Brewers: Injury Updates

The Milwaukee Brewers have a considerable number of pieces that are currently on the disabled list. Starting pitcher Junior Guerra will be activated from the DL and will start tonight for the Brewers against the Pittsburgh Pirates at 6:05 p.m. CST. Guerra was placed on the 10-day disabled list after his last start prior to the All-Star break on July 10th. Guerra is 1-3 on the season with an ERA of 4.78. He isn’t the only player the Brewers expect to get back in the near future.

Chase Anderson

Anderson went on the DL after exiting a game in the second inning against the Cincinnati Reds on June 28th with an oblique strain. The original diagnoses was that he would be out 4-6 weeks with the strain. As of yesterday, it was announced that at the earliest the Brewers would expect to get Anderson back by the next home stand. The Brewers next home stand is against the Chicago Cubs from July 28th through July 30th. The organization didn’t rule out Anderson returning in early August depending on how he feels once he returns to the mound.

Eric Sogard

Sogard was officially placed on the disabled list on July 4th after dealing with a sore ankle, which had him in and out of the lineup for a week. Sogard has had injury issues in the past and the Brewers didn’t want to take any chances after how well he was swinging the bat this season. He will begin a rehab assignment with Low-A Wisconsin on Wednesday. The Brewers are hoping everything will go well and have him start one or two games for Low-A Wisconsin. If everything goes as expected, the Brewers expect to get Sogard back for their weekend series starting with the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday.

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Brandon Woodruff

Woodruff was scheduled to make his major league debut for the Brewers on July 13th doubleheader in St. Louis. 25 minutes before his first career start, Woodruff was scratched with right hamstring tightness. He is the Brewers eighth ranked prospect, who has excelled in the Brewers farm system the past couple years. Woodruff began a rehab assignment with the Arizona Rookie League on Saturday, and will likely need a few outings to be game-ready. The Brewers don’t expect to get him back until late July. Woodruff could potentially play a role in the starting rotation or bullpen based on other pitcher injury or trade statuses.

Stephen Vogt

Vogt left last night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after a collision at the plate with Pirates pitcher Chad Kuhl. Vogt was hit in the head and bent his knee awkwardly in the collision. Both team trainers ran out to look at Vogt, who was put through multiple tests before slowly walking off the field. During the game, reports came in that Vogt was being looked at for a strained neck and knee. Vogt could be looking at a recovery time of 4-6 weeks. The Brewers will likely recall catcher Jett Bandy.

Looking ahead to the rest of July

The Milwaukee Brewers entered the All-Star Break with a 50-41 record, good enough for first place with a 5.5 game lead in the National League Central. The Brewers are on of the biggest surprises in Major League Baseball this season. They were expected to be an average team at the very best in the midst of a rebuild.  It appears that the rebuild may be further along than many people expected, which has brought excitement back to baseball fans in Wisconsin.

David Stearns is on record saying that the Brewers are expecting to be buyers at this year’s deadline. The Brewers have already been linked to pitchers such as Sonny Gray, Jose Quintana, and others. The Brewers farm system is extremely deep in the outfield and up the middle in the infield. The organization could easily unload some of those prospects, while gaining pieces to make a postseason run without selling the farm.

The non-waiver trade deadline ends this year on Tuesday, July 31st at 3 p.m. CST.

The rest of July

The Brewers start a weekend series at home with the Philadelphia Phillies after the All-Star Break on Friday, July 14th. The three pitching match-ups have already been announced. On Friday, the Brewers will go with Zach Davies (10-4) against Nick Pivetta (2-4). The Saturday game will feature Jimmy Nelson (8-4) for Milwaukee versus Aaron Nola (6-6). The series will come to an end Sunday when Matt Garza (4-4) faces Jeremy Hellickson(5-5). The Brewers should look to continue their July success as the Phillies are the worst team in baseball.

