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The Brewers announced that Woodruff's removal after three innings during his start Thursday against the Cubs wasn't due to an injury, Sophia Minnaert of Bally Sports Wisconsin reports. He departed with a 5-1 lead and gave up an unearned run on two hits and three walks while striking out three.

Woodruff initially appeared to have suffered a injury to his leg when he was struck by a Andrew Romine line drive that he corralled and tossed to first base for the final out in the bottom of the third. However, no physical issue was behind Woodruff's removal, and Brewers manager Craig Counsell may have just elected to end the All-Star right-hander's day early due to his poor control (74 pitches, 46 strikes). Given that Woodruff was pitching on four days' rest for only the second time all season due to Milwaukee having to shorten its rotation from six to five men with Eric Lauer and Adrian Houser on the COVID-19 injured list, the Brewers may have had additional incentive to pull Woodruff from the contest. He'll tentatively line up to make his next start in the Brewers' series in St. Louis next week.

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