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Counsell: Infielder has 'normal soreness from getting hit in the finger'
@oapostrophesd
June 19, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell is counting his blessings one day after Mike Moustakas was hit in the left hand by a 91.8 mph fastball. “It’s good news,” Counsell said Wednesday before the Brewers wrapped an eight-game road trip with an 8-7 loss to the Padres. “He’s feeling

SAN DIEGO -- Brewers manager Craig Counsell is counting his blessings one day after Mike Moustakas was hit in the left hand by a 91.8 mph fastball.

“It’s good news,” Counsell said Wednesday before the Brewers wrapped an eight-game road trip with an 8-7 loss to the Padres. “He’s feeling good today -- normal soreness from getting hit in the finger.”

Counsell said Moustakas’ bruise is primarily affecting the middle finger on his left hand. Moustakas was able to draw a four-pitch walk as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning Wednesday and play one inning at second base. He will start again at some point in the upcoming four-game home series vs. Cincinnati.

“I don’t know for sure on Thursday, but this weekend he’ll be in the lineup,” the manager said.

Moustakas has produced 21 home runs and 45 RBIs with a .279/.350/.581 slash line while playing second base and third base. He was in second place among National League second basemen in the latest All-Star balloting update released on Monday.

Moustakas twice has avoided the injured list after a hand injury this season. He sustained a broken tip of his right ring finger on a grounder hit by the Dodgers’ Rocky Gale on April 20 and missed the next four games. This time, he was hit by a pitch from left-hander Logan Allen.

“There’s nothing you can do about where he’s getting hit,” Counsell said. “He’s fortunate that he’s only had to miss a couple days with these things. It’s no fun getting hit there.”

Notable

• Yasmani Grandal started at first base for the third time this season and the second time on the road trip.

• With Moustakas out, third baseman Travis Shaw started against Padres left-hander Matt Strahm. It was Shaw’s first start vs. a lefty since May 5, when he was in the lineup against the Mets’ Jason Vargas. Shaw entered Wednesday with a .105/.128/.132 slash line in 39 plate appearances vs. lefties.

Shaun O'Neill is a reporter/editor for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @oapostrophesd.