The Brewers are remaining cautious with Knebel's (elbow) workload coming out of rehab, but he could be ready for Opening Day, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Even if he isn't ready for the start of the season July 23 or 24, he seems likely to be cleared shortly thereafter. Knebel completed a 15-pitch live batting practice session Saturday and pitching coach Chris Hook said he looked "really sharp." It remains unclear how manager Craig Counsell plans to distribute saves and late-inning opportunities between Knebel and Josh Hader, but both pitchers are expected to see plenty of high-leverage chances.
Knebel (elbow) has yet to advance beyond throwing bullpen sessions during his rehab program from last year's Tommy John surgery, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. If MLB hadn't suspended its season in mid-March, Knebel indicated that he would likely be in the midst of a rehab assignment at Triple-A San Antonio at this point in the calendar, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed his ability to even face hitters. While Knebel has been throwing "a lot of bullpens" amid baseball's hiatus, he'll still need to pass a few more checkpoints once teams resume training before he's deemed ready for game action. Fortunately for Knebel, the Brewers' healthy pitchers will all have to essentially go through another de facto spring training of their own to get their arms conditioned for game action, so Knebel still projects to be a member of the Milwaukee bullpen whenever the season resumes.
Knebel (elbow) should be ready to pitch when play resumes, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Knebel was going to miss the first month of the regular season while completing his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he was on track to be ready in early May. With Opening Day being pushed back at least until sometime that month, he should be available whenever things get underway. His status will be one to keep a keen eye on in the coming weeks, as a healthy and effective Knebel could jump into the closer mix for the Brewers.
Knebel (elbow) is throwing his bullpens at about 80 percent and is on track to return around the first week of May, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. This report contrasts with reports from late January, which stated that Knebel was expected back from Tommy John surgery in mid-April. It seems as though this is simply updated information, however, as there haven't been reports that he had suffered a setback. It remains to be seen whether Knebel will get to reclaim his role as the Brewers' closer when he returns, pushing Josh Hader back into a flexible high-leverage role, or if Hader will keep the job.
Knebel (elbow) reported no setbacks in his recovery Sunday and hopes to return from the injured list around mid-April, Scott Grodsky of CBS 58 News reports. The 27-year-old underwent Tommy John surgery in late March 2019, so a return in mid-April would essentially be a best-case scenario in his recovery. Knebel began throwing off flat ground in late July and is expected to resume mound work next week, per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Pitches and catchers report to spring training for the Brewers on Feb. 13, so more comprehensive updates for the right-hander should be on the horizon. Knebel figures to slot into a high-leverage role for the Brewers once healthy, though it remains to be seen whether he's able to unseat Josh Hader from the closer's role.
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