Figaro called up to bolster Brewers' bullpen

Figaro called up to bolster Brewers' bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Triple-A Nashville's Alfredo Figaro was fast asleep when his phone rang at 1:30 a.m. Saturday. He didn't recognize the number, so Figaro hung up.

When the same number immediately called back, Figaro answered.

The voice on the other line said, "You're going to The Show."

It was Sounds manager Rick Sweet, passing along the news that the Brewers, after being blown out by the Giants at AT&T Park, needed bullpen help. Figaro was summoned to temporarily take the roster spot of Jimmy Nelson, who was optioned to Class A Brevard County in a paper move but will still start against the Cubs on Monday, the date rosters expand.

Figaro's third stint with the Brewers came two days earlier than planned. He would have been one of the Brewers' September callups Monday anyway.

"My teammates asked me, but nobody told me anything so I just started packing my stuff," Figaro said. "I already had my stuff packed to go home."

Instead, his season will continue with a team trying to win a spot in the postseason.

"[We] needed an arm," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke, who had to burn three relievers including long man Marco Estrada in Friday's 13-2 loss. "We didn't have any length at all."

Figaro had a 3.71 ERA in 40 relief appearances and two starts at Nashville and last pitched Wednesday, allowing two earned runs in 2 1/3 innings. In two previous big league stints (one in late April and another in June), Figaro appeared in only two games.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.