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Swindle recalled to fill role in bullpen

Swindle recalled to fill role in bullpen

MILWAUKEE -- With Carlos Villanueva moving into the starting rotation, the Brewers recalled left-handed reliever R.J. Swindle from Triple-A Nashville on Monday to shore up their bullpen.

To make room for Swindle, the Brewers optioned right-hander Mike Burns to Nashville. Burns was 2-3 in five starts with a 7.20 ERA, prompting the Brewers to send him down.

Swindle, along with current left-handed specialist Mitch Stetter, gives the Brewers two lefties coming out of the bullpen as they prepare to face two powerful left-handed sluggers in Washington's Adam Dunn and San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez.

"It was good to get another lefty," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "You have to have a way of [getting through] the sixth inning and not burning your only lefty."

Swindle allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings over two brief stints with the big league club this year, but has been nearly unhittable at Nashville. In 31 relief appearances there, he posted a 1.03 ERA with a 0.98 WHIP. Left-handed hitters are hitting .148 against Swindle, who elicits 'oohs' and 'ahhs' with his super-slow curveball.

Cash Kruth 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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