Brewers Finalize Deal with RHP Julian Tavarez

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers finalized a deal with Julian Tavarez, and he will be in uniform for Tuesday night's game against the Atlanta Braves.

The 35-year-old right-hander, cut loose by Boston earlier this month after going 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in nine relief appearances, worked out for the Brewers' staff in Washington on Sunday. He traveled back to Milwaukee with the team to take a physical.

The Brewers are looking to bolster a pitching staff that has been struggling with injuries and inconsistency all season.

To make room for Tavarez on the 25-man roster, Milwaukee optioned left-hander Zach Jackson to Triple-A Nashville.

The Brewers will be Tavarez's ninth team.

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