus far into the 2017 regular season, Espino will be starting in place of fellow right-hander Wily Peralta, who has moved to the Brewers’ bullpen.
On the other hand, the 27-year-old Suter is currently in the midst of his second season as a member of the Brewers. Spending his entire big league career with the club as it stands today, the up-and-coming southpaw has already made five relief appearances for the Brewers this season en route to a 4.91 ERA alongside five strikeouts and four walks over the course of 7.1 innings pitched.
For his big league career, Suter now sports a 3.72 ERA over the course of 19 regular-season appearances, two starts and an even 29 innings of work in all.