Injuries & Moves: Updates on Renfroe, Houser

July 4th, 2022

Keep track of the Brewers’ recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.

LATEST NEWS

July 4: OF resumes field work
Renfroe was on the field pregame for the first time since landing on the 10-day injured list on June 26 (retroactive to June 23) with a left calf strain. The Brewers outfielder was seen throwing, running and hitting during batting practice. Manager Craig Counsell said that Renfroe is “getting closer to playing.” -- Joey Pollizze

July 4: RHP still without a timetable and not throwing yet
Houser exited his June 30 start against the Pirates after 2 1/3 innings with a right flexor strain. The right-hander was feeling much better on Monday, but he isn’t at the stage of throwing yet. The hope is that he will start to play catch soon. -- Joey Pollizze

July 3: C reinstated from restricted list, OF placed on 7-day concussion IL
Severino completed a PED suspension handed down two days before Opening Day and was active for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. To free a spot, the Brewers placed Taylor on the concussion IL as the result of his chase for a fly ball on Thursday night, when he banged into the wall and was struck in the face by the baseball. He appeared in a blowout win the next night, but developed symptoms overnight at the team hotel and the Brewers opted to make a move. -- Adam McCalvy

INJURY UPDATES

7-day concussion injured list

OF Tyrone Taylor
Expected return:
July 9
Taylor banged into the outfield wall at PNC Park on June 30 while chasing a fly ball, and was struck in the face by the baseball. He stayed in the game and appeared late in a blowout win over the Pirates the next night, but developed symptoms overnight in the team hotel, so the Brewers opted to place him on the concussion IL in order to free a spot for catcher Pedro Severino's return from suspension. Said Taylor on July 3: "I was feeling achy only in the area that it happened in. Then I went to bed the next night feeling more pressure and more symptoms, so I communicated with Scott [Barringer, Milwaukee's head athletic trainer] and they put me in concussion protocol. I'm feeling better already; my head has less pressure. So, I should be good soon." -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: July 3)

10-day and 15-day injured list

OF (left calf strain)
Expected return
: TBD
After getting treatment for several days in an effort to avoid the IL, Renfroe was shut down with a left calf injury he said he first felt during the Brewers' visit to New York on the last road trip. When the pain persisted, he underwent an MRI scan that revealed "more damage than we thought," Renfroe said.

It's Renfroe's second IL stint; he missed two weeks with a right hamstring injury in late May and early June. His current stint was made retroactive to June 23, so he was eligible for reinstatement beginning July 3. Although Renfroe is still recovering from the injury, the outfielder is taking the necessary steps towards a return. He made his way to the field pregame for the first time since landing on the IL, and he was seen throwing, hitting and running. -- Adam McCalvy/Joey Pollizze (Last updated: July 4)

RHP Miguel Sánchez (right UCL discomfort)
Expected return:
Mid-July
Sánchez was pitching his way into a prominent bullpen role when he felt pain in his forearm during a throwing session on June 24. An MRI the following day showed no major structural damage, but Sánchez landed on the IL and was shut down for a time. Sánchez dodged another serious injury a few days later when he was struck on the jaw by a batted ball in batting practice during the Brewers' June 28-29 series against the Rays at Tropicana Field. He threw on flat ground July 2 at Pittsburgh in a promising sign of progress. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: July 2)

RHP Luis Perdomo (right elbow effusion)
Expected return:
TBD
Perdomo had swelling in his pitching elbow after his appearance on May 27 and was placed on the injured list the next day. He's in Arizona, but as of July 2, Perdomo was not making good progress. Said manager Craig Counsell: "He's struggled a little bit to get going." -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: July 2)

LHP (right flexor strain)
Expected return: Late July
Houser, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2016, felt tightness on the top and back of his right elbow before departing his June 30 start in Pittsburgh and traveling back to Milwaukee for an MRI. The scan revealed a flexor strain, but did not raise alarms about his UCL. That qualified as good news, and the Brewers believe Houser could be throwing again within a couple of weeks. He had not been pitching well before the injury, posting a 6.54 ERA and an .859 opponents’ OPS over his previous six outings before the start against the Pirates. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: July 1)

C Alex Jackson (left middle finger sprain)
Expected return:
July
Jackson sprained his left middle finger during the Brewers' June 4 loss to the Padres, and he was unavailable for several days but kept on the roster with Omar Narváez in COVID protocol. When Narváez returned on June 10, Jackson was placed on the IL. The journeyman backstop is 3-for-12 (.250) with no extra-base hits in five games for Milwaukee this season. -- Joe Trezza (Last updated: June 10)

60-day injured list

RHP Freddy Peralta (right posterior shoulder strain)
Expected return:
August or September
Peralta came into his eighth start of the season on a roll before complaining of shoulder tightness in a May 22 start against the Nationals. An MRI on May 23 revealed the strain, and while surgery is not currently on the table, the Brewers expect Peralta to miss a significant amount of time. He began playing catch at the team's rehab facility in Arizona in mid-June and threw off a mound there on July 1, marking a significant step. The Brewers hope to have a firmer idea of a timetable by the All-Star break, according to president of baseball operations David Stearns.

The expectation remains that Peralta will not only pitch again this season, but return with enough time to lay a good foundation for potential postseason starts should the Brewers get that far. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: July 3)

RHP Jake Cousins (right elbow)
Expected return: July at the earliest
After receiving a second opinion on his injured elbow, the right-handed Cousins is opting against surgery for now and will try 6-8 weeks of rehab. The good news, he said, is that the opinion from the Brewers' doctor and his second opinion in the Dallas area were the same: It's best to try a non-surgical approach first. He underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection on May 17 and will travel to Phoenix for 4-6 weeks of rest and treatment before beginning a throwing program.

The Brewers shifted Cousins to the 60-day IL on June 1, and he's eligible for reinstatement beginning June 30. He visited Milwaukee the weekend of June 25-26 and said his first two flat-ground throwing sessions had gone well.

Cousins had an up-and-down April (five walks in eight innings, 1.63 WHIP), though he did log 13 strikeouts and had great movement on his signature slider. He said he'd been feeling some discomfort for about a week before landing on the IL on May 1 with right elbow effusion (which means fluid build-up). Further testing revealed damage to his UCL. -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: June 25)

RHP Justin Topa (right elbow)
Expected return: Mid-2022
Topa was on track for the 2021 Opening Day roster before he reinjured his twice-repaired right elbow last spring. He tried to recover without another procedure, but "things went south" over the summer due to a golf ball-sized lump of scar tissue that had impeded healing, and Topa underwent surgery Sept. 14 to repair his flexor tendon. Topa faced hitters for the first time in a live batting practice session in Arizona on May 10, a significant milestone in his long comeback.

"A third Tommy John [surgery] would have been worst case. Emotions were running high there at that point when that's what we thought it was," Topa said in Spring Training. "Thankfully, on the flip side, it was just the flexor and they got in there and repaired it and started rehab right away." -- Adam McCalvy (Last updated: May 10)