Injuries & Moves: 'Concerning' setback for Bukauskas

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June 14: RHP to undergo right knee surgery
An early-season standout as the Brewers covered the absence of All-Star closer Devin Williams, Uribe struggled, was suspended and then demoted to Triple-A Nashville, and now faces the prospect of surgery for a right lateral meniscus tear, according to GM Matt Arnold. Uribe also had surgery for a torn meniscus in 2022, but that was his left knee.

Uribe isn't on the active MLB roster at the moment, but he is on the 40-man roster, so he was an option to help the bullpen at some point if needed.

"It's one of those where once they get in there they can determine [the extent of the surgical repair]," said Arnold, who indicated that there's a chance Uribe is able to pitch again this season. "It could just be a light cleanup."

If Uribe is called up to the Majors at any point this season or beyond, he will first have to serve a four-game suspension levied in the wake of an on-field fight with the Rays in Milwaukee on April 30.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP (low back strain)
Expected return: TBD
Ross was placed on the IL on May 21 after he exited his May 20 start having thrown just one inning (15 pitches). The Brewers had hoped he would be ready to return from the IL during the team's June 17-23 trip to play the Angels and Padres, but he had a setback and now won't make that timeframe, manager Pat Murphy said. Ross said he hopes to resume playing catch during that trip, but that was tentative as of June 16. (Last updated: June 16)

LHP (left flexor strain)
Expected return: TBD
Gasser was placed on the injured list on June 5 with a left flexor strain in his elbow. Gasser, the Brewers’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, told reporters on June 8 that Dr. Neal ElAttrache examined him this week and informed him that there wasn’t a break in the elbow, but that the ulnar collateral ligament “wasn’t as strong as it should be,” and impacted his durability.

Gasser said he plans to seek another opinion soon and he's "trying to figure out what the best thing is to do" while attempting to work out the strain. There's a chance he won't pitch again this season, though Gasser had yet to make that decision as of June 10. He is scheduled for a third opinion with Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas on June 18. (Last updated: June 12)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
Bukauskas began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville on June 13 and reported feeling fine after pitching his one scheduled inning, but he woke up the next morning in significant discomfort and returned to Milwaukee for an MRI scan on June 15.

"It's concerning," manager Pat Murphy said. "It's clearly a setback." (Last updated: June 16)

OF (fractured left index finger)
Expected return
: Late June
Mitchell, injured while taking batting practice the weekend before Opening Day, traveled to the Brewers' complex in Phoenix the week of June 3 to face live pitching and complete his comeback to game action. On June 10, he was formally assigned to the Arizona Complex League to begin a rehab assignment that moved to Triple-A Nashville on June 13. The Brewers plan to give Mitchell extended time in the Minors to rebuild a foundation, manager Pat Murphy said, considering his long absence.

"You talk to him, he's feeling great," Murphy said on June 16. "You talk to everybody else, he's rusty. Understandable."

The 25-year-old was in line to be Milwaukee's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, and he could still slot into those roles upon his return, though Murphy also said Mitchell may begin in a reserve role once healthy. (Last updated: June 16)

RHP (head, right shoulder)
Expected return: Mid-June
With his velocity down during a Minor League rehab assignment at Triple-A Nashville, the Brewers opted to send him to the team's complex in Arizona to work on mechanical adjustments over four simulated innings in his next outing on June 12. Junis and the Brewers agreed he would have one more simulated outing of three "ups" on June 17 before a potential callup to the Majors later that week. Whether he makes an abbreviated start upon his return or joins the bullpen is to be determined. (Last updated: June 14)

LHP (left knee sprain)
Expected return: Late June
Hall, who'd been struggling to establish himself as a starter before he tweaked his left knee fielding a bunt on April 20, had one rehab assignment cut short in May before resuming on June 13 with Triple-A Nashville. He was charged with two earned runs on two hits and a walk while recording only two outs on 40 pitches, but the important takeaways were that Hall touched 95 mph and came off the mound healthy. (Last updated: June 14)

RHP (back stress fractures)
Expected return: Late July
The Brewers' closer played catch on May 18, marking his first significant step since he was diagnosed with two stress fractures in his back in mid-March. Williams said he is on schedule and hopes to be back pitching in the Majors by late July.

Williams, who won the Trevor Hoffman Award as the best closer in the National League with 36 saves and a 1.53 ERA last season, gave up four runs, four walks and two hits in two appearances over 1 1/3 innings this spring. (Last updated: May 18)

LHP (torn UCL)
Expected return: 2025
Miley will miss the remainder of 2024 due to UCL surgery, which typically requires a 10- to 12-month rehab. The surgery was completed on May 7 in Cincinnati, with Dr. Timothy Kremchek operating. Miley underwent testing April 23 on his left elbow to try to diagnose inflammation that he said felt different from the usual bone spurs-related pain he has tried to manage for the past three to four years, and the results initially came back inconclusive on April 24.

Miley flew to Cincinnati that day to have an in-person meeting with doctors and undergo an arthrogram to assess the integrity of the ligaments in the region, which confirmed the structural damage. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 30. (Last updated: May 7)

RHP (right shoulder)
Expected return: Late 2024 or 2025
Woodruff underwent shoulder surgery on his throwing arm in October 2023 and was non-tendered by the Brewers the following month. He signed a two-year deal with the club on Feb. 21, when he was placed on the 60-day IL, and will rehab in Milwaukee throughout the season after beginning a throwing program in mid-February. (Last updated: Feb. 21)