Kelvim Escobar's comeback attempt with the Milwaukee Brewers is over before it started.

The team gave the right-handed reliever his unconditional release Sunday morning, one week after he made his lone appearance for the team.

Escobar lasted just two-thirds of an inning in that outing before experiencing control problems stemming from weakness in his throwing hand.

Escobar was diagnosed with a pinched nerve but had thrown just one bullpen session in the interim.

Well-stocked with young relievers and with Escobar facing long odds of making the opening-day roster, the decision was made after a couple days of talks between the Brewers and Escobar's agent to give the 36-year-old his release.

"(Assistant general manager) Gord (Ash) has been talking to his agent, who's in town, and trying to figure out what's the best way to do it with 'Escy' " manager Ron Roenicke said. "If we waited until the end, it's not necessarily fair to him if we don't think he's going to make our team.

"So this allows him to go out a little earlier to try to hook on with somebody and to try and get a better shot at making a club. It's tough for us because of the way we feel about him, the way I feel about him and Gord's the same way, with the history he's had with him.

"He's a quality person, he's had a great career and he's busted his tail to try to come back after a couple years off with an injury. You always feel for guys like that."

Escobar, who has pitched in just one major-league game since 2007 because of multiple shoulder injuries, was realistic about the situation.

"I understand the business side - I've been around this game for a long time," he said. "First of all, there's a lot of good, young arms here. Good, young pitching that came to camp and is throwing the ball well.