Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 8/22/12
With the season winding down, the Milwaukee Brewers are auditioning young pitchers for next season's rotation. Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf isn't young, and he isn't part of next season's plans -- he was released Wednesday morning on his 36th birthday. In the final year of a three year, 29.75 million contract, Wolf has struggled. In 24 starts for Milwaukee, Wolf is 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA in 142 13 innings. Signed before the 2010 season, Wolf was a key member of the Brewers' rotation in 2010 and '11. In 2010, Wolf was 13-12 with a 4.17 ERA in 215 23 innings. In 2011, he was 13-10 with a 3.69 ERA in 212 13 innings. With others in the rotation struggling, Wolf's most memorable moment as a Brewer came in Game 4 of the 2011 National League Championship Series. He helped Milwaukee even the series at 2-2 by allowing only two earned runs in seven innings. The Brewers already have begun to audition younger pitchers for future rotation spots and plan to do more of that down the stretch. With veteran Shaun Marcum set to return from elbow problems soon, Wolf was the odd man out. Infielder Jeff Bianchi was called up from Triple-A Nashville to replace Wolf on the roster. Wolf finishes his career in a Brewers uniform with a 29-32 record and a 4.37 ERA in 92 games and should have a good chance to be picked up by a contending team in need of starting pitching. In 14 major league seasons, he is 130-117 with a 4.19 ERA.
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