Looking to add depth to their bullpen, the Brewers welcomed back a familiar face, claiming left-handed reliever Michael Kirkman off waivers from the San Diego Padres.
Kirkman, 29, was a fifth round draft choice of the Texas Rangers in 2005, and made his big league debut with the club in 2010. He appeared in 94 games with the Rangers from 2010-2014 but was released late into spring training last season.
The Brewers signed the veteran lefty to a minor league contract in April and assigned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs in May. He appeared in 33 games for the Sky Sox, going 3-1 with a 2.81 earned run average but despite solid numbers, he was released by Milwaukee in early August.
Kirkman signed on with the Padres prior to the start of the 2016 season and after five appearances for their Triple-A club in El Paso, he received a call-up to San Diego. He wound up making just one relief appearance for the Padres before being designated for assignment earlier this week.
No corresponding move has been announced yet to make room for Kirkman, but the Brewers did make one other roster move, bringing up pitcher Tyler Cravy from Colorado Springs to take the place of Wily Peralta, who was placed on the paternity list following the birth of his child. Cravy will make the start for the Brewers on Friday night in Cincinnati.