Milwaukee Brewers designate struggling pitcher Josh Lindblom for assignment

Apr 23, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Lindblom (29)) delivers against the Chicago Cubs din the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Milwaukee Brewers designated right-hander Josh Lindblom for assignment and recalled left-hander Eric Lauer prior to Wednesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres.

Lauer started the game against the Padres, his former team.

Lindblom, who turns 34 on June 15, struggled mightily this season and had a 9.72 ERA in eight relief appearances.

Opposing batters had a .324 average and .424 on-base percentage against Lindblom, who was in the second season of a three-year, $9.125 million deal.

“It just hasn’t gone great for Josh this year, unfortunately,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told reporters. “He’s an incredibly hard worker, a great teammate. He’s tried to figure it out. It just unfortunately hasn’t been going his way this year. At this point, we just needed to get more production out of that spot, and so we designated him for assignment.”

Lindblom has a 7-12 record and 4.78 ERA in 134 appearances (16 starts) with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2011-12), Philadelphia Phillies (2012), Texas Rangers (2013), Oakland Athletics (2014), Pittsburgh Pirates (2017) and Brewers (2020-21). He also spent parts of five seasons pitching in South Korea.

Lauer, who turns 26 on June 3, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. He went 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in four appearances (two starts) with Milwaukee earlier this season.

Lauer is in his second season with the Brewers after spending his first two in San Diego. He is 15-20 with a 4.65 ERA in 61 career appearances (56 starts).

–Field Level Media