The Milwaukee Brewers bullpen has flourished so far in the 2018 season. And they are about to get even better. Corey Knebel and Boone Logan are both nearing a return to the Crew.
Both relievers have been assigned to rehab in Double A with the Biloxi Shuckers. While the Milwaukee Brewers already have a spectacular bullpen, having Corey Knebel and Boone Logan in the mix as well is helpful. Especially Knebel, who has been missed in the closing role.
Corey Knebel injured his hamstring early in the season. His return means the Milwaukee Brewers will no longer have to close by committee. He made his first appearance for the Shuckers on Thursday. In an eight pitch inning, he struck out one batter while retiring the side.
Knebel will appear in a few more games, potentially three or four, for Biloxi before returning to Milwaukee. While this is dependent on his performance and no further setbacks, it is good news for the Crew.
Boone Logan is even closer to returning than Knebel is. Rehabbing a triceps injury, he has thrown three times for the Shuckers. He threw Wednesday, striking out two in his inning of work.
Though one of his appearances wasn’t great, allowing three earned runs without a single out, he is about ready to be back in the Majors.
Who will make room for the relievers?
There are a few possibilities. And, it’s all subject to change. Based on the rate that the Milwaukee Brewers are getting injured, by the time these two pitchers are ready, they may be taking the spot of an injured player for the time being.
But, the possibilities include sending down Jorge Lopez, Brett Phillips, and Taylor Williams. Lopez was just recalled, but his time with the Crew may be short-lived. Phillips was also recently called up, and the Brewers really don’t need five outfielders. Taylor Williams is another option, but he is the least likely out of the three to be sent down.
When Corey Knebel and Boone Logan are both at full health, the Milwaukee Brewers will be a better team.