As Opening Day continues to creep nearer, the Milwaukee Brewers are getting closer to cutting down their roster to 25. They made a series of moves on Sunday, optioning relief pitcher David Goforth to minor-league camp while also informing non-roster invitees Eric Young, Jr., Will Middlebrooks, Jake Elmore, Shane Peterson, Manny Pina and Josmil Pinto that they would not be making to ballclub.
Goforth, 27, made his Major League debut with Milwaukee last season, making 20 relief appearances and going 1-0 with a 4.01 earned run average. He struggled some this spring however, allowing seven runs in eleven innings of work.
Young, a veteran with experience in the outfield as well as at second base, was in the mix for one of the Brewers vacant outfield positions this spring. He hit .286 in 17 games while swiping four bases in four attempts.
Middlebrooks, who was brought in to compete for the Brewers starting third base job, struggled mightily, batting just .195 in 16 Cactus League contests. The 27-year-old Texan managed just three extra-base hits in 41 spring at bats.
Elmore, 28, is a utility infielder who the Brewers signed during the offseason after he spent last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. He hit .273 in 15 games but wasn’t able to pass the likes of Yadiel Rivera, Colin Walsh and Hernan Perez on the Brewers depth chart.
Peterson, another veteran who saw action in 93 games for Milwaukee last season, was a bit of a forgotten man in the Brewers crowded outfield mix this spring. He hit just .200 in 17 spring games, managing only five hits in 25 at bats.
Pina, 28, was acquired from Detroit during the offseason as part of a trade that sent Francisco Rodriguez to the Tigers. He hit .286 in 13 Cactus League games for the Brewers, including a three run home run in Saturday’s contest against the Diamondbacks.
Pinto could still get his shot with the Brewers if/when Jonathan Lucroy is eventually traded and appears to be Milwaukee’s #3 catcher for the time being. He appeared in 14 spring games, hitting .267 with four doubles and will join Pina at Colorado Springs to start the season.