The Milwaukee Brewers continue to struggle with injury issues as Christian Yelich is headed to the DL. The goal was to avoid this happening, but it got to the point where it had to be done. It is retroactive to April 5th.
This leaves an open roster spot, which is filled by Taylor Williams. With this move, the Milwaukee Brewers will have nine bullpen arms. Though there will be a change on the horizon to add a starter to fill Brandon Woodruff’s turn in the rotation. That will likely be Junior Guerra, but we have been surprised before.
Williams was the favorite to be recalled following the Corey Knebel injury, however that did not happen. Instead, Adrian Houser got the nod. Following that, Woodruff was optioned down in favor of JJ Hoover. Finally Williams was recalled corresponding to Yelich. It seems like the latter has the most staying potential.
All the outfield depth almost looks genius now. Even without Yelich gracing the lineup card, the Brewers can still start Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana, and Lorenzo Cain. But, if one of those three needs a day off, it will be Eric Thames or Hernan Perez playing out there. Brett Phillips and Keon Broxton are waiting in the wings of the minors as well if they are needed.
Unfortunately, Yelich was hitting very well. His bat has been missed, and it will for the next few days until he is eligible to come off of the DL. That being said, he felt a lot of discomfort while hitting, which is what led to the DL stint. So, the hope is that a healthy Yelich can continue the momentum he found prior to the oblique issue.
It is never good to lose a star like Yelich, but it does happen. The Milwaukee Brewers are deep enough in the outfield to handle this, but the struggling bats need to come around a bit more. It is a long season, and hopefully the injury bug finds its way out of Miller Park very soon.