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.

 (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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.

Reports: Brewers interested in two relievers

The Brewers have already pulled off their first trade this summer, acquiring Yankees left handed pitcher Tyler Webb. The Brewers are continuing to be linked to starting pitchers like Sonny Gray and J.A. Happ, but now there are reports that the team is interested in trading for other relievers. Pat Neshek of Philadelphia Phillies and David Phelps of the Miami Marlins are the newest pitchers the Brewers are said to have interest in.

Pat Neshek

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports Milwaukee is one of several teams in talks for Neshek, a 36-year-old two-time all-star, who is a native of Madison, Wis. He is most recognized for his funky submarine delivery. Neshek has been a dependable reliever for 11 seasons and has played with six different big league clubs. He has had an ERA under 4.00 in eight of his eleven seasons with a WHIP hovering around 1.00 for his career.

The Brewers are familiar with Neshek as he had a stint with the St. Louis Cardinals, one of their division rivals. He is currently 2-2 this season with a 1.21 ERA , a 0.86 WHIP, and 40 strikeouts in  37 1/3 innings. Neshek is coming off of an All-Star appearance earlier in July.

David Phelps

The Marlins, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, still have 10 teams interested in the 30-year-old Phelps, who is in his third year in Miami after spending his first three years with the New York Yankees. Phelps has shown inconsistencies in his stuff throughout his career. Phelps does have experience as a setup man, and has been primarily used as a seventh-inning reliever. He is currently 2-4 with an ERA 3.45, a 1.34 WHIP, and has struck out 51 batters in 47 innings. Phelps should be the cheaper option when it comes to unloading prospects. Brewers general manager David Stearns will continue to look to improve the team and win now without selling the future.

Brewers can’t turn opportunities into runs in 4-2 loss to Pirates

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers stranded 11 runners on base, while Gregory Polanco drove in two runs to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 4-2 win Monday night at Miller Park.

Polanco went 4-for-4 at the plate, including RBI doubles off Brent Suter and Josh Hader. He also sparked the Pittsburgh offense with his base-running, scoring the tying run in the fifth inning.

The fifth inning was a concerning one for Milwaukee, with catcher Stephen Vogt leaving with neck and knee injuries following a home-plate collision with Pirates starter Chad Kuhl. But the Brewers were also concerned with the plays that got away from them.

“We had plenty of opportunities,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It was a good ball game. We had some rallies going, the bases loaded a couple times.”

The sixth inning might have been Milwaukee’s best chance to regain the lead, with two runners on base, two outs in the inning, and Jesus Aguilar prepared to deliver the pinch-hit, go-ahead run. Aguilar made good on the situational hit, but with Manny Piña rounding third base, Polanco launched a run-stopping ball from the outfield to keep the game tied and end the inning.

Milwaukee’s Suter lasted into the fifth inning, allowing seven hits and two earned runs. Even he couldn’t deny Polanco the recognition he deserved for his role in Pittsburgh’s win.

“They did a good job of hitting some pitches that were not necessarily bad pitches. You got to tip your hat to them, and Polanco had a heck of a night, so you got to tip your hat to him, as well.”

Nick Williams helps Phillies avoid sweep at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE — While the Milwaukee Brewers were poised for a weekend sweep coming out of the All Star break, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Nick Williams had other plans.

Williams hit his first career grand slam in the sixth inning to put the Phillies over the top by a score of 5-2. Combined with a win by the Chicago Cubs, it also knocked the Brewers’ lead in the National League Central down to 4 ½ games.

The Phillies’ opportunity was set up by some timely hitting, as they strung together five hits in a row before Williams stepped to the plate. On Milwaukee’s end of things, it was not the debut Tyler Webb wanted, as his very first pitch was blasted by Williams 411 feet to center field.

