Colin Walsh made a strong push to make the 25-man roster spot Sunday as he went 4-4 with a 2B, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs. Coming into the game, he was batting just .208 AVG with a .375 OBP, but after he had a .321 AVG and .464 OBP.
The toughest part about Walsh making the Brewers Opening Day roster is he’d have to remain on the roster for the entire season. Walsh said after the game,
“Every time in spring training you have 28 at-bats or something, you know two hits is 100 points in average,” he said. “I wasn’t really struggling. I’ve felt really good at the plate almost all spring and today it just came together that I got good pitches to hit and did a good job with them.”
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While this, along with Jimmy Nelson’s solid 6 innings, giving up 1 earned run to lower his ERA to a mere 1.80 seemed to be the easy headline in the 3-1 win, the tone soon changed at Maryvale Baseball Park as Dodgers pitcher, Matt West, hit OF Rymer Liriano right to the face/head area.
Although, details weren’t too specific, the pitch hit Liriano on part of his left cheek and he remained on the field for a significant amount of time before being carted off the field and taken to a nearby hospital.
“He’s conscious but…it’s serious,” Craig Counsell said. “He got hit in the head. I can’t give you many details.”
Brewers’ players and fans threw out their thoughts and prayers as only time will tell when Liriano will get back on the playing field. Later after the game, reporters said he’ll likely make the Opening Day roster as he’s out of options, but will have to start the season on the disabled list.
Towards the end of the night, Brewers had one last report on the injury:
Today, the Brewers have two games playing split squad. First, at 3:05 PM, RHP Matt Garza faces the Angels and RHP Nick Tropeano. At 8:40 CDT, LHP Josh Hader faces LHP Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks. Both games can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin.