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Top Rowdy Tellez News

  • Pirates' Rowdy Tellez: Lands with Pittsburgh

    Tellez signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Pirates on Tuesday, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.

    Tellez spent over two seasons with the Brewers, and he will remain in the NL Central to fill the Pirates' opening at first base. The 28-year-old slugger took a major step back in 2023, slashing .215/.291/.376 with 13 home runs -- only one of which came after May 23. Despite his recent struggles, Tellez should begin the season as Pittsburgh's primary first baseman, though he will likely step out of the lineup against lefties in favor of Jared Triolo or Connor Joe.

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  • Rowdy Tellez: Dropped by Milwaukee

    Tellez became a free agent Friday after being non-tendered by the Brewers, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports.

    Tellez slashed just .215/.291/.376 over 105 games (351 plate appearances) in 2023 and was left off the roster for the Brewers' NL Wild Card Series matchup against the Diamondbacks. He popped 35 home runs in 2022 and is only 28 years old, but it's a tough market out there for 1B/DH types.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Left off NL Wild Card Series roster

    Tellez is not on the roster for the Brewers' NL Wild Card Series matchup against the Diamondbacks.

    Jesse Winker (quad/back) essentially made the roster instead. Tellez, 28, slashed just .189/.262/.216 with zero home runs over his final 42 regular-season plate appearances. He hit only one total homer after May 22.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Taking seat Wednesday

    Tellez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Pirates.

    Tellez hasn't been given a ton of playing time since he returned from the injured list last month, with this marking his fifth straight game on the bench. He did receive a couple pinch-hitting opportunities over that span, but Tellez is looking at a secondary role down the stretch. Christian Yelich is getting a start in the designated hitter spot Wednesday, with Tyrone Taylor covering left field.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Sitting against righty

    Tellez is not in Monday's lineup against the Pirates.

    Tellez typically sits against lefties, as he did Sunday against Ranger Suarez and the Phillies, but now he's taking a seat for the second game in a row against a righty (Luis Ortiz) -- he also sat Saturday against Aaron Nola. Carlos Santana will start at first base while William Contreras starts at designated hitter.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Idle against southpaw

    Tellez isn't in the Brewers' lineup Sunday against Philadelphia.

    With lefty Ranger Suarez set to start for the Phillies, Tellez will retreat to the bench Sunday. William Contreras will serve as Milwaukee's designated hitter with Victor Caratini behind the plate, and Carlos Santana will start at first base.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Not starting Saturday

    Tellez isn't in the Brewers' lineup Saturday against the Phillies.

    Tellez will get a breather Saturday after going 3-for-10 with three RBI across his last five games. Christian Yelich will serve as Milwaukee's DH with Mark Canha in left field, and Carlos Santana will get the nod at first base.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Sitting against lefty

    Tellez is absent from the lineup Tuesday against the Cubs.

    Mark Canha will play first base and William Contreras will serve as the Brewers' designated hitter as they take on left-hander Justin Steele. The left-handed-hitting Tellez has slashed just .175/.267/.250 in 45 plate appearances versus southpaws this year.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Drives in four runs

    Tellez went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Friday's win over the Padres.

    Tellez ripped a three-run homer in the third inning and also tacked on an RBI single. Between poor performance and a lengthy stint on the injured list, it was his first long ball since May 22. During that 38-game homerless drought, he posted a brutal .160/.215/.200 slash line. Tellez now owns a .686 OPS with 41 RBI and 13 home runs through 82 games.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Absent from lineup again

    Tellez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Tellez started in both of the Brewers' first two games after he was reinstated injured list over the weekend, but the lefty-hitting first baseman/designated hitter has now been on the bench for the last two contests even as the Brewers have faced right-handers on both occasions. He was also removed for a pinch hitter in his first game back. Tellez should still ultimately see plenty of starts in the DH spot for Milwaukee, but perhaps not enough for him to be a viable mixed-league option outside of the deepest leagues. William Contreras is in the DH spot Wednesday, with Victor Caratini catching.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: On bench Tuesday

    Tellez is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Twins.

    Tellez is being eased back into action after returning Saturday from a six-week IL stint to heal a bout of right forearm inflammation. Mark Canha will serve as the Brewers' designated hitter Tuesday versus Minnesota as Carlos Santana covers first base.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Weekend return likely

    Tellez (finger) will likely return during the Brewers' weekend series against Texas, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Tellez has already been ruled out for Friday's series opener against the Rangers, but a return to the Brewers' lineup seems imminent. Manager Craig Counsell previously noted that the team wanted Tellez's bat to heat up in Triple-A before activating him from the IL, and the slugger has gone 5-for-13 with a homer and five RBI across his last three games. Once he returns, Tellez will presumably take over as the primary DH with Carlos Santana, a superior defensive player, now manning first base.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Activated from IL

    The Brewers activated Tellez (finger) from the injured list Saturday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    The Brewers said they wanted Tellez to heat up in the minors before they bring him back to the active roster, and with five hits in his last three games, Tellez has done just that. Now that he's healthy, the left-handed Tellez will likely start most often against right-handed starters with the switch-hitting Carlos Santana drawing starts against lefties. Abraham Toro was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: On assignment through LAD series

    Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Tuesday that Tellez (finger) will remain on his rehab assignment through at least the end of Milwaukee's series against the Dodgers, Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    Counsell said the Brewers are hoping to get Tellez's bat going in the minors before bringing him back to the big-league squad. He's just 2-for-18 through five games with Triple-A Nashville and has been a liability at the plate (.410 OPS) for Milwaukee since belting his last home run May 22.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Rehab stint on tap

    Manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Tellez (finger/forearm) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

    The 28-year-old had the stitches removed from his fractured left ring finger July 25 and has been cleared for game action after ramping up his baseball activities over the past week and a half. Tellez initially landed on the shelf in early July with forearm inflammation, but that injury no longer appears to be a concern. Depending how many games he'll require during the rehab assignment, Tellez could be back with the Brewers as early as next weekend's three-game series against the White Sox.

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  • Brewers' Rowdy Tellez: Getting stitches removed Tuesday

    Tellez (forearm) said that he'll have 17 stitches removed from his fractured ring finger Tuesday, and he expects to resume swinging a bat as soon as Wednesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

    Tellez was initially placed on the 10-day injured list July 5 with right forearm inflammation, but he appeared on pace to get activated at some point this past week before he fractured his ring finger while shagging a fly ball July 15. Now one week into an expected 3-to-4-week recovery, Tellez looks to be progressing as anticipated but still has a few more hurdles to clear before his return can be considered imminent. Owen Miller will likely continue to serve as the Brewers' primary first baseman until Tellez is back in the fold.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 270 lbs
Birthplace: Sacramento, CA
Age: 28
Experience: 5
Bats/Throws: L, L