Peralta (2-1) allowed three hits and two walks while striking out five across five scoreless innings to earn the win Tuesday against the Nationals.
Peralta began in his outing in the third inning after Adrian Houser worked through two effective innings as the opener. Peralta followed suit, allowing multiple baserunners in only one of his five innings of work. While he still surrendered two walks, he began 14 of the 20 batters he faced with a strike, a positive sign for the potential of improved command. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, manager Craig Counsell hopes to employ an opener again for Peralta's next outing, which lines up to be at Philadelphia early next week.
Peralta is expected to pitch Tuesday against Washington but is unlikely to be the starter, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The Brewers apparently no longer trust Peralta as a starter thanks to his 8.31 ERA, but he could be given a chance behind an opener. Peralta's pitch mix has always been odd for a starting pitcher, as he's thrown his fastball 78 percent of the time over the course of his career and used his changeup just 3 percent of the time. Avoiding facing hitters three times through the order could be what he needs to climb out of his current slump.
Manager Craig Counsell was noncommittal when asked whether Peralta will remain in the rotation, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. "We're going to have to have a conversation about that," the skipper said.
Peralta was tagged for nine runs (six earned) on eight hits (two homers) and three walks while striking out three across four innings Thursday against the Rockies -- raising his ERA and WHIP to 8.31 and 1.75, respectively -- and prompting the Brewers to contemplate his status in the starting rotation moving forward. The young right-hander has flashed his potential at times, evidenced by his 25 strikeouts in 21.2 innings, but until he can show more consistency, the Brewers may be forced to turn elsewhere. Should Peralta temporarily lose his rotation spot, Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser and Aaron Wilkerson would all be options to take his spot.
Peralta endured a rocky rehab outing at Double-A Biloxi over the weekend -- he gave up three runs on four hits and a walk in 4.2 innings -- but the Brewers were pleased enough with how his shoulder checked out to reinsert him into the rotation. He'll assume the rotation spot of Chase Anderson (finger), who experienced a blister and was scratched ahead of Wednesday's start before landing on the IL. Coming back from an injury of his own, Peralta may have his pitch count monitored carefully, though it's possible the Brewers loosen the reigns a bit given that they essentially had a bullpen game a day earlier.
Peralta (shoulder) will return from the injured list to start Thursday against the Rockies, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Peralta will wind up missing two-and-a-half weeks with a shoulder issue. The 22-year-old had mixed results over his first four starts of the season, with one start lasting eight scoreless innings and the other three each lasting no more than 3.1 frames.
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