Injuries & Moves: Lauer recalled as Crew makes flurry of moves

September 30th, 2023


Sept. 30: LHP recalled from Triple-A Nashville; LHP and RHP Caleb Boushley optioned to Arizona Complex League; RHP  reinstated from restricted list
Lauer started Saturday against the Cubs, making his first big league appearance since May 20. The lefty went on the injured list with a non-throwing shoulder injury on May 22. He was optioned to Nashville in June and then placed on the temporary inactive list -- eventually going two months between Triple-A appearances.

Andrews and Boushley each pitched Friday night after being recalled from Nashville. Boushley, who turns 30 on Sunday, earned the win in his Major League debut.

Megill rejoined the Brewers after spending one day on the restricted list following the birth of his daughter. He was placed on the paternity list -- which allows for a maximum three-day stint -- on Tuesday, as his wife, Katie, neared her due date. The family had a healthy baby.


10-day and 15-day IL

RHP (right ring finger)
Expected return
Bukauskas injured a tendon in his right ring finger while pitching against the Marlins in Miami on Sept. 24. He made it through the outing, but landed on the 15-day IL three days later. (Last updated: Sept. 27)

DH (right quadriceps)
Expected return: TBD
Winker was rehabbing a back injury in August and he suffered another setback: A strained right quadriceps. He began another rehab assignment on Sept. 12 and rejoined the Brewers on Sept. 26 to stay sharp in case there's a need on the active roster. (Last updated: Sept. 26)

RHP (right calf)
Expected return: No sooner than Sept. 28
Vieira took the loss despite pitching well in a pair of extra innings against the Nationals on Sept. 17, and he landed on the IL the following day in favor of a fresh arm. (Last updated: Sept. 18)

60-day IL

LHP (left shoulder)
Expected return: 2024
Sidelined since he injured his shoulder in a run-up to Spring Training, Ashby progressed all summer before running into a bit of a roadblock in terms of his velocity. He has been able to make six Minor League rehab appearances in September -- three for High-A Wisconsin, two for Double-A Biloxi and one for Triple-A Nashville -- and has one more outing slated for Sunday's Sounds finale. Ashby surrendered 12 runs (11 earned) on six hits and 11 walks in six innings over those first six games, with most of the damage -- nine earned runs in 1 1/3 innings -- coming in the last two outings against more advanced hitters. In his Triple-A season debut, Ashby walked four batters and was removed from Nashville's game with two outs in the first inning.

Still, he's a promising arm and a wild card for 2024 as the Brewers plan their rotation and bullpen. The Brewers were so high on Ashby they signed him to a five-year, $20.5 million contract extension in July 2022 that runs through 2027 and has club options for '28 and '29, so there is high incentive for both sides to get him healthy and strong again over the winter. Whether he's in the club's Major League plans for next year's Opening Day is to be determined. (Last updated: Sept. 23)

1B (right knee)
Expected return: TBD
Ruf suffered a laceration to his right knee during Milwaukee's June 2 win over the Reds that was so severe it exposed tendons and ligaments. He was stitched up and landed on the injured list the following day. Further testing revealed a fractured patella (knee cap). He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Sept. 12. (Last updated: Sept. 12)

LHP (left lat strain)
Expected return: 2024
After recovering from Tommy John surgery, Wilson was supposed to make his long-awaited return during a July 28 game against Atlanta. But on his last warmup pitch before entering, Wilson sustained an injury to his left lat.

Wilson returned to Milwaukee for tests to determine the severity of the injury, which the Brewers described as "significant." The left-hander was transferred to the 60-day IL on Aug. 7. (Last updated: Aug. 7)