Williams is likely to fill in as Milwaukee's closer after Josh Hader (illness) was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Monday.
Hader is the fourth reliever, and fifth player overall, on the COVID IL for the Brewers, and Williams should now have the chance to work as the closer for a brief period. The right-hander has yet to record a save in 75 big-league appearances, but he's been a key bullpen piece for manager Craig Counsell over the past two years as a setup man. Williams struggled over the first few weeks of the season, but over his past 33 outings he has a 1.82 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 48:15 K:BB in 29.2 innings.
Williams (elbow) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
The changeup specialist ultimately missed the minimum amount of time after landing on the injured list July 17 with elbow soreness. Before the injury, Williams had held opponents scoreless in six consecutive appearances and 14 of his last 15. On the season, the righty has 15 holds in 18 opportunities as one of Milwaukee's top high-leverage relief options.
Williams (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Saturday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Williams has been able to throw off flat ground since early in the week, but he's now close to resuming mound work as he continues to make good progress in his recovery. The right-hander has been sidelined due to elbow discomfort since July 17, and it's not yet clear when he'll be able to return to game action.
Williams (elbow) said Tuesday that he's hopeful his stay on the injured list will end after the minimum 10 days, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Williams played catch Tuesday for the first time since landing on the IL with right elbow discomfort last Friday. While nothing is set in stone, the right-hander appears to be on track for a short stay on the injured list, even if it ends up being slightly longer than the 10 days. If he is indeed ready to be activated when first eligible, the 26-year-old would return to the Brewers' bullpen Saturday against the White Sox.
Williams (elbow) played catch Tuesday, Will Sammon of The Athletic reports.
Williams hit the injured list Friday with right elbow discomfort. While it's never good to see a pitcher dealing with an elbow injury, the fact that he's throwing again just a few days later certainly seems to be a positive sign. However, the Brewers have yet to specify exactly when they expect him to return.
Williams was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow discomfort Saturday.
Williams showed no signs of injury late in the first half, allowing just a single earned run in his last 15 appearances. Per Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, president of baseball operations David Stearns said that a Saturday MRI revealed no structural damage, and that the right-hander is not expected to require a lengthy absence. The Brewers can backdate the transaction by three days, leaving Williams eligible to return next Saturday, but it's not yet clear if he'll be in contention to do so.
Williams (6-1) struck out two in a perfect inning, earning the win in Thursday's victory over Cincinnati.
Williams did his job to keep the game tied through the top of the eighth, and Avisail Garcia put Milwaukee ahead in the bottom half of the frame. In his last seven outings, Williams has produced some solid value with four wins and three holds. The setup man has a 3.06 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 51:20 K:BB across 32.1 innings this season. He's added 15 holds and three blown saves in 36 appearances.
Williams (5-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning Monday, working around one hit and two walks while striking out one to earn the win against the Cubs.
Williams struggled to keep the game tied in the eighth inning, but he ultimately stranded the bases loaded without allowing any runs. He's shown some inconsistency this season on the heels of his 2020 Reliever of the Year campaign, as the 26-year-old has a 3.26 ERA and a bloated 1.42 WHIP across 30.1 innings. Though he's struggled with his command at times, he still owns an elite 14.5 K/9 -- albeit not as elite as last year's ridiculous 17.7 figure.
Williams (4-1) struck out two in a perfect 11th inning to earn the win against the Rockies on Friday.
Williams had to deal with the phantom runner on second base to begin the 11th inning, but he didn't allow any additional baserunners and earned his second win in his last three outings as a result. The right-hander has been slightly more inconsistent in 2021 than he was in his rookie season, but he's posted a 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 9:1 K:BB in six innings across his last seven appearances.
Williams (3-1) struck out three batters and picked up his third win of the season in Sunday's victory over the Rockies.
Williams took his first loss of the season when he allowed the courtesy runner on second base to score in Friday's game, but he bounced back with a dominant frame and added another win to his tally. The unearned run he allowed Friday was the only run he allowed over his past eight appearances, and over that span he allowed only four hits while posting a 13:3 K:BB over seven innings.
Williams (2-0) walked one and struck out two in one inning to earn the win Saturday versus Arizona.
Williams kept the game tied at 5-5 in the top of the eighth inning. Milwaukee took the lead on back-to-back home runs by Christian Yelich and Omar Narvaez in the bottom of the eighth. Williams has been a little shaky lately, allowing three runs across his last four outings. He has a 4.22 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 34:15 K:BB across 21.1 innings this year. He's racked up eight holds and three blown saves.
Williams earned a hold while allowing one run on a hit and two walks across one inning during Thursday's win over the Diamondbacks. He recorded three strikeouts.
The 26-year-old was unavailable out of the bullpen for unspecified reasons over the past couple days, but he return to action Thursday. Williams entered in the eighth inning and walked David Peralta to start the frame, with Peralta coming around to score on a single after advancing to second base on a wild pitch. Williams has mostly rebounded from a horrible start to the season, but he continues to be hurt by free passes. Over his past 11 appearances, Williams has only been scored upon in the four outings in which he issued a walk.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after Monday's 3-2 win over Detroit in 10 innings that Williams wasn't available out of the bullpen due to an unspecified issue, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. "Devin was a 'no,'" Counsell said. "He just didn't feel good [Monday], so we stayed away from him."
