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46 Corey Knebel RP

Milwaukee Brewers

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May 5, 2020 08:56 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Limited to side sessions in rehab
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 20, 2020 02:28 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Should be ready when play resumes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel (elbow) should be ready to pitch when play resumes, according to Adam McCalvy of

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.

February 14, 2020 06:52 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Tracking toward early May
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

January 26, 2020 03:36 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Targeting mid-April return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 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.

December 10, 2019 09:40 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Avoids arbitration
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel (elbow) signed a one-year contract with the Brewers on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Adam McCalvy of reports.

The right-hander missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery at the end of March and won't be ready to go for Opening Day, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, but the team isn't ruling him out beyond the first month of the season. Given Josh Hader's emergence as the closer last season, Knebel likely won't serve as the closer in 2020, but he could receive some saves in order to help limit Hader's workload.

September 17, 2019 05:08 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Could throw off mound in January
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel (elbow) is seven weeks into a flat-ground throwing program and is hopeful to throw off a mound in January, Adam McCalvy of reports.

Knebel underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March, and his recovery appears to be going smoothly to this point. Assuming he's able to achieve his goal of returning to a mound by January, the right-hander could have a relatively normal spring training, per McCalvy.

June 11, 2019 07:40 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Recovery going as planned
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel (elbow) indicated Tuesday that his recovery from Tommy John surgery is going as planned, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Knebel still has a way to go in his recovery and will not pitch in 2019, but it's still encouraging to hear he has not encountered any bumps in the road just yet.

April 14, 2019 04:00 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Moves to 60-day IL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 30, 2019 07:28 AM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: To undergo Tommy John surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 29, 2019 12:48 AM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Recovery path to be determined Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel will decide Friday whether or not to undergo Tommy John surgery or attempt the rehab route with his injured elbow, Adam McCalvy of 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.

March 23, 2019 01:44 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Decision not imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel's plan of action for his partial UCL tear won't be determined until next week, Adam McCalvy of 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.

March 22, 2019 06:28 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Set for second opinion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 21, 2019 07:32 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: UCL Issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel's elbow injury is a UCL issue, but not a complete tear. He's going for a second opinion, and it's not certain he'll need Tommy John surgery, Adam McCalvy of reports.

When "not certain he needs Tommy John surgery" is the *positive* spin on this situation, it's not good. Knebel almost certainly will be out to start the season and not for a short time. It's no wonder that the Brewers are talking to Craig Kimbrel.

March 21, 2019 01:36 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Reason for concern with elbow
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Craig Counsell says there's "reason for concern" with Knebel's elbow, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Knebel has been dealing with an issue that was initially described as a "tired arm," and he didn't appear too worried. He'll visit a doctor Thursday, at which point the severity of the issue should become clearer. With Jeremy Jeffress battling a shoulder injury, Josh Hader could get the saves in Milwaukee early in the season.

March 20, 2019 08:52 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Dealing with tired arm
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel has stopped throwing in recent days due to a tired arm, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

Knebel insists the issue is minor and nothing to worry about, noting he's not dealing with any soreness. "Just giving it a break," the right-hander said Wednesday. While Knebel doesn't seem worried about the issue, it will be a situation worth monitoring with Opening Day just over a week away. Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) is already expected to open the year on the IL, so Josh Hader would likely be tasked with closer duties should Knebel be forced to miss the start of the season.

March 15, 2019 11:44 AM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Looking sharp this spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel threw 1.2 scoreless innings and struck out three batters in Thursday's spring game against the Angels.

Manager Craig Counsell let Knebel extend past an inning Thursday, and he allowed just one runner to reach base via a walk while keeping the opposition off the scoreboard for the fourth time in four appearances this spring. While he has not officially been given the closer's label -- manager Craig Counsell is notorious for avoiding those -- he has been in line to serve in that role since the end of last season, and is all but assured of doing so with fellow relievers Jeremy Jeffress (shoulder) likely opening the year on the injured list and Josh Hader providing more value in a multi-situational role.

March 4, 2019 11:40 AM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Scoreless inning in spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel made his spring debut Sunday against the Reds and threw a scoreless frame.

Knebel was not his sharpest, allowing two hits and a walk, but he did strike out a batter and escaped his first appearance of 2019 without allowing a run. Coming off a dominant run through September and the postseason, Knebel is in line to open the season as the Brewers' closer for the second year in a row.

January 11, 2019 11:20 AM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Reaches deal with Brewers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel and the Brewers avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $5.125 million deal, Robert Murray of The Athletic reports.

Knebel had a rocky 2018 campaign which included a trip to the disabled list and a brief demotion to the minors. He still finished the year with a respectable 3.58 ERA and 16 saves in 55.1 innings, backed up by an excellent 39.5 percent strikeout rate. He looked back to his usual self in the playoffs, allowing just a single run in 10 innings. He should resume his role as the Brewers' closer to start the upcoming season.

September 25, 2018 11:04 AM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Closes door with Jeffress unavailable
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel struck out three batters and picked up his 16th save of the season in Monday's victory over the Cardinals.

Incumbent closer Jeremy Jeffress was unavailable Monday due to neck spasms, so Knebel was used in his previous role, and he encountered no issues other than hitting the penultimate batter of the game. Knebel has looked like the 2017 version of himself his month, giving up just two hits while posting a 24:2 K:BB in 12.1 scoreless innings. Jeffress has been similarly effective and figures to get his job back, but the Brewers will also likely be cautious with him the rest of the way, so Knebel could be used in a save situation again before the regular season comes to a close.

September 13, 2018 12:16 PM
Brewers' Corey Knebel: Continues to roll
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knebel pitched 1.2 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Wednesday's victory over the Cubs. He gave up just one hit and struck out two batters in the game.

Knebel entered Wednesday's frame in the fifth inning with the Brewers up 2-0, and although he allowed an inherited runner to score, he did not cede the lead. Knebel went on to pitch a perfect sixth inning, but in a rare move, the official scorer decided to credit fellow reliever Josh Hader with the win instead in a game the Brewers never trailed and starter Chase Anderson only went four innings. Knebel picked up a save in his previous outing, but that was with Hader and Jeremy Jeffress unavailable, and it would likely take similar circumstances for him to be used in that spot the rest of the way. Regardless, Knebel has still been producing in several categories since returning from a brief minor-league stint at the end of August, allowing just one runner to reach base while striking out 12 batters over 6.2 scoreless frames this month.

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