Brandon Woodruff took a significant step forward in his recovery as he completed his second bullpen session, according to Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The success of this bullpen session now paves the way for the team to plan out the remainder of Woodruff's return to the field.
The session proved fruitful as Woodruff threw 25 pitches, incorporating a mix of off-speed pitches, as confirmed by Adam McCalvy.
While the exact timeline for Woodruff's return remains uncertain, the positive outcome of the bullpen session indicates that he is moving in the right direction. In an interview, Woodruff cautiously mentioned that he couldn't commit to pitching in a Major League game by the end of July.
Woodruff's season has been hindered by a sub-scapular strain, which forced him to be placed on the injured list after making just two starts. However, his performance in those limited outings was exceptional. In those two starts, Woodruff pitched a total of 11 innings, allowing only one run. The impact he made in such a short span underscored his importance to the Milwaukee team.
Despite Woodruff's absence, Milwaukee has managed to perform well, showcasing their depth and resilience. However, there is no denying that having Woodruff back on the mound will be a tremendous boost for the team. His return will not only strengthen their pitching rotation but also provide a much-needed injection of confidence and energy.
Woodruff's talent and dedication have made him a key player for the Brewers, and his presence on the field will undoubtedly make a significant impact. As the team navigates the remainder of the season, they will do so with the hope of a healthy and successful return for Brandon Woodruff.
In addition to Brandon Woodruff's progress, the Milwaukee Brewers have provided an update on another talented pitcher, Aaron Ashby.
According to a report by Curt Hogg, Ashby is steadily approaching the point where he can resume bullpen sessions. It is expected that he will rejoin the team and begin throwing bullpens following the All-Star break.
The Brewers have not yet determined whether Ashby will be utilized as a starter or a reliever upon his return, as stated in the report. This decision will have an impact on the timeline for his comeback. Earlier this year, Ashby underwent surgery after a platelet-rich plasma injection failed to alleviate his injury.
Looking back at his performance last season, Ashby appeared in 40 games, including 23 starts, and posted a 4.47 ERA. As he progresses in his recovery, Ashby aims to build upon his previous achievements and further develop into the exceptional pitcher he has the potential to be.
Both of these updates are great news for the Brewers, the value Brandon Woodruff and Aaron Ashby bring to the table will provide a huge boost to their pitching staff, let's hope Woodruff and Ashby continue to trend in the right direction.