Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain left early on Tuesday night. Could he need more time on the shelf?
When it rains, it pours. The Milwaukee Brewers already have four starting pitchers working their way back from injuries. Now the injury bug has hit their position players as well.
Center fielder Lorenzo Cain left Tuesday night’s game early after fouling a ball off his left knee in the first at-bat of the game. He needed a few minutes before he could get himself upright, and was replaced by Ben Gamel. What’s even worse is that it was the same knee that he came up favoring after a diving catch on Monday night.
Was anyone else out on Tuesday?
Christian Yelich got the night off due a flare up of his back issues that keep popping up. If Cain and Yelich both need to miss a few games, the Milwaukee Brewers may have to roll an outfield of Gamel, Ryan Braun, and Trent Grisham out there.
Will Cain miss any time?
It’s unclear if Cain will need a game off or longer. The Milwaukee Brewers have yet to provide an update, but his status should be a lot clearer before the first pitch on Wednesday night.
How banged up are the Brewers right now?
The good news is that the only position players on the Milwaukee Brewers injury report are Cain and Yelich. Well…it’s not good news, that their center fielder and the reigning National League MVP are hurting, but it’s nearly as bad as what’s going on with the Brewers rotation.
The Milwaukee Brewers have eight pitchers who are either out or working their way back from injury. The current outbreak of injuries to the pitching staff has really tested the Brewers organizational depth. The team has had to turn to a lot of names that weren’t on the roster, or in the organization on Opening Day.
If the injury bug that’s plaguing the pitching staff spreads to the rest of the roster, the Milwaukee Brewers can forget the playoffs for 2019. Extended time off for a few key position players would likely end any playoff hopes the team has. The Brewers have a few days off coming up, and they really couldn’t be happening at a better time. The team needs a chance to catch its breath, and, hopefully, get a few players back.