Knebel (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Sunday. The move has been inevitable for some time as Knebel underwent Tommy John surgery during the first week of April. The 26-year-old has a significant path of recovery and rehab work ahead of him as he looks to return at some point in 2020.
Knebel will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Knebel had reportedly been dealing with elbow issues for years, but the problem finally got serious enough to require reconstructive surgery. He'll miss the entirety of 2019 and potentially a good portion of 2020 recovering from the procedure. In his absence, Josh Hader got the save on Opening Day. Hader should receive the majority of the opportunities going forward, though manager Craig Counsell could get creative if he wants to keep using Hader in high-leverage situations earlier than the ninth inning.
Knebel will decide Friday whether or not to undergo Tommy John surgery or attempt the rehab route with his injured elbow, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. The Brewers placed him on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. Knebel has solicited several opinions in regards to his injured elbow, and he is now on the verge of deciding whether to undergo season-ending surgery, or attempt to work through the injury in an effort to return to action at some point this season. One way or another, Knebel is looking at an extended absence; but fantasy players and the Brewers should ultimately know just how long he will be out at some point Friday. Knebel was in line to open the season as the Brewers' closer, with the combination of Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) and Josh Hader pitching in front of him. Jeffress is dealing with an injury of his own and is expected to open the season on the injured list, but he is on track to return at some point in April. Until then, Hader and another pitcher or two -- Taylor Williams and Jacob Barnes are names to note -- will handle the ninth-inning duties for the Brewers.
Knebel's plan of action for his partial UCL tear won't be determined until next week, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Knebel has pitched through a minor elbow problem for the past four years and has had excellent results, so specialists will have to determine how much of the damage is new and how much he'll be able to shake off. Rehab and surgery are his two options, and neither will be a short process. With Jeremy Jeffress also set to miss time with a shoulder injury, Josh Hader could be used in save situations early in the season. The Brewers have also been linked to free agent Craig Kimbrel.
Knebel (elbow) has a UCL issue, and while it's not a complete tear, he will get a second opinion, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Manager Craig Counsell also elaborated that Knebel has pitched with some form of the injury for a while and that the issue isn't necessarily season-ending. However, Knebel will almost certainly not start the season on time. With Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) also battling injury, Josh Hader may be in line for the bulk of save opportunities early on.
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