Milwaukee Brewers: What’s the latest on injured relievers?

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 05: Corey Knebel
MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 05: Corey Knebel /

Milwaukee Brewers bullpen is missing a few key components. When will their injured relievers return?

Boone Logan and Corey Knebel are still on the shelf. Could one or both be nearing a return to the active roster?

What’s new for Logan?

Logan signed a one-year deal with an option year this past off season. Expected to start the 2018 season as the Milwaukee Brewers designated ‘LOOGY’, Logan injured his triceps late in Spring Training. It’s believed that the injury will take about six weeks to return from.

Logan is about four weeks into his rehab, and actually threw his first bullpen session on Wednesday. If he avoids any setbacks, Logan has a chance to return in early-to-mid May.

How long until Knebel returns?

Knebel has been out for two weeks. It was originally announced that his injury will take at least six weeks to come back from. Knebel is over a month away from returning to ninth inning duties. He’s also still feeling the impact of his hamstring injury.

How’s the bullpen doing without Logan and Knebel?

Not bad, actually. The Milwaukee Brewers don’t have a ton of depth in the bullpen, but they’re managing well. Jacob Barnes, Josh Hader, and Matt Albers are in a rotation for closing duties. Dan Jennings is the designated ‘other lefty’, but he isn’t limited to just a tough righty or two. He can work full innings. The Brewers bullpen isn’t in great shape without their closer and a capable lefty, but the results could be a lot worse.

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The Milwaukee Brewers managed to succeed with mix in the ninth inning, and a few surprises in Jennings and Taylor Williams. While the returns of Knebel and Logan will help in May, the current group has kept the team afloat. The only reliever who’s struggling right now is Oliver Drake, and he appears ticketed for Colorado Springs the next time the Brewers need to make a move.