Brewers send relievers JC Mejía, Miguel Sánchez, Luis Perdomo

PHOENIX — Barring a move in the next few days — which certainly remains a possibility — the Milwaukee Brewers have set up their bullpen for Opening Day.

They reduced their reliever pool to 10 on Monday by opting for right-handers JC Mejía and Miguel Sánchez in Class AAA Nashville and reassigning right-hander Luis Perdomo to the minor league camp.

Utility Pablo Reyes was also opted for Nashville.

With those moves, the Brewers bullpen now looks like this: Josh Hader (closer), Devin Williams, Brad Boxberger, Aaron Ashby, Brent Suter, Jake Cousins, Trevor Gott, Jandel Gustave, José Ureña and Hoby Milner.

“We’ve made a decision in our bullpen where to start,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We have told the players who stay and who will, frankly, be sent off that they will be here during the season and there will be times when they will change places.

“But we felt that was the group we wanted to start with.”

Among Monday’s moves, Perdomo’s board would be considered at least a minimal surprise after leading Milwaukee 2-0 in five appearances (two starts).

Perdomo also posted a 1.23 ERA and 0.55 WHIP over 7⅓ innings.

“We’re going to see Luis Perdomo, and leave it at that,” Counsell said. “He threw really well and did everything we asked of him. He wasn’t on the roster, but I think we’ll see him again.”

Mejía, acquired from the Cleveland Indians in an offseason trade, wasn’t particularly impressive with a 4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and five strikeouts in 5⅔ innings in six appearances.

Sánchez, on the other hand, has neither scored nor allowed a hit in his five outings, striking out six in six innings.

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Reyes, meanwhile, hit .294 with two RBIs in more than eight games before leaving camp to tend to family business. He had not played since March 28.

With teams allowed to carry two additional players through April, the Brewers will more than likely use a 10-man bullpen with their rotation still a bit far from fully stretched, a problem caused by the delayed opening of spring camps. .

As currently constructed, Milwaukee’s relief corps will consist of six right-handers (Williams, Boxberger, Cousins, Gott, Ureña and Gustave) and four left-handers (Hader, Ashby, Suter and Milner).

“Hoby being left-handed helped him,” Counsell said of Milner.

Ashby has been lengthened as a starter this spring, so he will be able to provide length if needed while Suter, Milner and Gott should also be able to throw more than one inning.

Ureña, like Ashby, could serve as a man swinging between the rotation and the bullpen if necessary. He just signed with the Brewers last week and has only thrown once in the Cactus League, but hit 97 and 98 mph on his appearance.

“He threw 30 pitches, so we feel good about that,” Counsell said. “I wasn’t surprised (with the speed). This guy’s been in the big leagues for a while. He’s a veteran pitcher. He’s been around the corner and he’s been successful.”

Against the Colorado Rockies on Monday night in Scottsdale, the Brewers unveiled what will be very close to their Day 1 roster – 2B Kolten Wong, SS Willy Adames, LF Christian Yelich, DH Andrew McCutchen, 1B Rowdy Tellez, RF Hunter Renfroe , C Omar Narvaez, CF Tyrone Taylor and 3B Jace Peterson.

The only change against the Cubs, Counsell said, will be Lorenzo Cain starting at center ahead of Taylor. Cain has slowly scaled back his action so far in the spring, but has also played sparingly in games.

“Those will be several of the guys we rely on for our offense this year,” Counsell said. “We’re going to take advantage of our laterality to take advantage of teams later on, and things like that.”

Brewers 8, Rockies 7

Hunter Renfroe told Counsell before Monday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields that he wanted to play all nine innings.

He did, and his presence in right field saved a game finished almost exclusively by players in the lower tiers of Milwaukee’s minor league system.

With one out and the Rockies having already scored once, Renfroe caught a line drive off the bat from Colton Welker, then made a perfect pitch home run to throw in a marking baserunner to end the procedure in style.

“It was a fun game,” Counsell said. “Obviously a cool way to end the game. Perfect pitch. The young kids were awesome. They did a great job. They were so excited. They contributed and kind of led the comeback.

“So that was cool.”

Milwaukee hit 12 hits in all with Omar Narváez hitting his first homer of the spring in the sixth against former Brewer Jhoulys Chacín.

With the upper tiers of their minor league system having already left Phoenix for the start of their respective seasons, the Brewers have been forced in recent games to use young, untested players.

And in this one, they contributed to a victory.

Freddy Peralta made his last start in the spring, going 4 1/3 innings and allowing six hits, five runs and a walk with five strikeouts.

The Brewers wrap up the Cactus League game Tuesday with a 2:10 p.m. game against the Kansas City Royals at American Family Fields in Phoenix.

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