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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Brewers Sign Winkelsas

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

Joe Winkelsas took a job as a garbage man, and it led him back to the Major Leagues. That's just another unlikely wrinkle in the amazing story of the newest Milwaukee Brewer.

Winkelsas, 32, learned late Monday night that he was headed back to the big leagues for the first time since 1999, when he pitched one-third of an inning for the Braves in the midst of personal turmoil that went well beyond the baseball diamond. A roster spot opened when the Brewers designated slumping reliever Justin Lehr for assignment.

"Sometimes a rocky road can lead to a beautiful place," said Winkelsas, who was initially mistaken by some teammates for a member of the Reds' clubhouse staff. "I've been given an opportunity, and I'm so grateful. I'm just going to go out and have fun."

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