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Milwaukee Brewers: Why Scooter Gennett’s Injury Comes at the Worst Time

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Apr 10, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (2) reacts after he was ejected from the game in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett (2) reacts after he was ejected from the game in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Today, Scooter Gennett was placed on the 15-Day DL and with how he’s swung (and held back) a hot bat against all pitchers, including lefties, it doesn’t come at the best timing.

Scooter Gennett last played on Sunday against the Phillies and then sat out Tuesday’s loss against the Cubs due to a tight oblique. This morning, the Milwaukee Brewers announced he’d go on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right oblique.

Before the 2016 season began, pre-season analogy came up again about how Gennett simply cannot hit well versus left-handers. He was hitting just .124/.147/.150 against lefties with 34 Ks and 1 BB. So, although he can be an easy favorite for Milwaukee Brewers fans, it’s tough to imagine how long he’d last not hitting well against left hand pitchers.

But, after hitting a home run on Opening Day off of Madison Bumgarner, he changed his numbers up against LHPs. A little bit. It’s a small sample size, but of his 17 PAs he had the 1 HR (the only hit), but an overall .412 OBP. The 6 BBs certainly help, but he did have 6 Ks.

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The BBs are impressive as 22 is the most he had in his career back in 2014. The only thing is that took him 474 PAs and Gennett has only had 72 PAs for his 10 BBs this season.

At least this season, the Milwaukee Brewers have been willing to give him a chance against LHPs and Gennett has made the case he should keep coming to the plate. While AAA prospect infielder Orlando Arcia looks to stick to shortstop, a middle infielder in Low Single-A Isan Diaz could easily go to 2B if he’s able to go according to plan, so Gennett might have to look elsewhere down the road.

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If anything, Scooter Gennett is under club control until 2019 and anytime you’re trying to rebuild a team and can make an add-on to confirm a deal at a trade deadline, he might be an option for the Milwaukee Brewers. So, it could hurt both sides to a certain extent. Only time will tell as Milwaukee Brewers fans have to be hopeful he’ll bounce back right off the 15-day DL.

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