Jorge Julio Released
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers made big changes to their thin bullpen on Tuesday.
One day after reliever Jorge Julio faced six batters and allowed five runs off two hits, two hit batters, a walk and an error, the Brewers released the right-hander who never quite caught on in a mop-up role.
Julio, who came into Monday night's game with a 4-2 lead, was thrust into an important situation in Milwaukee's 7-4 loss to the Marlins in the sixth inning because of the Brewers bullpen woes.
He imploded and the Brewers let him go Tuesday, calling up right-hander Mike Burns from Triple-A Nashville. Burns is 6-2 with a 2.98 ERA for the Milwaukee affiliate.
Julio appeared in 15 games, finishing 1-1 with a 7.79 ERA after signing a $950,000, one-year contract this offseason.
Brewers manager Ken Macha said after the loss that his bullpen was too thin to bridge the gap between the sixth inning and the setup relievers in front of closer Trevor Hoffman. Reliable reliever Mark DiFelice was also out with stiffness in his elbow.
Earlier Tuesday, the Brewers said that David Riske needed surgery on his right elbow.
Riske was scheduled Tuesday to have surgery on his elbow, but it wasn't immediately clear until Dr. Lewis Yocum started the work whether the right-hander needed full reconstructive repair that would sideline him for up to a year.
Riske was expected to be a key player and potential closer when he signed a $13 million, three-year deal with the Brewers before the 2008 season.
In his first season, he went 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA in 45 appearances before needing surgery in September to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.
He's made just one appearance this season, giving two runs before going on the disabled list on April 16 with a tight elbow.
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