Lauer is one of three options to win the Brewers' fifth starter job, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. He was limited in spring training with a shoulder injury, but the shutdown period gave him the opportunity to get healthy and now he has a chance to open the year in the rotation. Lauer will be competing with Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta during summer camp. The Brewers could conceivably go with a six-man rotation where it's a tandem start on the sixth day, or they could just be very conservative with how deep they let the non Brandon Woodruff starters go.
Lauer (shoulder) should be healthy when play resumes, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Lauer was going to miss the beginning of the regular season due to some shoulder soreness that popped up in early March, but the injury was always considered minor, and with games not expected to take place until at least May he has ample time to recover. Lauer has remained at the Brewers' spring training complex in order to focus on his rehab, so barring a setback he should be good to go when players return to the field.
Lauer has a left shoulder impingement that is considered minor but will rule him out for the start of the regular season, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports. Lauer had seemed to have a good chance to break camp in the Brewers' rotation but now won't get he chance to do so. He'll resume playing catch later this week, so he shouldn't wind up missing too much time, but he's expected to head to the injured list to open the season. That leaves Freddy Peralta and Corbin Burnes as the primary contestants for the fifth starter spot in Milwaukee, though Lauer could get the chance to claim the job once healthy.
Lauer started Sunday's spring game against the Reds and tossed 2.1 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and posted a 5:0 K:BB. Manager Craig Counsell said about a week ago that Lauer was competing with Freddy Peralta for the fifth spot in the Brewers' starting rotation, and Lauer has responded, giving up just one earned run and posting a 7:1 K:BB in 4.1 innings over two outings. Peralta has pitched equally as well, so the two are seemingly neck-and-neck at this point.
Lauer is competing with Freddy Peralta for the fifth starter spot in the Brewers' rotation, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It seemed Lauer was a shoe-in for a rotation spot after the Brewers acquired him from the Padres in November, but he does not have a spot locked up just yet. The Brewers did exchange assets for Lauer, though, and he fared better than Peralta as a starter last season, so Lauer is likely the early favorite.
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