Here's when injured Brewers are due back

May 14th, 2021

MILWAUKEE -- If you had trouble keeping track of the Brewers’ myriad injured list placements during the second half of Spring Training and throughout the opening month of the regular season, fret not. The number was rather staggering: Nineteen players hit the IL before the Brewers played their 28th game.

There’s no search engine to check whether that represents a record, but suffice it to say, it’s a lot.

"We're being challenged. That's certain,” Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “We're digging deep into that depth. For a while, we were digging deep to the position-player depth and the pitching was more or less untouched. And now we're pretty deep on both sides.”

To help you keep track, here’s a chronological list of the Brewers who are sidelined and what we know. We’ll amend this story whenever updates are available.

IF/OF (60-day)
Expected return:
June

Lopes came to camp with a shot to make the team as a utility man but injured his right oblique on a swing during the Brewers’ fourth Spring Training game and was placed on the IL on March 8. He was healthy enough to play some infield in the Brewers’ Minor League Spring Training games during the second half of April -- mostly second base, plus some third base and shortstop -- and he was sent on a 20-day rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on May 11. Lopes celebrated by hitting a home run in his first game. (Last updated: May 12)

IF/OF (60-day)
Expected return:
2022

Like Lopes, Mathias was in the running for the Opening Day roster after a strong showing with the Brewers last year. He injured his right shoulder on a diving play against the Giants on March 9 and was diagnosed with a tear at the back of his labrum following an MRI scan. Mathias initially opted for a non-surgical rehab but altered course and underwent a season-ending procedure on May 4 to repair and stabilize the joint. “I am not going to back down from the challenge of coming back from one of the toughest injuries baseball has to offer,” Mathias wrote on Twitter. (Last updated: May 5)

OF (10-day)
Expected return:
Mid- to late May

Fisher was having a solid spring before he sustained a left hamstring strain while scoring a run against the Mariners on March 14, ending a spirited roster battle with fellow out-of-options outfielder Billy McKinney and landing Fisher on the 10-day IL as of Opening Day. He was able to play at the team’s alternate training site and was sent to Triple-A Nashville on a 20-day rehab assignment when the Minor League seasons began on May 4. (Last updated: May 4)

RHP (60-day)
Expected return:
Second half

The Brewers expected Topa, MLB Pipeline’s No. 29 Brewers prospect despite the fact that he’s 30 years old, to play a significant bullpen role this season after a promising Major League debut late in 2020. But he reinjured his twice-repaired right elbow at the very end of Spring Training and was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain that was expected to sideline him at least for the first half of 2021. As of the end of April, he was at the team’s Arizona complex doing rehabilitation but had not yet begun a throwing program. (Last updated: May 1)

RHP (60-day)
Expected return:
June

Wahl missed the 2019 season following surgery for a torn ACL in his right knee and made only three Major League appearances in 2020, but he was positioned to be one of the relievers up and down from the Minors as needed in 2021 before he sustained a right oblique strain during a March 15 outing against the Padres. He was back throwing bullpen sessions as of the end of April and he was sent to Double-A Biloxi on a 30-day rehab assignment on May 11. (Last updated: May 12)

IF (10-day)
Expected return: Mid- to late May

Peterson has a nerve issue in his left thumb that dates to Spring Training and required a trip to Los Angeles just before Opening Day for a cryotherapy procedure that freezes the troublesome nerve. He was called up to the Brewers on April 10 when second baseman Kolten Wong hit the IL with an oblique injury, then placed on the IL himself on April 23 when Wong returned. Peterson’s timeline depends on pain tolerance, and he was sent on a rehab assignment to Triple-A Nashville on May 4. (Last updated: May 4)

IF (7-day concussion IL)
Expected return:
TBD

Robertson was hit by a pitch on the helmet in the ninth inning of the Brewers’ 6-0 win over the Cubs on April 24 and he initially avoided the IL, but when his symptoms lingered a few days, the Brewers elected to take the cautious approach and utilize MLB’s concussion list. Robertson was feeling good enough as of May 5 to take part in a more strenuous workout on the field, meaning he was close. Robertson began a Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Thursday with Triple-A Nashville.

“He’s getting better,” president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “With concussions, we’ll be as cautious as we can be. The ramp-up is slow and we just have to make sure we’re checking all the boxes. But he is getting better each day.” (Last updated: May 14)

RHP (10-day)
Expected return:
TBD

Yardley was a surprise add to the 10-day IL with a right shoulder strain just a few minutes before the first pitch of Saturday's game against the Dodgers. He’d had trouble getting loose in his previous outing against the Marlins, and out of an abundance of caution, the Brewers opted to give him time for the issue to calm down. The club does not expect Yardley to need much time, if any, beyond May 10 when he’s eligible for reinstatement. (Last updated: May 3)

RHP (60-day)
Expected to return:
June or July

File, the Brewers’ No. 26 prospect according to MLB Pipleine, was one of the 40-man roster pitchers expected to help at the Major League level in 2021 before he sustained a stress fracture in his right elbow and underwent surgery on Feb. 4. Because he has yet to log any Major League service, the Brewers were allowed to simply option File to the Minors during Spring Training rather than place him on the IL, but their myriad other issues forced them to make a paper move on Sunday that recalled him from the Minors and added him to the 60-day IL in order to free a 40-man roster spot.  He is in Arizona and was just beginning a throwing program as of late April, said Stearns, who indicated that, “realistically,” File will not be ready to pitch for the Brewers until June or July. (Last updated: May 3)

LF (10-day)
Expected to return: As soon as next week

Yelich spent three weeks on the IL with lower back stiffness before going 2-for-4 in the Brewers’ loss in Philadelphia on May 3 and going right back on the 10-day IL the very next day. It’s been a frustrating situation for everyone, especially Yelich, but after getting back on the field for pregame workouts the week of May 10, he was sent out to Triple-A Nashville to begin a rehabilitation assignment on Friday. The Brewers planned to let him play through the weekend and then re-evaluate. (Last updated: May 14)