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The team will then hit the road for a three series road trip from July 17th through July 27th. The road trip begins with a four game series in Pittsburgh against the Pirates. The second of the three series will be a three game series, once again against the Phillies. They will conclude their trip away from Miller Park with a three game series against the Washington Nationals. The Brewers will then return home to end July for a three game series with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are currently in second place behind the Brewers in the National League Central.

The rest of July has the Brewers scheduled to play four out of five series against teams with a record below .500. The All-Star break should allow for players like Junior Guerra and Ryan Braun to once again become healthy. Chase Anderson is also expected to come off the disabled list sometime during late July or early August.  Whether Milwaukee decides to make moves or not, they should still be hanging around the top of National League Central.

Brewers moves: Sogard in, Broxton out

Second baseman Eric Sogard is back and centerfielder Keon Broxton is out. Those were the transactions announced Saturday by Milwaukee, which is in the midst of a season-worst six-game losing streak. Sogard had been on the disabled list with an ankle injury since early July. Before that, the 31-year-old had been one of the pleasant […]

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Report: Brewers interested in Detroit 2B Ian Kinsler

Milwaukee may be in a bit of a free fall, but the team is apparently still looking to make moves to help its chances to win the NL Central and get back to the playoffs for the first time in six years. The latest evidence comes from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who tweeted Saturday morning that […]

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Brewers losing streak reaches six games

Make it six straight losses for the Milwaukee Brewers. Manager Craig Counsell’s team couldn’t figure out Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola in a 6-1 loss on Friday night. The righty went seven innings, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out nine to earn his seventh win of the year. It continued a […]

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Report: Brewers linked to another bullpen arm

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Brewers lose again, lead in NL Central down to one game

PITTSBURGH | In a span of a week, the Brewers have seen their lead in the NL Central go from 5 1/2 games to just one over the Cubs. Chicago has won six straight. Milwaukee has lost 5 in a row after a 4-2 loss in Pittsburgh Thursday afternoon. Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson didn’t have […]

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Chase Anderson injured, Brewers lose 4-3 to the Reds

Milwaukee lost to Cincinnati 4-3 on Wednesday night and also lost its best pitcher for what is expected to be an extended period of time.

Chase Anderson suffered an oblique strain during a second inning at-bat and was forced to leave the game.

“I [swung] at it and it literally just felt like someone stabbed me on the left side,” Anderson told reporters after the game. “Not a good feeling.”

It’s unclear how long Anderson will be out, but the team has already decided to put him on the disabled list, and his absence could be last for quite a while.

“It’s [going to] take time. Those are injuries that you really can’t pinpoint a time schedule. It could be a month, it could be two months [and] hopefully nothing longer than that,” Anderson said. “Obviously, I hate sitting out. I don’t want to be on the [disabled list]. I want to pitch. [I’ve] been throwing the ball well lately. It’s just unfortunate for our rotation and for our team.”

Anderson has been Milwaukee’s No. 1 pitcher this season, going 6-2 with a 2.89 ERA – the best among the team’s starters.

“Anytime you lose one of your five starters, it’s a big blow,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I got used to [him] pitching very, very well. We’ll have to cover in his absence. It’s going to be difficult.”

LISTEN: Chase Anderson talks about the injury that landed him on the DL

Paulo Espino replaced Anderson after the injury and gave up three runs in three innings of work, including a 2-run homer to former Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett, his 12th of the year.

The game was tied 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning when Counsell decided to go with closer Corey Knebel, who promptly walked the speedy Billy Hamilton. He stole second and third before scoring on an infield single by Adam Duvall.

Milwaukee had a chance to tie the game in the top of the ninth, with Jonathan Villar on third base and just one out. But pinch hitter Jesus Aguliar struckout and Orlando Arcia was thrown out trying to get to second base on what Counsell said was a called play.

“It was going to work,” Counsell said of the intended rundown that would have allowed Villar to potentially score the tying run. “Orlando just didn’t stop in time, and they got a tag.”

The loss was Milwaukee’s fourth in its last five games, yet the Brewers remain in first place in the NL Central by one game over the Chicago Cubs.

