Brewers injured list grows as Aaron Ashby moves to IL, González replaces him
It was a Monday of good news and bad news for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Landing squarely in the good news category was the fact that an MRI of Aaron Ashby’s left forearm before the the team’s big four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at American Family Field revealed nothing more than general inflammation.
The bad news is that he won’t be able to make his scheduled departure on Tuesday against right-hander Jack Flaherty. Instead, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list, with closest Josh Hader being reinstated from the paternity list.
“After he pitched his bullpen (on Sunday), we said if it wasn’t perfect he wasn’t going to pitch,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It hasn’t been perfect, so at that point we’ll just take a break here.
“We think it’s just fatigue. That’s what the doctors who examined him said. He’s not really going to stop throwing. He won’t be throwing for a few days but he’ll be back on the pitch. mound – we hope within a week.”
Ashby launched last Thursdaygoing 4 ⅓ innings against the New York Mets before being retired.
In 14 appearances (eight starts), Ashby is 1-5 with a 4.25 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 55 innings.
He entered the full-time rotation at the end of May after Freddy Peralta has been sidelined with a shoulder injury.
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“During my bullpen, I just didn’t feel like I could move with my slider — the same thing that was happening during the game (in New York),” Ashby said. There was nothing in the MRI; just general inflammation so I’m going to take a few days off and start over.
“It’s better every day, really. It’s better today than yesterday or the day before. Starting tomorrow probably would have been a way to feel 100% or throw one of my best throws without conviction or intention, so that’s probably not the best way to start.
“I’ve never worried about anything, to be honest. There’s never been any pain related to anything. I can still throw and feel like I can throw as hard as I want. I can’t just not maintaining my hand placement during the throw.
“It’s really weird but a bit of rest, recovery and strengthening and you should be fine.”
With excellent throwing perspective Ethan Small having debuted on Sunday with class AAA Nashville Soundsthe brewers are likely to use an in-house option to replace Ashby in the short term.
New Brewers pitcher Chi Chi González likely to replace Aaron Ashby
And even if Counsell wouldn’t commit until Monday’s game, the most logical option would probably be right-hander Chi Chi González.
“We’ll play the game today and see what happens,” Counsell said. “You can probably make an educated guess.”
González, acquired on waivers from the Minnesota Twins last week, recorded a 7.71 ERA in a pair of starts for the Twins this season. He’s been in the bullpen with the Brewers but has yet to make an appearance.
Of 63 career appearances with three different major league teams, 49 have started. He is 9-23 with a 5.69 ERA and 1.50 WHIP.
Brandon Woodruff makes his first minor league start as he recovers from injury
Brandon Woodruff, who made his first minor league rehab start with Nashville on Saturdayis scheduled for her next Thursday at Advanced Class A Wisconsin.
Woodruff said he is expected to throw around 70 pitches as he continues his recovery from Raynaud’s syndrome.
“The first start was positive, but I think we should let it go and then figure out what we’re going to do next,” Counsell said.
Woodruff’s replacement in the rotation, Jason Alexander, has done a great job with a 2.42 ERA in four starts. He will face Dakota Hudson in Thursday’s series finale.
“That’s the hand that’s dealt to us right now,” Counsell said when asked about his team’s depth of rotation, which has certainly been tested this season.
“Jason Alexander has filled in and done an amazing job; a wonderful job. That’s where we’re at in the season. Other guys had to step in and we’ve got some guys absolutely stepping in.
“We’re making progress with some of the guys, but that’s what you experience in a major league season.”
Right-hander Trevor Gott (groin) and serviceman Mike Brosseau (ankle) will begin rehab assignments with Wisconsin on Tuesday.