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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Brewers Release Five

From Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Right-hander Victor Santos, who spent most of the past two seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation, will not be back with the club in 2006.

Santos was one of five players the Brewers removed from their 40-man roster Friday, making room to protect minor-league prospects later in the off-season. The Brewers also dropped reliever Julio Santana, outfielder Chris Magruder, infielder Trent Durrington and minor-league pitcher Luis Peña, who is coming off surgery.

Santos, 29, began the season in the Brewers' rotation after going 11-12 with a 4.97 earned run average in 31 appearances (28 starts) in 2004. He pitched well for the most part in the first half, compiling a 3.50 ERA, but was 2-9 in 18 appearances, mostly due to a lack of run support.

But Santos became increasingly ineffective in the second half, going 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 11 outings (seven starts). He was removed from the starting rotation in late August and made only three relief outings in September.

"Victor pitched well in the first half and could have won seven or eight games if we scored some runs for him," general manager Doug Melvin said. "Then, when we did score some runs for him, he wasn't pitching so well.

"He could bounce back but we decided to look elsewhere."


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