MILWAUKEE -- Brewers left-hander Wade Miley and infielder Nick Franklin landed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday as each player awaited results of MRI scans.
Miley said after a 6-2 loss to the Indians that he expects to miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right oblique after recording only one out in his Brewers home debut Tuesday. Franklin, just called up earlier in the day, strained his right quad later in the game. The Brewers activated closer Corey Knebel from the DL and called up infielder Tyler Saladino from Triple-A Colorado Springs to fill those roster spots.
Miley figures to miss "a good amount of time," manager Craig Counsell said, a bitter pill considering Miley was hurt in his second Major League start off a stint on the DL for a groin injury. He felt discomfort on his 18th pitch, then misfired with a cutter to Michael Brantley on pitch No. 19 and had to leave the game.
"Just another obstacle," Miley said. "It's just sore. It's not excruciating pain. I just feel like I got hit by a truck, I guess. … We'll see. I've never dealt with anything like this before. Like the groin, new waters."
In his Brewers debut last week in Cincinnati, Miley threw six innings of one-run ball and registered a win.
As of Wednesday morning, Counsell was not prepared to name Miley's replacement in the rotation, in part because the decision depended on another injured starter. Zach Davies, who is on the DL with right rotator cuff irritation but expected to miss only one turn, threw a bullpen session Wednesday at Miller Park. If that was deemed to have went well, he said he expects to start Friday night against the Rockies.
Miley's spot comes up again Sunday in Denver. Brent Suter is the internal candidate for that start, but the Brewers also could dip down to Triple-A Colorado Springs for a pitcher. Brandon Woodruff and top prospects Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta are among the options.
Franklin, promoted from Double-A Biloxi on Tuesday, pulled up in the fourth inning after reaching first base on a fielder's choice. He walked off with a member of the Brewers' athletic training staff and was replaced by Jonathan Villar.
It was a race to Milwaukee on Wednesday for Saladino, who homered for Triple-A Colorado Springs in Tuesday's win at Nashville. A right-handed hitter and thrower who played parts of four seasons in the Majors with the White Sox before the Brewers claimed him off waivers last month, Saladino has a .610 OPS in 863 big league plate appearances but is extremely versatile defensively.
Saladino's best path to playing time with the Brewers looks to be as a backup to shortstop Orlando Arcia.
"His name had kind of circled around upstairs and a little bit of time, and we were finally able to acquire him," Counsell said. "He has a very good defensive reputation."
Honorary Bat Girl
Nichole Kutmas, a middle school teacher from New Berlin, Wis., is the Brewers' Honorary Bat Girl as part of Major League Baseball's annual "Going To Bat Against Breast Cancer" initiative this Mother's Day. She was nominated by ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, an organization founded and grounded in Milwaukee that creates connections between breast cancer survivors and patients, families and friends who need support.
A mother of three, Kutmas was diagnosed with Stage 1 breast cancer in 2013. As one of ABCD's professionally trained volunteer mentors, she says she willingly shares her story with others because, "I want people to know that cancer cannot cripple love, it cannot shatter hope, it cannot conquer the spirit. In fact, if there is a reason that I was diagnosed, it must be this: so I could help others who are going through the same thing."
Since the Brewers are on the road for Mother's Day on Sunday, they will honor Kutmas at a home game later this season.