Injuries & Moves: Ortiz scratched with sore hamstring

June 12th, 2024

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June 12: 3B day to day with sore right hamstring
Ortiz, the reigning NL Rookie of the Month, was supposed to start at third base and bat leadoff against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but was replaced at third and in the top spot of the order by Andruw Monasterio. Ortiz was undergoing additional tests the following day. The Brewers would hate to lose him for any duration after the 25-year-old batted .307 in May with four home runs, 12 RBIs and 16 runs scored with an OPS of .978 over 23 games.

"It's just tight," Ortiz said Wednesday morning. "It was nothing where I was like, 'Oh my gosh.' It's more precautionary."

June 11: RHP selected from Triple-A Nashville, RHP optioned to Triple-A Nashville, RHP James Meeker designated for assignment
The Brewers needed spots on the active roster and 40-man roster for Rodriguez, MLB Pipeline's No. 6 Milwaukee prospect, who started Tuesday night against the Blue Jays. The odd man out was Meeker, who just made his Major League debut last weekend in Detroit before being optioned back to the Minors. He'll have to clear waivers to remain in Milwaukee's system.

June 10: OF assigned to Arizona Complex League to begin rehab assignment
Mitchell has been sidelined since fracturing his left index finger during the final week of Spring Training, but avoided surgery and is ready to resume game action. Typically, a player logs only a small handful of games in Arizona before being promoted to a full-season affiliate, so Mitchell's stay in Phoenix may be short.

10-DAY/15-DAY INJURED LIST

LHP (left flexor strain)
Expected return: TBD
Gasser was placed on the injured list on June 5 with a left flexor strain in his elbow. Gasser, the Brewers’ No. 4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, told reporters on June 8 that Dr. Neal ElAttrache examined him this week and informed him that there wasn’t a break in the elbow, but that the ulnar collateral ligament “wasn’t as strong as it should be,” and impacted his durability.

Gasser said he plans to seek another opinion soon and he's "trying to figure out what the best thing is to do" while attempting to work out the strain. There's a chance he won't pitch again this season, though Gasser had yet to make that decision as of June 10. He is scheduled for a third opinion with Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas on June 18. (Last updated: June 12)

RHP (low back strain)
Expected return: TBD
Ross was placed on the IL on May 21 after he exited his May 20 start having thrown just one inning (15 pitches). The Brewers had hoped he would be ready to return from the IL during the team's June 17-23 trip to play the Angels and Padres, but he had a setback and now won't make that timeframe, manager Pat Murphy said. (Last updated: June 10)

60-DAY INJURED LIST

OF (fractured left index finger)
Expected return
: Late June
Mitchell, injured while taking batting practice the weekend before Opening Day, traveled to the Brewers' complex in Phoenix the week of June 3 to face live pitching and complete his comeback to game action. On June 10, he was formally assigned to the Arizona Complex League to begin a rehab assignment that is expected to move to Triple-A Nashville on June 13.

The 25-year-old was in line to be Milwaukee's starting center fielder and leadoff hitter, and he could still slot into those roles upon his return, though manager Pat Murphy also said Mitchell may begin in a reserve role once healthy. (Last updated: June 11)

RHP (head, right shoulder)
Expected return: Mid-June
Junis pitched 2 1/3 innings on June 8 for Triple-A Nashville, allowing one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout. With his velocity down, the Brewers opted to send him to the team's complex in Arizona to work on mechanical adjustments over four simulated innings in his next outing, which is scheduled for June 12. If that controlled outing goes well, manager Pat Murphy said, Junis could be back with the Brewers soon after. (Last updated: June 10)

LHP (left knee sprain)
Expected return: Late June
Hall, who'd been struggling to establish himself as a starter before he tweaked his left knee fielding a bunt on April 20, made one-inning rehab starts for High-A Wisconsin on May 19 and Triple-A Nashville on May 23, when he caught a cleat late in his outing and tweaked his left knee once more. Hall had an MRI on May 27 and traveled to Los Angeles on June 5 for a consultation with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

On June 10, Hall departed the Brewers to rejoin Nashville and resume his rehab. (Last updated: June 10)

RHP (right shoulder inflammation)
Expected return: Mid-June
Bukauskas' injury occurred where his triceps connects to his shoulder region, he said, which is why he originally believed it to be a lat injury similar to others he has endured in his pitching career.

The Brewers transferred Bukauskas to the 60-day IL on May 10 and he resumed playing catch on May 17. He's scheduled to travel with the Brewers to Philadelphia for their June 3-5 series for one more bullpen session before going to the club's complex in Arizona to face hitters. (Last updated: May 31)

RHP (back stress fractures)
Expected return: Late July
The Brewers' closer played catch on May 18, marking his first significant step since he was diagnosed with two stress fractures in his back in mid-March. Williams said he is on schedule and hopes to be back pitching in the Majors by late July.

Williams, who won the Trevor Hoffman Award as the best closer in the National League with 36 saves and a 1.53 ERA last season, gave up four runs, four walks and two hits in two appearances over 1 1/3 innings this spring. (Last updated: May 18)

LHP (torn UCL)
Expected return: 2025
Miley will miss the remainder of 2024 due to UCL surgery, which typically requires a 10- to 12-month rehab. The surgery was completed on May 7 in Cincinnati, with Dr. Timothy Kremchek operating. Miley underwent testing April 23 on his left elbow to try to diagnose inflammation that he said felt different from the usual bone spurs-related pain he has tried to manage for the past three to four years, and the results initially came back inconclusive on April 24.

Miley flew to Cincinnati that day to have an in-person meeting with doctors and undergo an arthrogram to assess the integrity of the ligaments in the region, which confirmed the structural damage. He was transferred to the 60-day IL on April 30. (Last updated: May 7)

RHP (right shoulder)
Expected return: Late 2024 or 2025
Woodruff underwent shoulder surgery on his throwing arm in October 2023 and was non-tendered by the Brewers the following month. He signed a two-year deal with the club on Feb. 21, when he was placed on the 60-day IL, and will rehab in Milwaukee throughout the season after beginning a throwing program in mid-February. (Last updated: Feb. 21)