Injuries & Moves: Adames (ankle) placed on IL

May 18th, 2022

Keep track of the Brewers’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.


May 18: SS placed on IL
The Brewers placed Adames on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 16, with a high left ankle sprain and recalled infielder from Triple-A Nashville. Adames, who already has a National League Player of the Week Award under his belt this season after winning club MVP honors last year, spent all of Tuesday afternoon getting treatment in hopes of avoiding a stint on the IL as the Brewers delayed their decision one extra day. No player is ever happy to land on the IL, but Adames was particularly displeased when the move was made Wednesday morning.

"I'm just a guy following orders," he said. "It's been getting better, progressing each day. That's good. ... Whatever they think is best, that's what I'm going to do."

Adames said he expects a minimum IL stint. He's eligible for reinstatement on May 26, when the Brewers open a four-game series at St. Louis. -- Adam McCalvy

May 17: RHP placed on restricted list and RHP Trevor Kelley selected from Triple-A Nashville
MLB announced an 80-game suspension without pay for Mejía following a positive test for the synthetic steroid Stanozolol, effective immediately.

Called up to take his roster spot was Kelley, a 29-year-old with some Major League experience who was pitching well for Nashville, with a 0.69 ERA and two saves over 13 appearances this season. Asked what the club likes about Kelley's pitching style, president of baseball operations David Stearns said, "It's unique. It's funky. It's a different angle. I think the fastball kind of sneaks up on hitters. It's a look that, at the present, we don't have from the right side of our pen so it will be fun to see him out there." -- Adam McCalvy

May 16: LHP Brent Suter reinstated from paternity list and RHP placed on 15-day IL
Suter missed the Brewers' three-game series in Miami to attend the birth of his second child, a son named Layton Lee, though he stayed sharp over the weekend by playing catch with his father, Mike. He takes the place of Gustave, who was in visible discomfort on Saturday after suffering a strained right hamstring on the final pitch of the sixth inning vs. the Marlins. -- Adam McCalvy



DH Andrew McCutchen
Expected return:
Any day
McCutchen, sidelined since reporting symptoms of COVID-19 on May 7, was a must-follow on Twitter during his stint on the COVID-19 IL including on Monday, when McCutchen said he was eagerly awaiting word from MLB about when he could return to duty. Later in the day, he tweeted, "I'm cleared." The Brewers, however, did not immediately activate him. "We need to see him. Let us see him," manager Craig Counsell said. "He has [done some baseball activity] but not to a level that we probably need it. It'll be a quick ramp-up. This is not a long process for him to get back ready, but we have to get him back in the building." McCutchen took a full batting practice on May 17 as he inched closer to being activated. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: May 17)


SS (high left ankle sprain)
Expected return: May 26
The Brewers delayed placing Adames on the injured list after he reported to the field feeling significantly improved on May 17, but a day later, the Brewers placed him on the 10-day IL, retroactive to May 16, with a high left ankle sprain. Adames said he expects to be ready to come off the IL on the first day he's eligible: May 26, the day the Brewers open a four-game series at St. Louis. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: May 18)

RHP Jandel Gustave (right hamstring)
Expected return:
July at the earliest
Gustave was expected to miss about six weeks after injuring his hamstring delivering a pitch at Miami on May 14 and landing on the 15-day IL two days later. He's had an up and down start to the season out of Milwaukee's bullpen, including a stretch of seven appearances from April 11-May 4 in which he surrendered one run in 8 1/3 innings, followed by his four most recent appearances in which he was tagged with five earned runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: May 17)

RHP Jake Cousins (right elbow)
Expected return: July at the earliest
After a second opinion on his injured elbow, the right-hander is opting against surgery for now and will try 6-8 weeks of rehab, manager Craig Counsell said on May 10. The worst-case scenario is Tommy John surgery, which requires a yearlong rehab, but the second opinion will yield more information about whether surgery is a possibility. Cousins had an up-and-down April (five walks in eight innings, 1.63 WHIP), though he did log 13 strikeouts and had great movement on his signature slider. He said he'd been feeling some discomfort for about a week before landing on the IL on May 1 with right elbow effusion (which means fluid build-up).

The more ominous diagnosis apparently surprised Cousins, because when he was asked last week whether he was worried about it developing into something more serious, he said, "All of the stress tests and all of the muscle tests, I passed all of them, even when I was having my worst symptoms. If I passed them when I was in my most pain, I should be fine. it's just inflammation. We just have to wait it out." -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: May 10)

RHP Justin Topa (right elbow)
Expected return: Mid-2022
Topa was on track for the 2021 Opening Day roster before he reinjured his twice-repaired right elbow last spring. He tried to recover without another procedure, but "things went south" over the summer due to a golf ball-sized lump of scar tissue that had impeded healing, and Topa underwent surgery Sept. 14 to repair his flexor tendon. Topa faced hitters for the first time in a live batting practice session in Arizona on May 10, a significant milestone in his long comeback.

"A third Tommy John [surgery] would have been worst case. Emotions were running high there at that point when that's what we thought it was," Topa said in Spring Training. "Thankfully, on the flip side, it was just the flexor and they got in there and repaired it and started rehab right away." -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: May 10)