Fiers will be the fifth starter in the Brewers rotation while Estrada recovers from a strained quadriceps. Estrada suffered the injury last Wednesday against the San Francisco Giants as he was running the bases after hitting a two-RBI double in the second inning. Fiers will make a couple starts before Milwaukee sends him back down.
“We’re going to need two starts for sure, we feel,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “We don’t know how quickly Estrada is going to come; initially it was probably a little longer than just two starts, but he’s coming along pretty good.”
Many people believed Parra would be Estrada’s replacement in the rotation given his experience as a starter in the major leagues. Roenicke and no other Brewer official has stated why they have elected to go with Fiers opposed to Parra. The most obvious reason would be Parra is not stretched out to pitch a full game, whereas Fiers is.
Fiers was drafted by Milwaukee in the 22nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft out of Nova Southeastern University. He has moved his way up through the minor league affiliates and has spent part of the 2011 season as well as 2012 with Class AAA Nashville.
Fiers’ only time in the big leagues came last September with the Brewers. In two relief appearances he allowed two hits, three walks and struck out two batters in two innings pitched. He is currently 1-3 with a 4.42 ERA in 55 innings pitched for Triple-A Nashville.
Milwaukee sent down Mike McClendon to make room on the roster for Fiers. McClendon pitched in one game in the short time being called back up since late April. That appearance came on May 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
Fiers is one of several players getting a phenomenal opportunity they would not normally be getting this time of year due to the insurmountable injuries the Brewers have. He must take advantage and prove to the organization they made the right call by choosing him to start for Estrada.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have also called up a minor league pitcher to start Tuesday night’s game. Nathan Eovaldi will pitch in place of the injured Ted Lilly. Eovaldi is 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA at Class AA Chattanooga.