The Brewers will place right-hander Chase Anderson on the 10-day disabled list because of a stomach illness, according to a team announcement. His roster spot will go to righty Freddy Peralta, who’s coming up from Triple-A to make his major league debut Sunday.
Anderson was scheduled to take the ball Saturday in Colorado, but he was physically unable to pitch, leaving the Brewers to plug in lefty Brent Suter for a spot start. Suter struggled over five innings, and the Brewers dropped a 4-0 decision to fall to a still-solid 23-17 on the season. Some of Milwaukee’s success in 2018 has come thanks to Anderson, who leads the team in innings pitched (45.1) and ranks second among its starters in ERA (3.97).
While Anderson has prevented runs at a palatable clip, his other numbers aren’t particularly encouraging. Anderson’s strikeout (5.96 K/9) and walk (3.18 BB/9) rates have gone in the wrong direction since a breakout 2017, when he managed 8.47 and 2.61 in those categories, and he has only induced ground balls at a 36.4 percent clip. Thanks partially to his fly ball tendencies, Anderson has allowed 1.99 home runs per nine – up from .89 last season.
Anderson may well regress toward his subpar 6.02 FIP when he returns from the DL, but this is still an unfortunate development for the Brewers. They now have four established starters on the DL, with Jimmy Nelson, Zach Davies and Wade Miley being the others. Their injuries have opened the door for the 21-year-old Peralta, acquired as part of a 2015 trade with the Mariners centering on first baseman Adam Lind.
Peralta, who began his Brewers tenure at the Single-A level, now ranks as the club’s ninth-best prospect at MLB.com. He opened the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs, a difficult environment for pitchers, and posted a 3.63 ERA/3.12 FIP with 11.94 K/9, 4.41 BB/9 and a 53.6 percent grounder rate over 34 2/3 innings (seven starts).