Is the curse of the Brewers upon us?
Just as Milwaukee is focusing on staying healthy and getting ready for the postseason, they lose one of their most important pitchers, setup man Devin Williams, to a stupid, completely avoidable injury.
The news broke on Wednesday afternoon.
Devin Williams is going to miss the postseason after breaking his pitching hand punching a wall.
Yes, this is real life. This is actually happening right now. Devin Williams is out after getting upset while drunk in celebration on Sunday and punched a wall with his pitching hand.
Of all the things to derail the Brewers plans to stay healthy and stay ready for the postseason, this has to be by far the most infuriating.
Now what happens in the Brewers bullpen after Williams’ injury?
With Williams no longer able to pitch his usual 8th inning, Brad Boxberger appears to be the most obvious candidate to slide into that role. This will likely lead to increased usage of Aaron Ashby as well.
Jake Cousins will also get more late inning opportunities with Williams out, but first Cousins has to return from his own biceps injury.
This is a massive blow to a Brewers bullpen that was already short on depth.
Williams will need surgery to fix his hand, and whenever a pitching hand has to go under the knife, there’s always a concern about what could go wrong and if Williams will get back to what he was before.
Anyone who’s watched Bull Durham knows the many lessons of Crash Davis, and one of the most important is to NEVER PUNCH WITH YOUR PITCHING HAND. Yet Williams did, after getting upset about something. Not sure what there would be to get upset about in a division clinching celebration, but yet he did and punched a wall and now Williams and the rest of the team suffer the consequences of it.
Williams bears the brunt of the pain and the embarrassment of this incident, but his teammates will have to somehow make up for his absence and their chances of winning a World Series this year have taken a hit with this news.
It’s an extremely unfortunate situation all the way around, and the Brewers hopes of being 100% healthy going into October have been dashed with the loss of one of their most important bullpen pieces.