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Stepping Up in Woodruff’s Absence

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Who is going to fill the void left by Brandon Woodruff’s latest injury?

Young stud Brandon Woodruff has been the ace of the Brewers pitching staff.
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Bad news out of the Milwaukee Brewers camp, as reports are that young starter Brandon Woodruff has a left oblique injury. He is expected to hit the 10-Day IL on Monday. Woodruff fielded a ground ball out and nearly collided with Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Alex Avila during the third inning of Sunday’s game. He also took an at-bat the next half inning before heading out to pitch in the fourth inning, where he threw two strikes before time was called and trainers checked on him.

A MRI is scheduled for Monday to determine the extent of the injury. Normally, oblique injuries typically require a month and maybe more of recovery time. The injury couldn’t have came at more of bad timing for the Brew Crew, as they currently sit a couple games back of the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central at 53-48. Potentially, Woodruff could be out for a good chunk of time; this hurts the Brewers from a starting standpoint, as Woodruff was having a phenomenal year off of his breakout season last year in both the regular season and postseason race. Woodruff has posted a 11-3 record with a 3.53 ERA over 19 starts this season, including a trip to the MLB All-Star Game as an alternate for Josh Hader.

The Brewers did get a series win over Arizona this weekend, and have played well as of late, going 5-2 against the Atlanta Braves and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not sure what this means from a trade deadline standpoint, though the look or a deal for a starting pitcher may come to be more urgent now than ever. Notable arms that could be moved by the trade deadline and that have been linked to the Brewers include Marcus Stroman of Toronto, Matthew Boyd of Detroit, and Mike Minor of Texas, though those arms could be coming at a premium with the number of teams across the league still in playoff contention. The Brewers could also bring up an arm from AAA San Antonio to spot start, players like Aaron Wilkerson, Burch Smith, or even shift Adrian Houser back to a starting role once again from the bullpen. If none of those arms will be options as fill-ins, the 40-man roster may be examined and we could see prospects like Zack Brown, Bubba Derby, Thomas Jankins, or even Trey Supak down at AA Biloxi make their MLB debuts get a start as well. It seems like a stretch, but in today’s wonderful world of baseball, we may never know.

Given Jhoulys Chacin’s struggles as of late as well, I would venture to guess that we will see an acquisition take place within the next week or so. The Milwaukee Brewers open up this week with a three game stint at Miller Park versus the Cincinnati Reds.

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