McClung with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009
February 7, 1981 |
Lewisburg, West Virginia
|March 31, 2003, for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 4, 2009, for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||5.46|
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
He started the 2007 season in Triple-A Durham of the International League, before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Grant Balfour on July 27. He was then assigned to the Nashville Sounds of the Pacific Coast League before being called up to Milwaukee on August 21, making his debut with the Brewers in a relief appearance on the same day.
He began the 2008 season in the Brewers bullpen, later being moved into the rotation in place of Carlos Villanueva. His first appearance as a starter for Milwaukee was against the Washington Nationals on May 24. After the Brewers traded for CC Sabathia, McClung and Dave Bush shared a spot in the rotation with Bush pitching on the road and McClung pitching at home. This experiment ended on August 2, with Bush taking the rotation spot and McClung moving to the bullpen. Late in the season, after impressive relief outings for the Brewers against the Chicago Cubs, his nickname 'Big Red' began to stick on account of his stature and pitching command and velocity.
On February 1, 2010, McClung signed a minor league contract with the Florida Marlins with an invite to spring training. He was released on March 30.
Second Stint with Brewers
On January 10, 2012, McClung signed a minor league deal with the Brewers. On July 31, McClung was released. He went 2–13 with a 6.36 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts) with Triple-A Nashville.
McClung signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 20, 2013. He was released on March 22, 2014.