After claiming National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2020, Williams has taken a big step back in 2021, logging a 4.19 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 29:12 K:BB in 19.1 innings. The right shoulder injury Williams developed shortly before the playoffs last season may be having some effect on his downturn in velocity, command and control, but for now, the Brewers aren't indicating that he's being held out due to any concerning physical issue. Milwaukee could stay away from Williams again in Tuesday's series finale with Detroit, which would allow him to pick up another day of rest during Wednesday's off day.
Williams logged his fourth hold of the season Tuesday after throwing a scoreless eighth inning while allowing no hits, one walk and striking out two against the Marlins.
Williams has now successfully converted four straight holds over the last week after experiencing some early struggles to begin the year. The 2020 NL Rookie of the Year has a 1.80 ERA and an 8:2 K:BB over his last five innings. He's clearly starting to rediscover his form, and his ability to preserve a lead is a major reason why the Brewers are 7-3 over their last 10 games.
Williams threw a perfect eighth inning and struck out a batter in Sunday's 6-0 victory over the Cubs.
Williams got off to a slow start, being tagged for four earned runs and two homers over his first four appearances and allowing at least one runner to reach in his first seven outings. However, his results have been markedly better of late, as although he gave up another home run Saturday, that was the only run and just one of two hits he allowed over his last four trips to the mound. Manager Craig Counsell briefly removed Williams from the setup role a week or so ago, but with him turning things around and tossing a clean frame in what was a 1-0 game when he entered, there's no doubt he is again the go-to man in front of Josh Hader.
Williams struck out two and walked one in one inning of relief, earning a hold in Wednesday's 4-2 win over San Diego.
The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is beginning to resemble his 2020 self after allowing runs in three of his first four appearances this season. Featuring a mid-90s fastball as merely a complement to his signature, late-sinking changeup, Williams displayed his propensity to baffle the best of hitters Wednesday by embarrassing Fernando Tatis with three straight changeups. Despite his slow start, the righty figures to be an elite fantasy asset in leagues that count holds.
Williams allowed two earned runs over an inning of relief in Friday's 6-1 loss to the Pirates.
Williams allowed just one earned run all season en route to being named NL Rookie of the Year in 2020, but he has now given up at least one earned run in three of his four appearances in 2021. A late start to the spring could be the primary cause of his issues. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, in an effort to build Williams up, manager Craig Counsell is going to use him on a more regular basis for the time being, as opposed to only in setup situations in front of closer Josh Hader.
Williams allowed one run on a hit and a walk and struck out two in one inning in Wednesday's 4-2 extra-inning win over the Cubs. He was charged with a blown save.
Williams entered the game with the Brewers ahead 1-0, but he allowed a solo home run to Cubs outfielder Joc Pederson in the bottom of the eighth. The 26-year-old Williams has allowed two runs, two hits and two walks with three strikeouts across 1.2 innings to begin 2021. Despite already allowing more earned runs than he did in all of 2020, the right-hander is expected to remain in a setup role behind closer Josh Hader.
Williams threw a scoreless inning and struck out two batters in his second appearance of the spring Tuesday.
Williams allowed an earned run and got just two outs in his March 20 spring debut, but he kept the opponent off the scoreboard Tuesday and used his devastating changeup to induce two punchouts. While he got a late start to the spring, Williams will be ready to go when Opening Day rolls around, and he will open in the setup role in front of closer Josh Hader.
Williams will make his Cactus League debut Saturday against the Reds.
Williams threw a live batting practice session Tuesday, and he'll be available to make his Cactus League debut in relief Saturday. The right-hander has been brought along slowly this spring after he missed wild-card round in 2020 due to shoulder soreness, but the team hasn't expressed any concerns regarding his Opening Day status. Josh Hader is still expected to serve as Milwaukee's closer in 2021, but Williams is one of the top non-closer relievers in fantasy baseball after he posted a 0.33 ERA, 0.63 WHIP and 53:9 K:BB over 27 innings during 22 relief appearances last year.
|Last 7 Games|
|08/01||@ ATL||W 2-1||1.0||2||0||0||3|
|07/30||@ ATL||W 9-5||1.0||0||0||1||2|
|07/29||@ PIT||W 12-0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|07/11||vs CIN||L 1-3||1.0||1||0||0||1|
|07/08||vs CIN||W 5-3||1||1.0||0||0||0||2|
|07/07||@ NYM||L 3-4||0.1||0||0||0||0|
|07/01||@ PIT||W 7-2||0.2||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||89.0||22||13||0||3||9||0||89||36||75||3.44||1.247|
|2016||AFX-Wisconsin Timber Rat||72.1||17||10||0||6||3||2||74||34||64||3.62||1.359|
|2016||AFA-Brevard County Manat||25.0||5||2||0||1||2||0||20||12||27||4.32||1.560|
|2019||AAA-San Antonio Missions||3.2||3||0||0||0||0||0||6||1||2||0.00||0.938|