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Milwaukee Brewers: How many healthy players are left?

Matthew Dewoskin
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 05: Jonathan Villar #5 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a double in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on July 5, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 05: Jonathan Villar #5 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a double in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park on July 5, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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The All-Star break really can’t come fast enough for the Milwaukee Brewers. As of Sunday morning, the Brewers have 10 players on the DL with various long term and short term ailments. Let’s see how the 25-man roster looks heading into the mid-summer classic.

The Milwaukee Brewers placed two players on the DL on Saturday, and one on Sunday. They did activate starter Brent Suter, but they also had the shuttle from Colorado Springs working over time.

Who’s out?

Eric Thames and Junior Guerra hit the DL on Saturday, while Jonathan Villar was added on Sunday. These moves came after Ryan Braun and Manny Pina hit the DL on July 8th.

Who’s up?

Nate Orf and Brett Phillips are both back on the Major League roster, and Suter came off the DL.

How long will the latest additions to the DL stay out?

Villar is out with a thumb injury. The good news is that it’s just a sprain and not a more serious tear. He should come back before the end of the month, but the team hasn’t provided a time table. Brad Miller and Orf are expected to fill-in at second base while Villar heals.

Thames picked up a right hamstring strain, but it’s not expected to keep him out much longer than the 10 days he’s on the DL. Jesus Aguilar should continue to play everyday at first base, while Phillips picks up at-bats in left field.

Guerra has a right forearm strain, and his status is the most unknown. He’ll likely get an MRI over the All-Star break and that will give the team a better idea of how much time Guerra is going to need. It’s impossible to know what’s going on with him until his specific diagnosis is announced.

The Milwaukee Brewers have four healthy starters on the active roster. They’ll have to continue to roll with Suter, Chase Anderson, Jhoulys Chacin, Wade Miley, and fifth starter roulette until they add a starter or get healthy.

Was there any positive injury news from this weekend?

Jimmy Nelson started a few ‘light throwing sessions‘ from an actual mound. That’s good news for sure, but he’s still a long way off.

Next: How did Corbin Burnes stay on the roster?

The Milwaukee Brewers needed the All-Star break worse than just about any team in the league. Between the losing streak and the injuries, this team needed a few days off. Hopefully the team can take advantage of the schedule and get a few players back without too many games missed.

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