The brewers modified Krug Jordan Zimmermann’s pension plan

Jordan Zimmermann assumes that he was “retired” as a baseball player for about two hours on Thursday.

The veteran right-handed from Auburndale dropped a bullpen session on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers alternative training ground in Appleton and made his way to a spot he owns on the water in Eagle River with a day off scheduled for Wednesday Opt-out date in his Friday contract to be retrieved to the majors.

“I signed off on Thursday morning and two hours later (the brewers) called me and said, ‘We need a man,'” said Zimmermann on Friday. “I was pretty much about to retire. I think I was retired for about two hours.

“I was tired of driving an hour and a half one way to Appleton, so I called my agent and said, ‘I think I’m ready to hang them up. ‘He said, “OK, I’ll let them know.” He let her know Thursday morning and I think I got a call at 10 or 10:30 am asking if I could be here at game time. For me it was about six hours by car. “

When asked if it was a tough decision between possible retirement and trying with his home team, Zimmermann said, “No. I didn’t mean to say no. I wanted to be here all along. I was approaching my opt-out and didn’t get a call so thought it was probably time.

“That was my mentality, but at the same time I threw every day and stayed ready. I was able to throw a bullpen on Tuesday so I didn’t really miss much other than not throwing on Wednesday and playing catch during the game yesterday. “

After six years in Washington and five years in Detroit, Zimmermann, who will be 35 on May 23, signed a minor league contract with the Brewers inviting them to big league spring training. He did not make the opening roster, but went to the alternative training location by mutual agreement, with the opt-out on April 30th as security.

As it went at Appleton, Zimmermann said, “It was difficult. You try to be as competitive as possible. One inning, you have infielder and no outfielder. The next inning has outfielders and no infielder. It messes up your brain a bit. We did our best with what we had for the players. “

When Zimmermann joined the injured Brewers, there were two former UW-Stevens Point pitchers on the baton. JP Feyereisen, who was the biggest surprise in the Bullpen, was there a few years after Zimmermann, but always wondered what it would be like to have him as a team-mate.

“Yeah, I mean, it’s great for me and our team.” Said Feyereisen. “I think in spring training everyone loved having ‘Zim’ around. I’m really glad he’s here. It’s fun to play with and look up at him as a pointer.

How close Zimmermann was to completion, said Feyereisen: “This is something that I hope I won’t think about for a while. He’s been in the big league for him for almost 13 years. He said in spring training that this was the first time that he really had to fight for a place.

“Now I’m working at the alternative location and I finally say, ‘I think I’m done. ‘Now he’s back and hopefully he’ll throw the ball for us soon. It’s crazy to even think of shutting it down in order to fire it properly again. “

Craig Counsell, who had two pointers on the same pitching team, said, “Quite remarkable to have two Stevens Point kids playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. I don’t think anyone saw this coming. Just two state college kids playing for the Brewers are really, really cool. “

Feyereisen was acquired by the Brewers in September 2019 as part of a deal with the Yankees and made his big league debut last year with six games (0-0, 5.79 ERA). He worked hard in the off-season and won a job on the opening roster with a sensational spring camp that only allowed one hit over 9⅔ innings with two walks and 17 strikers.

Feyereisen was equally impressive during the regular season, allowing no earned runs over 14 appearances with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings. He has faced 48 batters and allowed four hits.

“That first month was good,” said Feyereisen. “It was a lot of help for me how our starters threw. It made it easier for all of us at the bullpen to come in and do our job based on what they’ve done in the last five, six, seven innings. “

Regarding his heavy workload, Feyereisen said: “That’s a good thing. For helpers, the more we get away from the bump, the more comfortable it is. Something crazy aside, I think I can keep throwing and see where it goes. “

Brandon Woodruff throws like an ace

Since Brandon Woodruff allowed three runs with six hits in four innings against the Minnesota Twins on the opening day, he’s been as good as Corbin Burnes (although admittedly he lacks the historic strikeout walk ratio of his counterpart).

In his four starts since then, the right-hander has accumulated a earned run average of 0.72, capped opposing thugs to a collective average of 0.088, and beaten 29 in 25 innings at 2-0. All four games were quality starts with the Brewers going 3-1 in their games.

Woodruff finished seventh in the major leagues and fifth in the National League for the season with 1.55 ERA, fifth in the majors and the NL with a whip of 0.72 and first in the majors and the NL with a batting average of 0.134.

And Woodruff actually limits left-handed people to a lower cumulative average (0.120) than right-handed people (0.149) with a similar number of record appearances (55 to 53).

It is expected to start against the Los Angeles Dodgers at American Family Field on Saturday night.

“I feel like I’m coming out of spring in a pretty good place and then I always tend to always start slowly for everything that first month it is,” said Woodruff. For his career, he stands 6-1 with an ERA of 3.49, a whip of 1.13 and 82 spikes in 69 innings over 16 appearances (12 starts).

“But I think this year went a little better. I think that just sums up a couple of innings and understands what to do well and see more teams and see more thugs. You have a better idea of ​​what you want to do, and I think it’ll just be a better pitcher – not a pitcher. Learning how to punch a little better.

“In the future, the only thing that matters most is consistency. It’s only five starts. They hope to get 30ish starts. There is still a long way to go and there is a lot of improvement and the realization that you may not have your best stuff every month or outing over the course of a season. “

bits and pieces

During his afternoon Zoom session with reporters, Counsell raised the following issues:

* If some of the 14 players on the list of injured people are activated soon: “As it goes, we don’t have any fixed dates at the moment. We have to see how the next few days go. I think during the road trip (next week to Philadelphia and Miami) some of them will come off. You can plan the road trip to be full from that perspective. “

* Why Daniel Vogelbach started on first base for the third time in a row instead of Keston Hiura: “Keston didn’t get going. Vogey (also) didn’t really get going. I think Vogey’s bats were pretty good. But Keston is got going. Keston will still be involved in games. With the four man bench, these guys will always be involved his man who I think swings the bat pretty well just isn’t quite rewarded for it we think there. “

If Eric Lauer gets another start after his five innings against the Dodgers on Thursday: “Eric will make his next start. We have some spots that some days are unknown until the next day off, but this fills one of the spots and helps us plan a bit. He was great. Eric took a big step forward and deserves another start. “

* How committed is he to giving the starters a five-day break whenever possible despite the injuries: “Just letting the boys rest for five days is really a long-term decision. It’s about the entire season and about who Bring guys in one. ” A good seat to the finish line in a really good place and ready to perform all season. So, if we can, at this point in the year we will likely tend to have times through the rotation that we don’t. We’ll just drive a normal four day route. Circumstances will at times dictate that we do something else. “

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