Cousins tossed a scoreless eighth inning and picked up his sixth hold of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Giants. With setup man Devin Williams unavailable Wednesday manager Craig Counsell turned to Cousins, and although he allowed a double and walked a batter, he also prevented either runner from crossing the plate while picking up two strikeouts. Cousins' 17-appearance scoreless streak was snapped in late August, but he has still given up just two earned runs over 24 innings out of the Brewers' bullpen this season.
Cousins (illness) was activated off the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday. Cousins tested positive for the virus at the end of July, but his battle with the illness evidently wasn't a particularly long one. The Brewers will be quite happy to see him back in the bullpen, as he's had a dominant start to his big-league career, striking out 20 batters in 14.1 scoreless innings of work while allowing just four hits and five walks.
Cousins could be reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list as early as Tuesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. Cousins landed on the COVID-19 IL at the end of July after he tested positive for the virus, but he's now cleared re-entry testing. While the righty won't return for Monday's series opener against the Cubs, he has a strong chance to rejoin the bullpen ahead of Tuesday's contest.
Cousins was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday. Per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Cousins has tested positive for the virus himself. That indicates he'll miss more than just a day or two, though exactly when he'll return is unclear.
Cousins (1-0) picked up the win in a 5-0 victory over the Mets during the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader, striking out one in a perfect inning of relief. The rookie worked the fifth inning as the first man out of the bullpen in relief of Brett Anderson, and with the Brewers already holding a 2-0 lead, Cousins was rewarded with his first MLB win. The 26-year-old has yet to allow a hit, much less a run, through his first six big-league appearances with a sharp 12:3 K:BB in 7.1 innings.
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