Milwaukee Brewers Release Randy Wolf

Starting pitcher Randy Wolf of the Milwaukee Brewers pauses as he works against the the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Brewers lefthander has had a tough year; now he's out of work.

Lefthander Randy Wolf had a fine year for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011, going 13-11 with a 3.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP. He was a solid piece of the rotation that helped the Brew Crew win the NL Central title, and he started and won a game in the NLCS against the Cardinals.

Fast-forward to 2012: The Brewers are in disarray due to free-agent departures, trades and injuries. And Wolf has had a miserable season; his ERA is two runs higher at 5.69 and he is leading the NL in hits and runs allowed, not categories a starting pitcher would be proud of.

That's why this comes as little surprise:

Bianchi, a second-round pick of the Royals in 2005, was claimed on waivers in January by the Brewers from the Cubs, a month after the Cubs had made a similar claim on him. This will be Bianchi's third stint with the Brewers this year; he went 0-for-13 the first two times.

The release is oddly timed, in one respect: today is Wolf's 36th birthday. Some birthday present, Brewers.

For more on the Brewers, please visit Brew Crew Ball.

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