MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers gave top prospect Wily Peralta
a copy of the lineup card from Sunday's loss to the Rockies, a memento of Peralta's Major League debut. He was excited for the chance to show it off to family and friends in the Dominican Republic.
That will have to wait, because there's plenty of season left. Peralta was optioned back to Triple-A Nashville on Monday after the Brewers beat the Astros, 6-5, clearing room for reliever Kameron Loe to return from the bereavement list in time for Game 2 of the series on Tuesday. Peralta is now Milwaukee's top option should something happen to a member of the starting rotation.
"It was great, the first day being on the Major League mound," Peralta said. "When you start playing baseball, you think about being a big league pitcher. I wasn't nervous."
The Brewers have already needed one replacement for the rotation. Marco Estrada moved up to replace left-hander Chris Narveson, who was waiting for final word Monday about whether he'd need surgery for a torn rotator cuff.
Peralta pitched the ninth inning against the Rockies with the Brewers trailing, 3-1, and surrendered a run on three hits. He pitched mostly with his fastball, which touched 97 mph on strike three to Tyler Colvin, Peralta's first Major League strikeout victim.
"That was nice," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He [also] threw a couple of nice breaking balls. But it's just getting over the nerves, and he'll be fine."
Peralta is listed as Nashville's probable starter for Thursday.