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Milwaukee Brewers: Is Zach Davies playing hurt?

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MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 24: Zach Davies #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers walks off the field after being relieved in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Miller Park on May 24, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 24: Zach Davies #27 of the Milwaukee Brewers walks off the field after being relieved in the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Miller Park on May 24, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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The Milwaukee Brewers lost to the rival St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 in Tuesday’s game. Zach Davies took the loss. After the game, news surfaced that he is playing through some pain.

It looks like the Milwaukee Brewers starter may be playing with a little bit of pain. According to Tom Haudricourt on Twitter, Zach Davies is not yet completely healthy. The discomfort is in his right shoulder.

The outing was just his second since his return from the disabled list with right rotator cuff inflammation.

Davies’ last start came against the New York Mets. He allowed four earned runs in his four innings of work. Tuesday’s outing was not a bounce back for Davies. The former 17 game winner surrendered five earned runs in five innings.

It is becoming pretty obvious that Davies is not at 100 percent. Since his return, he has had issues locating his pitches. Because of that, hitters are making hard contact. The Cardinals had eight hits Tuesday night.

Should the Brewers DL Zach Davies?

This season, the Brewers are showing that they may have what it takes to surprise some folks come October. The starting rotation has so far been the biggest question. In light of Davies’ soreness, he could be sent on a longer DL stint. If so, the Crew would have to look to the minors to fill his role in the starting rotation.

Who could we see up in Milwaukee?

Freddy Peralta is the obvious choice to come back to the Show if the Brewers decide to make a move. After Peralta’s dazzling debut in Colorado on Mother’s Day, he has shown that he has the ability to be a contributing factor.

One other interesting option could be the much-anticipated debut of the Crew’s top pitching prospect, Corbin Burnes.  If the Milwaukee Brewers decide to bring up last year’s organizational pitcher of the year, that would truly be a fun sight for Brewers fans.

Who is the better option?

This season Peralta has an MLB ERA of 3.72 and has struck out 18 in 9.2 innings. He has shown that he knows how to get major league hitters out and that is exactly what the Milwaukee Brewers need to stay atop the National League Central.

Burnes, on the other hand, is taking in his daily dose of Colorado Springs air as his ERA is a little over his average. At 4.96, Burnes, is having the same troubles as Josh Hader did before he came to the big league. If Hader is any indication as a predecessor, it may be worthwhile to give Burnes a shot.

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Regardless of what happens with Davies, the Milwaukee Brewers have options. If sitting out to nurse his shoulder will help him to find his groove, it is good to know there is talent in the farm system waiting patiently for the call.

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