Brewers Injury Update: Adrian Houser, Gus Varland, Tyrone Taylor Nearing Returns
By Matt Carroll
In an unfortunate ode to last season, the Brewers are starting to see the injuries pile up across the roster. Even just on Tuesday fans got word that outfielder Garrett Mitchell was confirmed to need shoulder surgery and prospect Sal Frelick had just undergone his own surgery on his thumb.
Thankfully, Milwaukee is finally starting to see the injury trend start to reverse itself. Different updates have come in over the past couple days that point to some players making their returns to the team relatively soon.
In the near future, the Brewers could find themselves with a starting pitcher, a relief pitcher, and an outfielder all returning to the roster. So let's take a look at the most recent updates we've gotten on this trio of players.
#1 Brewers Injury Update: RHP Adrian Houser
The Brewers have been without pitcher Adrian Houser since he went down during spring training with groin tightness. As a result, he began the 2023 season on the injured list and has found himself there ever since.
But Houser has been at Triple-A Nashville for a little bit now and apparently won't be for much longer. According to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy yesterday, the righty is set to make one more start for the Sounds. This means he could be back in early May, which is good news for the Crew's starting rotation.
Houser was originally set to begin 2023 in the bullpen. But with Brandon Woodruff injured, the Brewers have had to rely on a combination of Janson Junk and Colin Rea to cover his spot and the results have been subpar. Houser has been getting stretched back out as a starter and would be welcomed back as such once he returns to Milwaukee.
#2 Brewers Injury Update: RHP Gus Varland
Though the unit has largely performed well to start the season, the Brewers bullpen has still had some opportunities. Some were created by poor performances, a couple of which were addressed in various ways yesterday, while one was created by injury.
Rule 5 draft pick Gus Varland had been a solid contributor out of the pen before taking a scary comebacker in a game on April 15th. He somehow managed to escape serious injury but was still placed on the injured list afterward.
Per McCalvy, Varland will be joining the High-A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers this week and ideally should return to the big league club next week. Then hopefully his impressive rookie campaign can resume.
#3 Brewers Injury Update: OF Tyrone Taylor
It was starting to become a mystery as to when outfielder Tyrone Taylor would be ready to play in 2023. First, he was behind going into spring training. Then, he had his recovery timeline extended. Then, he suffered a setback on his journey to an eventual rehab stint.
Well on Tuesday, Taylor finally took the next step toward rejoining the MLB roster when he made his first rehab start for Triple-A Nashville. He didn't look half bad either, going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs, hitting run-scoring triple in his first at bat of the night.
Originally, it seemed like there might be some interesting roster decisions to be made once Taylor was ready to return. But with the aforementioned Mitchell on the IL, prospect Joey Wiemer off to a slow-ish start, and Blake Perkins as the backup outfielder on the roster, Taylor should get immediate playing time once he's back on the 26-man.
It can't only ever be bad news when it comes to injuries. So after so many bad news updates surrounding Brewers injuries, it's nice to finally have some good ones.