According to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, the Brewers have released reliever Jesus Colome in order to free up a spot on the 40-man roster for another call-up.
Colome spent 17 days on the disabled list with a forearm strain, and was activated on Friday, though he has yet to pitch since his activation. Colome pitched just 6.1 innings for the Brewers, allowing four earned runs. For the season, he's struggled tremendously, posting a 7.59 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP through 21.1 innings. Opponents are hitting .362 against him. Assistant general manager Gord Ash said Colome "just wasn't consistent enough." Sounds like an understatement.
McCalvy speculates that the call-up will be either John Axford or Dave Johnson.
Axford, 26, has gone 9-1 and posted a 2.77 ERA through 45 appearances this year. Johnson, 27, was 3-1 with five saves and a 3.72 ERA. McCalvy says both pitchers would be added to the 40-man roster this winter anyway, in order to prevent them from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft.