Manager Craig Counsell said Woodruff (hamstring) is expected to miss more than the 10-day minimum, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
While the injury doesn't appear to be anything overly serious, Counsell made it clear that the young pitcher would be out longer than the minimum DL stint. "It's a hamstring strain," the manager said. "It'll be more than 10 days." Woodruff is expected to see the Brewers' doctor once the team returns from St. Louis on Thursday, at which point there should be a firmer timetable for his recovery.
Woodruff was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with right hamstring tightness.
It turns out that the pregame injury that caused Woodruff to be scratched from his MLB debut Tuesday against the Cardinals is severe enough to warrant a trip to the disabled list. Paulo Espino was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.
Woodruff was scratched from his scheduled start Tuesday against the Cardinals due to right hamstring tightness.
This is a tough break for Woodruff, who was in line to make his MLB debut after holding his own at hitter-friendly Colorado Springs. Not much else is known at this point given the vague diagnosis, but an update on his condition should become available in the near future. Southpaw Brent Suter will now start Game 1 of the doubleheader in his place.
Woodruff becomes the fourth top-10 prospect in the Brewers organization in just over a week to receive the call to the big leagues, following in the footsteps of outfielder Brett Phillips, pitcher Josh Hader and outfielder Lewis Brinson. The 24-year-old's 4.12 ERA and 1.25 WHIP over 63.1 innings at Triple-A don't look impressive on the surface, but considering that he pitches in one of the least forgiving home parks in the minors, Woodruff has acquitted himself quite well. The Brewers will see how Woodruff fares in his MLB debut before deciding whether to keep him around beyond Tuesday, but he could end up settling in as the club's fifth starter in the event Matt Garza (chest) isn't ready to come off the disabled list by the weekend.
Woodruff owns a 3.36 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 59:17 K:BB in 61.2 innings over 11 starts with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season.
Woodruff is pitching at the Triple-A level for the first time and in a tough pitching environment to boot, but neither has proved to be a major obstacle up to this point. Last year's minor league pitcher of the year for the Brewers, Woodruff should garner consideration next time to the Brewers need to call up a starter from the minor-league ranks.
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