Keep track of the Brewers' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.
June 14: Hunter Strickland added to active roster
The Brewers acquired Strickland from the Angels for cash Saturday and he joined the team Sunday to meet pitching coach Chris Hook, bullpen coach Steve Karsay and his new teammates. On Monday, Strickland was active for his third team in 2021 following earlier stints with the Rays and Angels.
June 14: Patrick Weigel optioned to Triple-A Nashville
Weigel, acquired from Atlanta in April, has been yo-yoed between the Minors and Majors since then because he has options. He didn’t get into a game for the Brewers during this stint.
June 12: 3B Travis Shaw moved to 60-day IL
Shaw was moved to the 60-day injured list on June 12, confirming that he'll be on the shelf at least through early-August. Luís Urias will likely take the majority of the time at third base while Shaw is out. Infielder Pablo Reyes and utilitymen Jace Peterson and Daniel Robertson could also spend time at the hot corner.
June 12: OF Tyrone Taylor placed on 10-day IL
Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Taylor hurt his shoulder while throwing before the game on June 11. Taylor couldn't take batting practice after feeling "something grab pretty hard" on an "innocent throw," and an MRI revealed a minor injury that now forces him on the shelf.
June 12: INF/OF Tim Lopes recalled from Triple-A Nashville
To fill Tyrone Taylor's spot on the active roster, Milwaukee called Lopes up from Triple-A Nashville. Manager Craig Counsell said Lopes is in the "mold" of Jace Peterson as a player who can move all around the field, which is how the Brewers plan to use him. Lopes has a career .252 average and 22 extra-base hits in 87 big league games.
2B Kolten Wong (left oblique strain)
Expected return: June 17-20
When the Brewers head to Colorado to start a six-game road trip on June 17, Wong may be right there with them. Wong started hitting off a tee on June 10, and he took batting practice on the field for the first time on June 14.
“He's been hitting in the cage, but [June 14] was the first day he was on the field, so that's a good sign,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Day One on the field, we'll progress and do a very similar thing [June 15] and then kind of see where we're at.” (Last updated: June 14)
OF Tyrone Taylor (right shoulder strain)
Expected return: June 21
Taylor was placed on the injured list on June 12 (retroactive to June 11) after hurting his shoulder throwing during batting practice on June 11. He wasn't able to take batting practice due to the ailment. An MRI showed an injury that is "relatively minor," though it was enough to place him on the shelf for the time being. (Last updated: June 12)
CF Lorenzo Cain (right hamstring strain)
Expected return: After July 1
The Brewers placed Cain on the 10-day injured list after he tweaked his right leg making a running catch against the Tigers on Memorial Day, and while Cain has been able to do some light pregame work, the Brewers won’t consider reinstating him until July 1 or thereafter, manager Craig Counsell said.
“He’s progressing, but it's a serious injury, so we have to take our time to build his strength back up,” Counsell said. Cain elected not to play most of the shortened 2020 season and has had trouble getting his legs under him since returning. He missed much of Spring Training with a right quad strain, then spent a little more than two weeks on the IL in April and May with a left quad strain. (Last updated: June 9)
LHP Angel Perdomo (lower back strain)
Expected return: Second half of June
Perdomo was placed on the injured list prior to the Brewers' series finale against the Nationals in D.C. on May 30. He had last pitched on May 24, when he issued two walks and gave up a home run to the Padres before being lifted without recording an out. He played catch June 7 and 8 and the Brewers hoped to get him on the mound by the end of the week to test his back.
“He’ll have a couple of those, so I wouldn’t expect to see him before the end of the next homestand,” Counsell said. “He’s going to have to pitch in [Minor League] games before he’s active again.” (Last updated: June 8)
OF Derek Fisher (left calf strain)
Expected return: TBD
Fisher was having a solid spring before he sustained a left hamstring strain while scoring a run against the Mariners on March 14, ending a spirited roster battle with fellow out-of-options outfielder Billy McKinney and landing Fisher on the 10-day IL as of Opening Day. He was able to play at the team’s alternate training site and was sent to Triple-A Nashville on a 20-day rehab assignment when the Minor League seasons began on May 4, but he suffered a new injury -- a left calf strain -- and was shut down. As of June 4, he was ready to play again, so the Brewers once again assigned him to Nashville on rehab. (Last updated: June 4)
RHP Dylan File (right elbow stress fracture)
Expected to return: June or July
File, the Brewers’ No. 26 prospect according to MLB Pipleine, was one of the 40-man roster pitchers expected to help at the Major League level in 2021 before he sustained a stress fracture in his right elbow and underwent surgery on Feb. 4. Because he has yet to log any Major League service, the Brewers were allowed to simply option File to the Minors during Spring Training rather than place him on the IL, but their myriad other issues forced them to make a paper move on Sunday that recalled him from the Minors and added him to the 60-day IL in order to free a 40-man roster spot. He is in Arizona and was just beginning a throwing program as of late April, said president of baseball operations David Stearns, who indicated that, “realistically,” File will not be ready to pitch for the Brewers until June or July. (Last updated: May 3)
3B Travis Shaw (dislocated left shoulder)
Expected return: August
Shaw said he's "still pretty stiff, pretty sore and having trouble lifting my arm up." The move to the 60-day IL on June 12 opened up a roster spot while ensuring Shaw won't be back through early-August. The plan is to rehab the shoulder, but Shaw said the first couple weeks of August will be when the decision is made on whether or not to get surgery. (Last updated: June 12)
RHP Justin Topa (right flexor tendon strain)
Expected return: Second half
The Brewers expected Topa, MLB Pipeline’s No. 29 Brewers prospect despite the fact that he’s 30 years old, to play a significant bullpen role this season after a promising Major League debut late in 2020. But he reinjured his twice-repaired right elbow at the very end of Spring Training and was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain that was expected to sideline him at least for the first half of 2021. As of the end of April, he was at the team’s Arizona complex doing rehabilitation but had not yet begun a throwing program. (Last updated: May 1)
IF/OF Mark Mathias (right labrum tear)
Expected return: 2022
Mathias was in the running for the Opening Day roster after a strong showing with the Brewers last year. He injured his right shoulder on a diving play against the Giants on March 9 and was diagnosed with a tear at the back of his labrum following an MRI scan. Mathias initially opted for a non-surgical rehab but altered course and underwent a season-ending procedure on May 4 to repair and stabilize the joint. “I am not going to back down from the challenge of coming back from one of the toughest injuries baseball has to offer,” Mathias wrote on Twitter. (Last updated: May 5)