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Weekend Digest: Brewers fire Roenicke; Votto's ump bump; Mets call up Syndergaard

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MLB news from the past week.

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Brewers fire Ron Roenicke, hire Craig Counsell to be manager

It wasn't too long ago that the Brewers picked up Ron Roenicke's 2016 option, but Milwaukee's 7-18 start to the 2015 season prompted Doug Melvin to give Roenicke the pink slip. He was hired before the 2011 season and the Brewers reached the NLCS, but they haven't seen the playoffs since. Craig Counsell, who had been in the Brewers front office since 2012, will serve as interim manager.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia signs minor-league deal with Arizona

Salty signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins before the 2014 season, but in 123 games, he's hit just .209 with only 12 home runs and on April 27 was DFA'd before being officially released on Tuesday. He agreed to a minor-league deal with the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He's known more for his bat than his defense, ranking among the worst defensive catchers in the league.

Joey Votto suspended one game for bumping umpire

In the third inning of the CIN/PIT game Wednesday, Votto slammed his helmet and flung away his bat after striking out to end the inning. Between then and the bottom of the third, Votto was ejected and ran at umpire Chris Conroy. In doing so, he bumped Conroy, which meant automatic disciplinary action. He was served with a one-game suspension, which I think is appropriate considering his reputation.

Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino needs Tommy John surgery

Scratch off another one. Ottavino was the third different pitcher already this year to be closer for the Rockies; John Axford began the season as the closer, and then LaTroy Hawkins served that role when Axford left the team for a family emergency before the role went to Ottavino in mid-April.

Dillon Gee DL'd, Mets call up Noah Syndergaard

The Mets placed Dillon Gee on the 15-day DL Friday and called up top prospect Noah Syndergaard to start in his place on Tuesday against the Cubs. Syndergaard was chosen over fellow pitcher Steven Matz by reason of spending more time at Triple-A. Syndergaard has a 1.82 ERA in five starts with Las Vegas so far this year.