Brewer Daily News for April 24th: Lohse dislocates pinky, keeping tabs on Triple-A
Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Brewer Daily News. In Monday’s win at San Diego, Milwaukee Brewers’ starter Kyle Lohse dislocated his left pinky. In the second bit of news we’re going to take a look at a few individuals currently in Triple-A.
Kyle Lohse fortunately didn’t injure his pitching hand. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
After attempting a sacrifice bunt, Lohse dislocated his left pinky as he ran into Padres’ first baseman Yonder Alonso. Lohse, who really just brushed against Alonso was immediately taken out of the game after five innings of work. Lohse doesn’t seem too concerned about the injury, especially since it was on his non-pitching hand.
"“It’ll probably be swollen for a couple days,” Lohse said. “But because I’ve done this so many times, it’ll be fine.” – via Brewers.com"
In the game, Lohse would pick up his first win of the season, improving to 1-1. In 2013, Lohse currently has a 2.52 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP and has struck out 17 batters in 25 innings of work. His next scheduled start is Sunday against Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
Secondly this morning, let’s look at a few players with the Nashville Sounds who were competing for 25-man roster spots in Spring Training. First up is the first baseman Hunter Morris. In 2013, Morris is hitting .226/.314/.486 with four home runs and ninne RBIs. Morris was a candidate to take over the job at first with all the injuries, but the Brewers decided that he needed some time in Triple-A.
Next up is pitcher Tyler Thornburg who the Brewers almost called up last week, but decided to go with Hiram Burgos instead. Thornburg has only started in four games this season and is 0-2 with an ERA of 6.30. He’s been having a tough time so far, getting roughed up in his last two starts in which he allowed five earned runs a piece. Opponents currently have a .273 average against him, but expect the righty to bounce back.
Lastly is second baseman Scooter Gennett. In Triple-A this season, Gennett is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball, hitting .386/.407/.439 with three RBIs and three stolen bases. Now granted, Gennett has only had 57 at-bats, but his ability to get on base is quite remarkable. In his last three games, Gennett has gone 7-for-13, or .537, with a triple and a stolen base. Gennett may be a strong candidate for a September call-up.
Also making his return is Jeff Bianchi who has played in five games so far and is looking to rebound from his trip to the disabled list.
Tonight the Brewers take on the Padres for the series finale at 10:10 p.m. ET / 9:10 p.m. CT. The starters will be Marco Estrada for Milwaukee and Edinson Volquez for San Diego.