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The Brewers have one lefty, Will Smith, with a bullpen spot assured. Morales, fellow non-roster invitee Chris Capuano and recently acquired Sean Nolin (who is on the 40-man roster and out of options) are vying with a group of right-handers for one of the other bullpen openings.
Would manager Craig Counsell prefer to break camp with two left-handers in the bullpen?
"No, my preference is to have guys that get left-handed hitters out," Counsell said. "That doesn't mean left-handed."
The Brewers have at least two right-handers already ticketed for the bullpen who have "reverse splits," meaning they have been more effective in the Majors against left-handed batters than right- handed ones. Tyler Thornburg has held lefties to a .575 OPS -- 201 points lower than right-handers. Michael Blazek has held left-handers to a lower batting average (.186) than right-handers (.226).
Morales, 30, made 67 regular-season relief appearances for the Royals last season with a 3.18 ERA, then made three more appearances in the postseason. He amassed 107 plate appearances against left- handers during the regular season and held them to a .199 batting average.
"It's a 'do good' deal," Counsell said. "We'll take a look at it. He just gives us a wider choice of options."
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