MILWAUKEE -- Friday marked left-hander Wei-Chung Wang's 90th day in the Major Leagues, a milestone of sorts because of the regulations governing Rule 5 Draft picks.
To keep a Rule 5 pick, he must remain on his new team's roster for an entire season and must be active -- in other words, not on the disabled list -- for at least 90 days. Because Wang has now cleared the 90-day mark, he will remain under Brewers control for 2015 and beyond even if he spends time on the DL over the remainder of this season.
Officials in the Brewers' front office are maintaining a long view with Wang, 22, whom they want to get through the season so they can send him to the Minors next year to convert back to a starting role. They hoped Wang was advanced enough to contribute innings this year in long relief or in a mop-up role, but that has not happened. He pitched only 10 times in the Brewers' first 81 games and entered Friday with a 12.51 ERA. To remain in pitching shape, he occasionally throws pregame bullpen sessions.
"I think where we are and in the position we are at, when we have games to win, we need to do whatever it takes to win those games," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "If you are in a different position, there are some games he would have been in. My thoughts have changed on it. He needs some outings and development -- we're still conscious of that. I'm not downgrading what he does, but I can't take a chance on putting him in a game."