The Brewers announced that they have selected right-hander Thyago Vieira from Triple-A Nashville, with left-hander Clayton Andrews optioned in a corresponding move. They already had a vacancy on the 40-man roster.
Vieira, 30, got some limited major league action from 2017 to 2019, tossing 25 2/3 innings with a 7.36 earned run average for the Mariners and White Sox. His fastball averaged in the high 90s and he flashed some big strikeout numbers at times but also battled control issues.
He signed with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball prior to 2020 and spent three years with that club. He posted a 3.61 ERA over 92 appearances for them, striking out 26.2% of batters faced but walking 13.2% of them. The Brewers signed him to a minor league deal coming into this season and he has been with Triple-A Nashville for the year. He tossed 37 2/3 innings at that level with a 3.35 ERA, striking out 31.7% of opponents while limiting his walks to a 9.3% clip.
Based on his solid season of work at Nashville, the Brewers will give him his first shot at the big leagues since 2019 and see if he can carry over his results. If he does, he will give the club a boost for the playoff race, with the Brewers currently holding a lead of 2.5 games over the Cubs.