The Milwaukee Brewers have been without co-ace Freddy Peralta in their rotation since May 22nd when he departed his start in the 4th inning with a shoulder injury. The team immediately knew he would be out for a while.
Peralta has since been diagnosed with a Teres Major strain in his right shoulder. He was shut down from throwing for a while with a target return of August at the earliest but most likely late August or sometime in September.
Peralta has been away from the club rehabbing at the Crew’s complex in Arizona and there is some good news to report on his recovery. He’s back to throwing off a mound!
Freddy Peralta taking that next step forward in his recovery is important for the Brewers for a number of reasons.
This rotation has been battered by injuries, with the biggest blow obviously being to Peralta. But Brandon Woodruff was out for nearly a month, Aaron Ashby missed some time with a forearm issue, and now Adrian Houser is on the shelf with an elbow injury.
Going through these myriad of injuries, the Brewers have had to rely on options like Jason Alexander and Chi Chi Gonzalez to make starts this year.
However, just because Peralta progressed to throwing off a mound on Friday, doesn’t mean his timeline is moving up any earlier. It just means that so far things are on track and we should see him back on a big league mound in late August/early September.
From here, he’ll continue to stretch it out and extend the length of his bullpen sessions and work back up the strength and stamina to be back in the rotation. He’ll go on a rehab assignment as well after a couple more weeks when he’s ready for game action and the Brewers will determine how many rehab outings he needs and when they should send him out.
They’re going to be cautious with Peralta, because he’s such a young, talented, and important arm to this club. Having him at full strength for the final stretch of the regular season but, more importantly, the postseason is crucial for the Brewers’ hopes this year.
Peralta taking this next step of throwing off a mound is a very positive sign for him and the club. When it comes to September and October, this Brewers rotation being at full strength is as good as, if not better, than any other rotation in the league.