Good morning everyone and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Brewer Daily News. After getting out of the way of a hit ball and injuring his hamstring, Milwaukee Brewers’ closer Jim Henderson looks poised to come back Sunday. Secondly, the Brewers (21-35) were dismantled by the Oakland Athletics (35-24) last night.
Henderson was at the wrong end of a Russell Martin hard hit grounder on May 24th as he avoided the ball, but landed awkwardly on his right leg. After he was unable to get up, Henderson was helped off the field and placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.
“I feel like I could go pitch effectively now,” Henderson said. “But the intensity will ramp up with the bullpens and stuff, so just make sure that’s OK.” – via Brewers.com
This season, Henderson was given the job as the closer after John Axford couldn’t finish out the games. Since being in the role, Henderson has nine saves on the season with a low 0.92 ERA and has yet to blow a save. Henderson will be eligible to come off of the DL Sunday and he thinks he’ll be more than ready by then.
Last night, the Brewers lost 10-2 to the A’s. Marco Estrada started for Milwaukee and left the game in the 5th inning with a leg injury. Unfortunately Estrada also picked up his fourth loss of the season as he gave up five runs in four innings with nine hits, one walk but did strike out three. Burke Badenhop and Donovan Hand gave up four runs in relief, though one of the two runs Hand gave up was unearned. Axford however pitched a scoreless 9th inning, only allowing a hit.
Rickie Weeks did all the damage for Milwaukee as he hit a two-run homer in the 5th inning. Weeks almost hit a second home run in the 7th inning, but it was eventually rule a triple after the umpires reviewed the video. The Brewers were limited to only six hits, two of which Weeks had.
Tonight the Brewers will take on the A’s for game two of the series at 8:10 p.m. ET / 7:10 p.m. CT. The projected starters are Kyle Lohse (1-6, 4.37 ERA) for Milwaukee and A.J. Griffin (5-4, 4.04 ERA) for Oakland.