Wilkerson will be out several weeks after partially dislocating his non-throwing shoulder, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
The injury occurred while swinging. The injury could have been worse if it was his throwing shoulder, but he'll still be out several weeks. The 28-year-old reached the majors for the first time last season, tossing 10.1 innings with a 3.48 ERA. He could see time in the majors again later this season once he recovers from his injury.
Wilkerson was optioned to Triple-A Colorado Springs on Wednesday, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
This takes Wilkerson out of consideration for one of the starting spots on the Opening Day rotation. During the spring, he's appeared in five games and posted an 8.22 ERA and 1.70 WHIP over 7.2 innings. Wilkerson will serve as added organizational depth for Milwaukee this season.
Wilkerson made his major-league debut last September after impressing enough in 24 starts for Double-A Biloxi (3.16 ERA, 143:36 K:BB in 142.1 innings). He appeared in three games (10.1 innings) for the big club and posted a respectable 3.48 ERA and 0.68 WHIP in the process. Right now, the Brewers have a pair of openings in their rotation that Wilkerson, Brent Suter, Brandon Woodruff, Junior Guerra and Yovani Gallardo are set to compete for in spring training, though that could ultimately change if the Brewers pick up additional starting pitching options prior to the start of the season (via trade of free agency). Given Wilkerson's lack of experience above the Double-A level, he appears to be a long shot to crack the team's Opening Day rotation.
Wilkerson (1-0) earned the win over the Cardinals on Sunday, allowing one run on two hits while striking out five over seven innings. He did not issue a walk.
Wilkerson got the call to replace Zach Davies after the Brewers were eliminated from postseason contention Saturday. While he faced a lineup full of bench players, this was an impressive effort nonetheless, and Wilkerson was rewarded with his first big-league win. The 28-year-old spent the minor-league season with Double-A Biloxi, posting a 3.16 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 142.1 innings. He should compete for a major-league role in spring training.
Wilkerson will start Sunday against the Cardinals, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Zach Davies was scratched after the Brewers were officially eliminated from postseason contention with a loss Saturday. Wilkerson will step in for just his second career start (third appearance) at the big-league level. He went 2.1 frames, gave up three runs and failed to record a strikeout in his first start last week, so there's little-to-no streaming appeal here.
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