Hiura (arm fatigue) scratched as precaution

Crew lifts Anderson (blister) after two frames

July 16th, 2020

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers scratched second baseman from Wednesday’s intrasquad lineup because of right arm fatigue, then cut short 's start because of a blister, representing the team’s first non-COVID-related medical matters since players returned to action this month.

Hiura was supposed to play the game wearing an earpiece and a microphone for the webcast of Game 2 of the Brewers’ Blue-Gold Series. News of Hiura’s scratch came just before the first pitch at Miller Park.

Hiura has a history of elbow issues dating to his college days at UC Irvine. The Brewers knew of a right elbow injury before they drafted him ninth overall in 2017, but he was able to avoid surgery by undergoing treatment instead, and he had not experienced any major arm trouble since.

Asked his level of concern about Hiura, Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said, "I'd term it precautionary at this point."

Hiura made his Major League debut in 2019, slashing .303/.368/.570 with 19 home runs in 84 games.

The Brewers characterized the decision to lift Anderson after two innings as precautionary.

Aside from those matters, the story of the “Gold” team’s second straight victory was right-hander Corbin Burnes, who touched 98 mph with his fastball while retiring all seven batters he faced with seven strikeouts, including Christian Yelich on a slider. Burnes was followed by another hard-thrower, Josh Hader, who recorded two outs before reaching his pitch limit and ending the game.