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Brinson out 4-6 weeks with hamstring strain

Brewers' top prospect could be September callup if he heals in time
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MILWAUKEE -- A left hamstring strain has ended Lewis Brinson's Minor League season. But what about a big league callup in September?

The Brewers were not ready to rule that out for their top prospect, and the No. 15 prospect in baseball, per MLBPipeline.com, but the timeline will be tight. Brinson is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after he was injured running to first base on Monday at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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MILWAUKEE -- A left hamstring strain has ended Lewis Brinson's Minor League season. But what about a big league callup in September?

The Brewers were not ready to rule that out for their top prospect, and the No. 15 prospect in baseball, per MLBPipeline.com, but the timeline will be tight. Brinson is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after he was injured running to first base on Monday at Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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"It certainly takes him out for the beginning of September, but if it comes in at four weeks and it's mid-September, there's still a possibility," Brewers general manager David Stearns said.

Brinson was hoping to get one more shot in the Majors. He did not distinguish himself in two stints with the Brewers, hitting .106/.236/.277 with two home runs in 55 plate appearances.

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But in the Minors, Brinson had a terrific season, hitting .331/.400/.562 for Colorado Springs with 13 home runs in 76 games.

"Obviously, Lewis is disappointed. But as he takes a step back, he'll recognize this has been an enormously positive year for him," Stearns said. "He has made impressive strides as a player and it's going to serve him well going forward."

Brinson felt a "grab" in his left leg while running to first base on a sixth-inning groundout and immediately left the game. Since the team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, later Monday, Brinson was sent on to Milwaukee for examination by Brewers doctors.

"It happens, but he's been more or less healthy all year and has had a tremendous year," Stearns said. "It's important that we don't lose sight of how well he's played this year. He has made his Major League debut. He has proven he can contribute on both sides of the ball, so this has been a successful year for Lewis Brinson. This is a hurdle I'm fully confident he will get over."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook.

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