In hindsight, perhaps Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell wouldn’t have introduced Webb to Philadelphia in that situation. Matt Garza was taken out after five innings of one-run ball and replaced by Rob Scahill, who surrendered three consecutive hits. But that was a gamble Counsell felt was reasonable, given the lack of offense his crew was able to muster to that point. Pinch-hitting Brett Phillips in Garza’s place did result in the outfielder’s first career home run.

Milwaukee would get a chance to erase the 5-2 deficit in the ninth inning after Hernan Perez and Manny Piña singled to bring the tying run to the plate. But Philadelphia closer Hector Neris was able to retire Stephen Vogt, Orlando Arcia, and Eric Thames to secure the win.

Brewers clinch series win with late Shaw HR

MILWAUKEE — On a night where the Milwaukee Brewers were honoring a team known for hitting home runs, Travis Shaw helped salute them with a big home run of his own.

The Brewers third baseman launched an eighth-inning solo shot to give Milwaukee a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night. The evening began with an on-field celebration of the 1982 club that won an American League pennant, while also representing the Brewers’ last trip to the World Series.

It was Shaw’s only hit of the night, in which Aaron Nola gave the Phillies six innings of two-run ball. But Milwaukee was supported by its own impressive starter, Jimmy Nelson. He struck out nine while pitching into the seventh inning. The Brewers only allowed four hits all night.

“We had a lot of momentum going into the break, and for us to be able to take a few days off then come back and continue that momentum is huge, especially for a younger team,” Nelson said. “We’re playing with a lot of energy, and who knows what can happen? Who knows what we can do?”

The Brewers are now 2-0 in games since the All Star break, maintaining their 5 ½ lead in the National League Central. Much of that has to do with the recent success in the bullpen, with Corey Knebel leading the way after earning his 16th save of the year.

The Brewers and Phillies will finish off the series Sunday at 1:10 p.m. from Miller Park.

Brewers come out of All Star break with 9-6 win over Phillies

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of lesser competition Friday night, blasting two home runs in a 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park.

Keon Broxton got the momentum moving with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning and that’s when the doors blew open. Orlando Arcia followed up Broxton’s hit with a three-run blast to give Milwaukee a 4-2 lead, but it didn’t take long for that lead to grow. Ryan Braun’s 17th-career grand slam came just moments later to make it an 8-2 contest after two innings.

That big lead allowed Brewers starter Zach Davies to make mistakes without being punished. He’d finish his night with six runs (five earned) allowed on seven hits, with a career-high five walks. He was replaced by Carlos Torres mid-way through the sixth inning.

“I’m pissed off by my performance, definitely,” Davies said. “But the team’s winning, and you can’t be selfish in that aspect and be upset and show it when the team is doing what it should be doing.”

Davies would still get credit for the win — his 11th of the season — thanks to the run support. Of all the regular starters in baseball, Davies has been backed by the third-most runs scored.

“That’s the case this year, there’s no question about it. We’ve scored a ton of runs in Zach’s starts,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “I don’t have a great explanation. There’s going to be a guy that gets the most runs. I can guarantee that.”

With the Chicago Cubs also winning Friday night, Milwaukee’s win helped maintain the team’s 5 ½ game lead atop the National League Central. Arcia admitted to keeping an eye on the score for their division rival, though he didn’t seem affected by it.

“You’re always paying attention. I don’t think it’ll be a distraction, especially if we keep winning. It’s obviously going to be fun to watch the other teams, what they’re doing, if we keep doing our thing.”

Story time with the 1982 Milwaukee Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers are honoring the 1982 World Series team this weekend as they celebrate the 35th anniversary of the organizations only trip to the biggest stage the game has to offer. Part of that was a press conference on Friday morning featuring some of the stars of that team, including Robin Yount, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers and Gorman Thomas.

Though many years have passed since that special summer run, the stories from that time period have not been forgotten. The foursome got into storytelling mode during the press conference and here are some of our favorites.

