It’s safe to say that it wasn’t the best day in Brewers camp today. Today manager Craig Counsell gave an injury update on some players, and there have been better reports.
Yesterday Ryan Braun was scratched from the lineup with lower back stiffness. It was reported that it wasn’t a big deal and would return to the lineup on Saturday. However, today Counsell broke the news that Braun’s back hasn’t improved and it’s not looking like he will be in the lineup come Saturday. “It’s still day by day, and we’ll play it as it goes. It may be a little longer,” Counsell said. Braun is the best player on the team, and they need to do what is in everybody’s best interest to make sure he plays in over 140 games this year.
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Surprisingly today, Counsell announced concern over Will Smith. After pitching in a Minor League game on Thursday, Smith experienced swelling in his right knee. Counsell said, “It’s a little concerning, because there’s some swelling in his knee and we have 10 days to go.” He also said Smith will see a doctor and they will know more after.
Jimmy Nelson was scratched from his start today against the Cubs with an illness. The hope is that Nelson can pitch in Minor League camp tomorrow, and if he does he will still be on track to make his first scheduled start of the season.
Also, it was announced relief pitcher Zack Jones will open the season on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder. In more positive news, Rhymer Liriano who was hit in the eye with a pitch will only require one surgery. Counsell has said that even though he will undergo surgery, all of the signs have been positive in how Liriano will heal.