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Scratched before MLB debut, Woodruff to DL

Right hamstring tightness keeps Brewers No. 8 prospect out of G1; Suter steps in
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ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers promoted their No. 8 prospect, Brandon Woodruff, to make his Major League debut on Tuesday afternoon, but minutes before he was scheduled to start against the Cardinals he was scratched with right hamstring tightness. He was later placed on the 10-day disabled list.

"It's just terrible for the kid," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said following his team's 6-0 loss in the first game of the day-night doubleheader. "He ran some sprints. He was fine. He started stretching, and when he was stretching he felt something grab pretty good in his hamstring. He was unable to pitch. It probably happened 25 minutes before the game. We went to [Brent Suter]."

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ST. LOUIS -- The Brewers promoted their No. 8 prospect, Brandon Woodruff, to make his Major League debut on Tuesday afternoon, but minutes before he was scheduled to start against the Cardinals he was scratched with right hamstring tightness. He was later placed on the 10-day disabled list.

"It's just terrible for the kid," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said following his team's 6-0 loss in the first game of the day-night doubleheader. "He ran some sprints. He was fine. He started stretching, and when he was stretching he felt something grab pretty good in his hamstring. He was unable to pitch. It probably happened 25 minutes before the game. We went to [Brent Suter]."

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Earlier in the day, Counsell praised the work Woodruff had done to that point to earn the opportunity to make his first Major League start.

"He's taken the biggest steps probably of anybody in the organization if you go back to the beginning of last year," Counsell said. "It's the reason he's here is that he's been the best performer from the start of last season. He's earned this. He's been on a path and really consistent every time out of what he's giving you and just developing as a starting pitcher. He's done a nice job."

With Woodruff unable to pitch, Counsell turned to Suter, who was promoted from Triple-A to be the 26th player on the roster for the doubleheader.

Video: MIL@STL: Suter strikes out Martinez swinging

The left-hander proved to be much more important than that when he found out just minutes before the game he would be making his third career start.

"I was surprised to say the least," Suter said. "I was in there eating crackers getting ready for the game and got the call, 'Hey Sute.' I thought it was like bad news or something. I thought something happened. It turns out it kind of was bad news Woody went down. But 25 minutes later I'm starting at Busch Stadium."

Suter got some help from a veteran teammate.

"[Matt Garza] did a great job," he said. "He could see my wheels spinning. I was getting my shoes on real quick and he said, 'Hey, dude, we're on you. Mentally slow down. Physically you can get going, but mentally just breathe and you got this' kind of thing. So that was really awesome by him."

Suter, who tossed 1 2/3 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Sunday, allowed three runs -- all in the fifth inning -- on five hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one, and he also recorded his first Major League hit on a single in the fifth inning off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn.

Video: MIL@STL: Suter singles to left for first career hit

"I felt pretty good," he said. "Being honest, the fifth inning I started losing a little gas. I was trying to reach down deep and didn't make my pitches when I had to. But you have to tip your hat to them. They battled. I think [Jose Martinez] -- who hit one of his two homers of the day off Suter -- was sitting on curveball for a couple pitches there. Fouled off some fastballs that I thought I placed pretty well. Then I gave him the curveball, hung it a little bit and he just took advantage of it.

"That was a big change in the game. Give them some credit. They took advantage of some good pitches and some bad pitches."

Nate Latsch is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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