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Halton down as Wooten brought up to bolster 'pen

Halton down as Wooten brought up to bolster 'pen

Halton down as Wooten brought up to bolster 'pen

MILWAUKEE -- After Thursday's 10-8 loss to the Padres, the Brewers received some pitching help, optioning infielder Sean Halton to Triple-A Nashville and selecting right-handed reliever Rob Wooten's contract.

Wooten will join the Brewers' bullpen for Friday's game when the team starts a seven-game road trip in Colorado.

Halton hit .200 over 19 games with the Brewers, with one home run and two RBIs in 45 at-bats.

"[Wooten has] got a nice cutter, locates the ball well," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He doesn't walk a lot of people, he throws strikes. You can trust to bring him into a ballgame and he'll put the ball over the plate. He's done a really nice job this year."

Wooten had a 2.94 ERA and 20 saves in 40 appearances with the Sounds this season. He struck out 45 hitters and walked 12 in 52 innings.

Roenicke said a motive for Wooten's callup was playing three games at the hitter-friendly Coors Field, followed by four games in three days at Wrigley Field.

"We need a little help in our bullpen, just where we were today," Roenicke said.

Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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