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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Bottalico out, Helling in



Unable to find a taker on the trade market, the Brewers designated slumping reliever Ricky Bottalico for assignment on Wednesday. The team has 10 days to trade the veteran or place him on release waivers.

To fill the roster spot, the team purchased right-hander Rick Helling's contract from Triple-A Nashville for use in long and middle relief.

"[Helling] had been throwing really well down there in Nashville," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We're just trying to find ways to get us a little more consistency."

Consistent is exactly what the 35-year-old Bottalico had not been of late. He slipped out of the late-inning setup mix with a 9.00 ERA in nine appearances this month, and opponents were batting .324 against him in July.

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