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Shaw returns after caring for infant daughter

Brewers 3B was on leave after newborn underwent open heart surgery; Garza starts Wednesday
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ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw was back with the team on Tuesday morning after departing the club Friday on family medical emergency leave.

Shaw left the team to be with his newborn daughter, Ryann.

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ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw was back with the team on Tuesday morning after departing the club Friday on family medical emergency leave.

Shaw left the team to be with his newborn daughter, Ryann.

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"She's in a stable spot now," Shaw said Tuesday. "She had open heart surgery on Friday. Some complications arose after the surgery. She had to have a couple more. But the past two, two and a half days, she's made some decent progress. We're still hoping for the best, still a long way to go, but she's in a good spot right now."

Shaw, 27, was on paternity leave last Monday and Tuesday before returning for games against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Travis has had a difficult week, for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said before Tuesday's doubleheader. "A great week in the sense that it's the birth of your first child, and then a difficult week with some health issues for the newborn. He's back. He's happy to be back, I think, and it's normalcy and to be able to get the health of his daughter to the point where he feels comfortable being here. We're ecstatic to have him back and in good spirits."

Shaw, who entered Tuesday hitting .298 with 10 home runs and 42 RBIs, said it wasn't easy to leave his newborn.

"It [was hard] leaving yesterday. I'm not going to lie," Shaw said. "Obviously there's more important things than baseball, especially at this time right now. She's going to be on my mind all the time until she's completely healthy, but at the same time it's time to come back, it's time to kind of get back into the swing of things. [It's hard] at the same time, so thank goodness this is only a three-day trip."

Garza to start Wednesday

The Brewers announced right-hander Matt Garza will return on Wednesday from the chest contusion issue that landed him on the 10-day disabled list.

"Matt's gonna start tomorrow," Counsell said. "He's a go for tomorrow. Everything went well. He threw a bullpen Sunday in Arizona. That went very well. So we're confident we'll activate him tomorrow and he'll start tomorrow."

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Garza is 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts this season. He was injured after crashing into first baseman Jesus Aguilar in his last start, against the Dodgers on June 3, and experienced soreness in his neck and shoulder.

"I think just backing him off one start is really, it was really all we thought he would need, and it turned out to be right," Counsell said.

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

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