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Brewers' Corey Ray: Out 4-to-6 weeks
Ray (finger) will be sidelined 4-to-6 weeks due to a jammed finger, tTodd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Ray landed on the injured list at Triple-A San Antonio with the injury in late April but made his return relatively quickly, though it appears he never fully recovered and has been playing through the issue, leading to his return to the IL. The 25-year-old will be shut down for a bit before starting his rehab work.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Travis Shaw: Two games into rehab
Shaw (wrist) is 1-for-9 with three strikeouts over two games since beginning his rehab assignment with Triple-A San Antonio.
It's tough to put too much stock into two games, but it would certainly be better to see Shaw succeeding at the plate given his slow start to the season with the Brewers. It's not clear how much longer Shaw will remain on his rehab assignment, but given the Brewers' crowded roster and the club's desire to get Shaw right at the plate, they won't be in any hurry to rush him back.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Nathan Kirby: Undergoes thoracic outlet surgery
Kirby underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in late April, Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Injuries have wrecked Kirby's career so far, as he'd previously undergone Tommy John surgery and surgery for ulnar neuritis. The 25-year-old has thrown just 83.2 professional innings. He's not expected to get back on the mound until late July at the earliest.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Jimmy Nelson: Struggles in rehab start
Nelson (shoulder) allowed four runs in five hits in 4.2 innings in a rehab start for Triple-A San Antonio on Thursday, striking out six batters while walking three.
Nelson cruised through four scoreless innings before allowing four runs in his fifth frame. Prior to the appearance, reports suggested Thursday's outing could be Nelson's final rehab start. It's unclear whether the one poor inning will change those plans.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Corey Ray: Back on IL with finger injury
Ray was placed on the 7-day injured list at Triple-A San Antonio with a finger injury, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
He dealt with the same finger injury earlier this season and is now back on the shelf. Ray is hitting .178 with a 43.8 percent strikeout rate this season. Some of those struggles might be traced back to the finger injury, but it is nonetheless a rough first 25 games at Triple-A for Ray.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Ryan Braun: Comes on as pinch hitter
Braun (knee) struck out in a pinch-hit appearance during Wednesday's 11-9 win over the Reds.
Manager Craig Counsell acknowledged prior to the series finale that Braun had been managing a knee issue of late, but the outfielder's ability to enter the contest off the bench suggests it's not a major concern. He'll benefit from a team off day Thursday and should have a good shot at re-entering the lineup Friday against the Phillies.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Gio Gonzalez: Denied two-start week
Gonzalez won't make a start during the Brewers' three-game home series with the Phillies this weekend, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Gonzalez took the hill for the first of the Brewers' five games this week Tuesday against the Reds and would have been available Sunday on his normal rest, but Counsell has elected to keep a five-man rotation intact. That means that Gonzalez will miss out on a two-start week, with his next turn likely to fall Monday in Minnesota against a tough Twins offense.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Chase Anderson: Gets another start
Manager Craig Counsell said Anderson will start Friday's series opener against the Phillies, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Due to off days Monday and Thursday, the Brewers had the option of shortening their rotation this week, but Anderson will instead receive another turn as Counsell sticks with a five-man setup. While facing a limited pitch count in his return from the 10-day injured list last weekend in Atlanta, Anderson limited the Braves to one unearned run over four frames but issued four free passes. Even with a better showing versus the Phillies, Anderson won't be assured a rotation spot heading into next week with Jimmy Nelson (shoulder) potentially returning from the IL.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Aaron Ashby: Throwing well of late
Ashby posted a 2.22 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and 30:4 K:BB in 24.1 innings over his last four starts with Low-A Wisconsin.
Ashby owned a 5.94 ERA through four games this season, but he has been sharp since, dropping his ERA on the season to a more-respectable 3.73. The 2018 fourth-round pick is one of the top pitching prospects in the Brewers' organization and could move up to the High-A level at some point should he keep throwing like he has of late.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Yasmani Grandal: On hot streak
Grandal went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, two runs and two walks in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.
Grandal can be a bit streaky, but he's on a hot one right now, hitting .289/.431/.605 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 51 plate appearances over 12 games since May 10. Grandal has started every game behind the plate since fellow backstop Manny Pina landed on the injured list May 16.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Corbin Burnes: Going through rough stretch
Burnes allowed two earned runs over 1.2 innings in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.
Burnes allowed zero earned runs in seven innings over five appearances between May 4-14, but the results were quite the opposite in his last two outings, over which he was tagged for nine earned runs over just 2.1 innings. Burnes' ratios this season are not pretty, and his recent numbers make it tough to include him in lineups even in deep leagues. Burnes is clearly going through a rough stretch, but he was exceptional out of the Brewers' bullpen last year, and if he can stop serving up so many home runs -- he has allowed a whopping 14 long balls over 29 innings -- he should gradually bring his 10.24 ERA back down closer to his 3.62 xFIP.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Orlando Arcia: Ties season high with three RBI
Arcia went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.
The three RBI tied a season high for Arcia, who recorded two hits in three of his last eight games and is hitting .282 this month. Arcia is hitting far more than he did a year ago, which has led him to start 48 of the 51 games the Brewers have played to date.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Junior Guerra: Grabs second win
Guerra tossed 1.1 scoreless innings and recorded his second win of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Reds.
Guerra allowed two runners to reach base Wednesday, but he kept the opponent off the scoreboard for the seventh time in nine appearances this month and lowered his ERA on the season to 2.39. Guerra continues to be part of the setup mix -- along with Jeremy Jeffress and, to a lesser degree, Alex Claudio -- in front of closer Josh Hader.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Mike Moustakas: Records three hits
Moustakas went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and three runs in an 11-9 victory against the Reds on Wednesday.
This was his second three-hit game that included a home run since May 16, but in his other four games since then, he went 2-for-14 (.143). Overall, the hot and cold days over the last seven days have moved his average up one point. Moustakas is batting .260 with a .531 slugging percentage, 12 home runs, 30 RBI, 30 runs and three steals in 177 at-bats this season.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Josh Hader: Records five-out save
Hader didn't allow a baserunner and recorded two strikeouts in 1.2 innings to record his 12th save of the season during an 11-9 victory against the Reds on Wednesday.
With runners on first and second and one out during the eighth, the Brewers called upon their closer to face the heart of the Reds' order. Hader retired the next two batters quietly to escape the eighth and induced two strikeouts along with a popout to end the game in the ninth. Hader's 2.52 ERA is perhaps higher than some expected, but he also owns a dazzling 0.64 WHIP and 49 strikeouts in just 25 innings. Hader is also 12-for-12 in save opportunities this year.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Zach Davies: Takes no-decision despite six runs
Davies allowed six runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk across three innings during a no-decision against the Reds on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old hadn't allowed more than two earned runs in any start this season, so this was quite a shock. Still, he avoided a loss despite spotting the Reds a five-run lead because the Brewers' offense came back to tie the game by the end of the fourth. Davies' numbers certainly took a hit, but he's still 5-0 with a 2.43 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 38 strikeouts in 55.2 innings this season. His next start will be Tuesday against the Twins.... See More ... See Less
Brewers' Ryan Braun: Managing knee issue
Manager Craig Counsell said Braun was withheld from the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds in part due to a knee injury, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Since Braun has been managing the knee issue for the past 4-to-5 days and the Brewers were facing a quick turnaround for Wednesday's series finale, Counsell viewed it as an ideal time to give the veteran a breather. With a rest day Wednesday followed by a team off day Thursday, Braun should be good to go when the Brewers begin a three-game set with the Phillies on Friday.... See More ... See Less