04/21/12 7:58 PM ET
Crew looks to fill in for Narveson from within
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
Friday callup McClendon knew he'd be up soon
MILWAUKEE -- When they met behind closed doors in the manager's office in Spring Training, Ron Roenicke did not exactly promise Brewers right-hander Mike McClendon, "You'll be back."But Roenicke made clear in that meeting, held to inform McClendon that he wouldn't be on Milwaukee's Opening Day roster, that the big right-hander would be high on the Brewers' list of in-season call-ups. "I told him we liked what we saw out of him [in Spring Training]," Roenicke said. "We've always liked what we've seen out of him because he's a strike-thrower. Myself, Rick [Kranitz, the pitching coach] and the guys upstairs are all comfortable with a guy who will come in and challenge people. You don't have to worry about him coming in and walking the bases loaded." The Brewers called-up McClendon on Friday to replace Marco Estrada, who moved from the bullpen to the starting rotation with lefty Chris Narveson sidelined by a shoulder injury. McClendon, 27, also appeared briefly in the Majors in 2010 and 2011. He has a 2.86 ERA in his first 26 big league appearances. "I'm just enjoying the moments I do have here," he said. "I know they were happy with how I showed up in spring and how I was throwing the ball in Spring Training. I definitely took that as a good [thing] and I kept it rolling through the beginning of the season. "I still feel like I did when I left Spring Training. This is the best, I feel, like I've been doing. The ball is coming out of my hand a little bit smoother than it has in the past. Stuff-wise, it's about as good as it has been, ever. And command has been there, too. Can't complain right now."
Melvin declined to say whether the Red Sox called about the Brewers' stable of outfielders, which includes prospects Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl. On Saturday, Boston traded for slumping Cubs veteran Marlon Byrd.