It’ll be Cincinnati and the Brewers again Thursday night. First pitch is at 6:10 p.m.

Anderson’s start spoiled as Brewers fall to D-Backs 11-1

PHOENIX — Chase Anderson gave the Milwaukee Brewers six innings, allowing just one earned run, but the offense only recorded four hits in an 11-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday evening.

A big part of Arizona’s success was its starting pitching. Robbie Ray competed with Anderson, but lasted into the seventh inning without allowing a run while striking out 12. It was Ray’s third straight start with at least 10 Ks, but Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn’t let that fact distract him from his own team’s great starting pitching.

“The thing was as advertised,” Counsell said. “The two guys threw the ball very well. [Anderson] was really good. They had a few good at-bats off him in the first inning. He pitched out of a few tough situations. Made a good pitch and struck out [Jake] Lamb, who’s a really good hitter, in the sixth. I was really proud of him. It was another excellent start for Chase.”

The floodgates opened once Anderson exited the game, as the Diamondbacks hit three home runs in the seventh inning and another in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

Outfielder Keon Broxton accounted for the only Brewers offense, a solo home run in the ninth inning. But many of the fans’ eyes were on left field as top Brewers prospect Lewis Brinson made his Major League debut. He was 0-for-2 at the plate with a strikeout and two walks.

Outfielder Brett Phillips (who debuted June 5) made an appearance as a pinch hitter, while Josh Hader saw no playing time.

Anderson shuts down the Mets in a 2-1 win for the Brewers

Chase Anderson pitched a gem for a second straight outing as Milwaukee took care of the New York Mets 2-1 on Thursday at Citi Field.

Anderson, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his last start, threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out seven. The effort earned him his fourth win of the year.

“I think he’s in a good place right now,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s getting ahead in the count well, and he’s got a kind of different variety (of pitches) for the left handers and the right handers. A lot of good stuff.”

Milwaukee needed Anderson to be that good because the Brewers offense was unable to capitalize on most of their opportunities. The Crew had 11 hits, including three from Hernan Perez, but left nine runners on base. The lone run producing hits came courtesy of a Perez double in the third and a Nick Franklin single in the fourth.

“It was a frustrating day offensively,” Counsell said. “We did a great job of getting guys on base. We had good at-bats. Then we hit into some double plays at bad spots. I think our at-bats were good, (but) we just didn’t get the results.”

The win allowed Milwaukee to stay 1.5 games up on the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Brewers will open a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night at Miller Park.

Anderson nearly perfect in 6-1 win over Arizona

MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.

Anderson’s career-high 11 strikeouts not only ended Milwaukee’s five-game skid, but snapped a six-game winning streak for Arizona. The Brewers teed off on former teammate Zack Greinke, tagging him for five earned runs over 5.2 innings. Then he was asked about his performance compared to Anderson’s.

“It seemed like the whole team played pretty terrible today, including myself,” Greinke said. “I mean, he almost threw a no-hitter, so it was a pretty bad game.”

Anderson took a career-high 111 pitches into the eighth inning before shortstop Nick Ahmed ended his no-hitter with a leadoff single. But Anderson wasn’t too upset.

“You don’t get the opportunity to do that all the time. You’d like to finish that, get that no hitter, get the shutout, but the fans, the way they support us in this town, I’ve never experienced anything like that. Just give them a little bit of a hat tip back to them, [show] my gratitude for what they’ve done for us and the support they always give us.”

At the time of the win, Milwaukee had pulled even with the Chicago Cubs for the National League Central lead, a title they relinquished  after losing five straight.

Cardinals silence the Brewers bats in a 4-1 win

For a second straight night, the St. Louis Cardinals were able to silence the bats of the Milwaukee Brewers and come away winners.

Starter Lance Lynn (2-1) scattered three hits over six innings of work and gave up just one run to get the win, as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 4-1, the fourth loss for Milwaukee in its last five games.

