Woodruff ready to start tonight for Brewers

September 16th, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers are adding an All-Star to their starting rotation with two weeks remaining in the regular season, albeit on a limited basis.

will start Tuesday against the Padres at Miller Park in his first game action since suffering a strained left oblique in late July. Woodruff’s pitch count is not built up, so it will be a limited outing before veteran left-hander takes over.

“If you lay it out, probably three outings is what we can get from him [in the regular season],” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “There's an ideal scenario how those outings would go. If that happens, we may be able to build him up a little bit.”

Counsell declined to reveal Woodruff’s pitch limit for Tuesday’s game.

Woodruff was added to the National League All-Star team amid what was a breakout season before he got hurt during a July 21 start at Arizona. He is 11-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 20 starts so far this year, and the team is 16-4 when he takes the mound.

Other injury updates from Monday:

• Rookie infielder remained absent from the starting lineup against the Padres, but he was getting close. Hiura, who pinch-hit on Saturday and Sunday in St. Louis, has carefully been working back from a strained left hamstring.

“I think we’re nearing a return to the lineup,” Counsell said, “but we want to have another good day today and see how that goes, see where we’re at. I don’t think it’s going to be nine innings from here on out, necessarily. We’ll just have to see. We’re still kind of in a ‘read it’ mode with Keston, still. Obviously, he’s available to hit. And I think today, if he has a good day pregame, I think he’s available in the field today if we would need him.”

• Catcher , out since Sept. 5 with a concussion, also remained headed in the right direction. He was scheduled to take part in another full workout on Monday that included hitting, running and throwing before undergoing MLB’s required concussion test. If the league approves the results, Piña would be cleared to play.

“Hopefully they give him a clean bill of health and then he’ll be another option for us,” Counsell said.