Milwaukee Brewers fans have eagerly awaited the return of their star pitcher, Brandon Woodruff. Since mid-April, he has been out of action due to a troublesome sub-scapular strain. Despite the setback, Woodruff's exceptional talent was evident in his limited appearances earlier in the season. In just two starts, he pitched 11 innings and only allowed one run to be scored.
The long-awaited moment is now approaching as Woodruff is set to make his first rehab start. His rehab assignment will begin on Saturday, July 22, with the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The team is taking a cautious approach by starting him at a lower level, aiming to gradually build his strength and ensure a solid return to form.
The T-Rats will be on the road for Woodruff's first start, taking on Dayton. After that, he could stick in Appleton for another start, or be moved up to either Double-A Biloxi or Triple-A Nashville.
Craig Counsell, the Brewers' manager, is pleased with Woodruff's progress and upcoming rehab start. Their plan is to ease him back into action through multiple rehab starts, spaced five days apart. This approach allows him the necessary time to regain his form and readiness for Major League competition.
Woodruff's recovery hasn't been without its challenges, but his determination remains unwavering. Encouraging reports indicate that he felt positive after a recent bullpen session, signaling steady progress in his rehabilitation. If all goes well, he should be back in action around mid-August.
The significance of Woodruff's return cannot be overstated for the Milwaukee Brewers. As a standout pitcher and a leader on the field, his presence has been sorely missed by the team. The Brewers ahve been without him most of the year, on top of not having Aaron Ashby, then Eric Lauer, then Wade Miley. Then the Brewers got Wade Miley back, but now he's back on the injured list. With Woodruff's return, there is renewed hope for a strong finish to the season and potential success in upcoming games.
In Woodruff's absence, the starting rotation has been managing some solid results out of guys like Colin Rea and Julio Teheran, but it's clear this group is desperately missing it's co-ace, who seemed primed for a dominant season this year after his first two starts.
Anticipation is building for Saturday's rehab start. The High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will have the privilege of witnessing the resurgence of this star pitcher, and Milwaukee Brewers fans are eagerly awaiting his return.