Chase Anderson matched Lynn pitch-for-pitch, not giving up an earned run over his six innings of work and left the game with it tied at 1-1. But the bullpen couldn’t keep it that way, as Aledmys Diaz drilled a pitch-hit home run off reliever Carlos Torres in the seventh to give the Cardinals a lead they wouldn’t give up.

Torres took the loss to fall to 0-2 on the year.

Milwaukee’s lone offense was an RBI double for Travis Shaw in the first inning. The Crew loaded the bases in the eighth inning but couldn’t get anything out of it.

The Brewers (9-10) will look for a split of the four-game series Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

Thames and Braun lead Brewers to a 6-3 win over the Cubs

Eric Thames continued his torrid start to the year as Milwaukee went to Chicago and beat the Cubs 6-3 Monday night for its sixth win in the last seven games.

With the game tied at three in the third inning, Thames stepped to the plate and drilled a home run into the left field bleachers to give the Brewers a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. For Thames, it was his fifth consecutive game with a homer, tying the franchise record set by Jeremy Burnitz.

“What he’s doing is really hard to do,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He’s on a good streak right now, no question. Seeing this certainly bodes well for the rest of the year.”

The homer for Thames, who was signed as a free agent after spending the last three years playing in Korea, was his seventh overall on the year, which leads MLB. He’s also batting .405, which is second in the National League.

His hot start has overshadowed what has been a remarkable beginning for Ryan Braun. The outfielder had a 2-run homer in the first inning, his fifth of the year, which matches his total for all of April last season.

“It’s unique that Ryan is not getting the attention after a five home run start in the first couple weeks of the season,” Counsell said. “He’s happy with it, I guarantee it.”

Braun had a total of three RBI’s on the night, which helped make Chase Anderson a winner for a second time this year. The Brewers starter made it five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out five.

Four relievers helped Milwaukee close things out, including Neftali Feliz, who picked up his fifth save of the year.

Milwaukee (8-6) and Chicago (6-7) will play game two of their series tonight at Wrigley Field.

Anderson shuts down Toronto in a 2-0 win for the Brewers

Milwaukee (4-5) got seven scoreless innings from Chase Anderson, and Jonathan Villar hit his third home run of the year, as the Brewers beat Toronto (1-7) 2-0 Wednesday night.

Anderson was fantastic in his second-longest outing in his Milwaukee career, mixing and matching his fastball and change up to fluster a Blue Jays lineup that has given pitchers fits in recent years. He gave up just three hits and struck out seven batters on his way to his first win of the year.

“This is the best I’ve seen him,” manager Craig Counsell said. “He just had really good stuff.”

Anderson handed the game over to relievers Corey Knebel and Neftali Feliz, with the latter picking up his third save of the season.

The Brewers didn’t give Anderson much help offensively, but they did just enough. Outfielder Keon Broxton doubled home a run in the second inning, while Villar’s 429-foot homer in the sixth inning provided some breathing room to help Milwaukee get their first back-to-back wins of the year.

Counsell’s club will now head to Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Thursday night.

Despite solid outing from Chase Anderson, Brewers lose to Rockies 2-1

MILWAUKEE | For the first time this season the Brewers failed to score five or more runs. A solo homer by Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the 7th inning was the only scoring for the Crew on Thursday afternoon as the Brewers dropped the series finale 2-1 to the Rockies. The Brewers (1-3) have dropped three of four to start the season including two one-run losses. Milwaukee welcomes the Cubs to Miller Park on Friday night.

The Brewers lost despite a solid pitching performance from Chase Anderson. Milwaukee’s righty went 6 innings giving up just three hits, one run and struck out four.

The Rockies went ahead for good in the top of the 9th when Nolan Arenado hit a solo homer off Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz.

The Brewers had a chance to tie in the bottom of the 9th when Ryan Braun hit what appeared to be a homer but it was caught at the wall by Carlos Gonzalez to end it.

Jimmy Nelson makes his first start of the season for the Brewers on Friday.  Nelson was 8-16 with a 4.62 ERA in a career-high 32 starts last season.