Yount tells the story of when former owner Bud Selig thought he could get a hit off Fingers in batting practice
Yount describes how it came to be that he drove a motorcycle out onto the field at County Stadium following the World Series parade.
There were plenty of shenanigans among the players, and Thomas tells the story of how Yount got locked out of his room while naked.
Yount on how Thomas would do crossword puzzles without looking at the clues.

The Brewers to honor the 1982 AL Championship team this weekend

The Milwaukee Brewers will resume play this weekend with a three game home stand against the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies are the worst team in baseball entering Friday’s game with a 29-58 record, the Brewers on the other hand are in first place in the National League Central with a 50-41 record. Each day during the series, the Brewers will be commemorating the 1982 AL Championship team with different giveaways and ceremonies.

Friday

The match-up on Friday night will feature Zach Davies (10-4) on the hill for the Brewers while Nick Pivetta (2-4)will pitch for the Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CST. The Brewers will be continuing their free T-Shirt Friday. The first 20,000 fans in attendance will receive a 1982 powder blue Paul Molitor replica jersey. It is also a Miller Lite Beerpen promotional night, so fans 21+ can sit in the Miller Lite Beerpen in right field and receive a free Brewers trucker hat. Friday is also student night, so high school and college students will receive discounts on ticket and food prices.

Saturday

The pitching match-up on Saturday night will be Jimmy Nelson (8-4) on the mound for the Brewers versus Aaron Nola (6-6) for the Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. CST. Before the game, the Brewers will host a reunion of the 1982 American League Championship team, featuring a special on-field ceremony. Jerry Augustine, Cecil Cooper, Jim Gantner, Ben Oglivie, Jim Slaton, Gorman Thomas, Pete Vuckovich, Robin Yount and Bud Selig are just some of the guys who are confirmed to attend. The players will also hold a 45 minute autograph session for fans before the game. This game will also be the season seat holder appreciation day. Season seat holders will receive 25% off concessions and merchandise. They will also be allowed early entry into Miller Park for batting practice. The first 25,000 fans 18+ will receive a Brewers coupon book.

 (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Sunday

Probable pitchers for Sunday’s match-up is Matt Garza (4-4) on the bump for the Brewers and Jeremy Hellickson (5-5) for the Phillies. First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CST. The giveaways continue, as all fans in attendance will receive a 1982 AL Championship replica ring. All children 14 and under will receive a free lunch voucher. The voucher includes a hot dog, bottled water, applesauce, and an ice cream snack. After the conclusion of the game, all fans 16 years old and under can run the bases at Miller Park.

Brewers officially announce trade with the Yankees

It’s not the big splash that some fans may be hoping for, but the Milwaukee Brewers have made a trade for some pitching help.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the team has acquired left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from the New York Yankees in exchange for first baseman Garrett Cooper.

Webb has pitched in seven games for the Yankees this season, his first in the majors, giving up three runs over six innings of work since being brought up in late June. Over his last three years in Triple-A, Webb went 9-7 with a 3.31 ERA.

The club has not yet decided where Webb will start his time with Milwaukee, whether he’ll go to Triple-A or stay in the majors.

Cooper has had a big season so far at Triple-A, batting .366 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs.

Milwaukee currently leads the NL Central by 5.5 games on the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Cubs make expensive trade to catch Brewers in NL Central

CHICAGO — The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired left handed pitcher José Quintana, sending prospects Eloy Jiménez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose, and Bryant Flete to the Chicago White Sox in exchange.

The Cubs sit 5 ½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers at the halfway point of the season, sending their top two prospects (Jiménez and Cease) across town in an attempt to take control of the division and retain their crown. The Cubs are also trying to hold off the St. Louis Cardinals (43-45).

Quintana was a controllable arm the Brewers were reportedly targeting in an effort to take advantage of a surprise season during what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. That public interest may have driven Quintana’s price tag upward, a move that ultimately could cost the Cubs down the line.

Milwaukee’s farm system ranks No. 5, according to MLB.com, while Chicago’s (Cubs) did not make the top 10. It would appear as though the Brewers could still go after another established player and maintain success at the minor league level.