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ST. LOUIS — The Brewers currently aren’t sure who will pitch the ninth inning on a given night. The one thing that is certain is that they are missing their All-Star closer.

The Brewers’ bullpen blew three late leads in a frustrating 5-3 loss in 11 innings to the Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the second straight blown save and third since Corey Knebel (hamstring) went on the disabled list last Friday.

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ST. LOUIS — The Brewers currently aren’t sure who will pitch the ninth inning on a given night. The one thing that is certain is that they are missing their All-Star closer.

The Brewers’ bullpen blew three late leads in a frustrating 5-3 loss in 11 innings to the Cardinals on Tuesday night. It was the second straight blown save and third since Corey Knebel (hamstring) went on the disabled list last Friday.

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“The ninth inning is certainly harder,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The other team is going to pull out all the stops, strategically and personnel-wise, and the last three outs are the hardest outs, there’s no question about it. We know that. We know those are a hard three outs to get.

“I think, as much as anything, we’ve asked so much from the bullpen that we have to rest guys, so that’s going to put us in some funky spots from day to day a little bit. We have the guys to close games, but we’ve got to make sure that they’re in a good position to do it.”

Matt Carpenter‘s third career walk-off home run against J.J. Hoover (0-1) finally ended the four-hour, two-minut Men’s Authentic Atlanta Braves Personalized Alternate Jersey Red for Sale e contest and made Dominic Leone (1-2) the winner.

Video: MIL@STL: Carpenter cranks a walk-off homer in 11th

“It just leaked m Personalized Braves Jersey Cheap aybe a little bit over the middle,” Hoover said. “I think he was kind of sitting on it too. I like to go to my curveball back door to lefties and have had a lot of success with it, but I think it might have just leaked over a little bit and he was able to get out and pull it.”

Hoover was one strike away from ending the game in the Brewers’ favor in the 10th, but walked Yairo Munoz, which sparked a two-out rally culminating in a Custom MLB Jersey Cheap  Greg Garcia RBI single to tie it at 3.

“The biggest mistake of the night was walking Munoz,” Hoover said. “Other than that, it was a lot of weak contac Custom Braves Jersey t until Carpenter’s [homer].”

After a dominant eighth inning, reliever Taylor Williams started the ninth but gave up a leadoff walk to Tommy Pham, who eventually scored on a pair of Jacob Barnes wild pitches to tie it, 2-2.

“Taylor Williams, I sent him out there for the ninth because he had a great eighth inning,” Counsell said. “I thought if there was any trouble, I like Jacob shorter in that inning because he’s been worked pretty hard and I thought a shorter stint would be good for him. He just threw a couple bad pitches  Women’s Custom Any Name Any Number Atlanta Braves Authentic Home White Baseball Jersey to start the inning and they tied it up there.”

Aside from Knebel’s absence, workload is becoming an issue.

Milwaukee relievers have already thrown 9 2/3 innings in the last two games. They’ve combined for 21 innings in the last five games.

“We had some guys that were down today,” Counsell said. “We’ve covered a lot of innings in the bullpen, so we’re having to put guys in different places right now, and we’ve had an injury in the back of the bullpen, so we’re putting guys in different places.”

Brewers starter Brent Suter was unhittable through 4 2/3 innings. Mixing a variety of off-speed pitches with a mid-80’s fastball, the lefty kept the Cardinals batters off balance.

Video: MIL@STL: Suter gets DeJong looking in the 1st

It took the Brewers just two batters to do something they couldn’t manage in 8 1/3 innings against Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez six days ago … score a run.

Eric Thames took care of that with one mighty swing of the bat, drilling a 0-1 changeup 411 feet into the right-field bleachers to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead.

“When Eric gave us that run in the first inning, it was a good boost,” Suter said. “We had that lead for, it felt, a lot of the game. It was a great swing by him.”

Video: MIL@STL: Thames opens the scoring with a solo homer

Domingo Santana and Orlando Arcia each gave the Brewers one-run leads with RBI singles in the ninth and 10th, respectively.

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Jeffress bests Ozuna, again: For the second straight night, Counsell summoned righty Jeremy Jeffress to face Marcell Ozuna, the Cardinals’ best hitter, in a key spot. And for the second straight night, Jeffress struck Ozuna out to strand a deciding run. On Tuesday, that moment came in the seventh, when Jeffress caught Ozuna looking with two on and the game tied at 1. Ozuna also stranded the winning run at second with a groundout in the ninth.

Munoz walks, part two: While Hoover’s walk of Munoz in the 10th jump-started the Cardinals’ rally, another Munoz walk in the sixth weighed heavily on the outcome as well. This time, Munoz drew the free pass from Oliver Drake with the bases loaded, tying the game at 1-1 and giving Munoz his first career RBI.

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Junior Guerra will be recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in his lone outing, to start on Wednesday. The game, which starts at 12:15 p.m. CT, will be broadcast exclusively on Facebook Watch.

Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Brewers on Tuesday.


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ST. LOUIS — Brewers catcher Manny Pina left Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals in the top of the seventh Custom Braves Jersey inning. The Brewers announced that he exited with right calf tightness.

Pina was on first base after walking. A c Custom MLB Jersey Cheap ouple of pitches later, Brewers manager Craig Counsell ran onto the field with a trainer to talk to Pina, who then limped off on his own power.

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ST. LOUIS — Brewers c Personalized Braves Jersey Cheap atcher Manny Pina left Tuesday’s game against the Cardinals in the top of the seventh inning. The Brewers announced that he exited with right calf tightness.

Pina was on first base after walking. A couple of pitches later, Brewers manager Craig Counsell ran onto the field with a trainer to talk to Pina, who then limped off on hi Atlanta Braves Custom Jersey s own power.

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“It’s been bugging him for a while — minor, but it aggravated him enough tonight to take him out,” Counsell said.

Pina, who was 1-for-1 and had reached all three times at bat, was replaced in the game by Jett Bandy. The Brewers eventually lost, 3-2, in 11 innings.

Counsell said Bandy will start Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals. No roster move is expected and Counsell said Pina could play if needed on an emergency basis.

Pina will be re-evaluated before the Brewers begin their three-game series Friday in New York against the Mets.

Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Brewers on Tuesd Custom Braves Jersey ay.


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The Brewers replaced injured outfielder Christian Yelich‘s left-handed bat with that of Brett Phillips, who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in time for the team’s series opener against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Phillips will be available off the bench Monday night. Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Phillips, a left-handed batter, will most likely start Tuesday against Cardinals righty Carlos Martinez.

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The Brewers replaced injured outfielder Christian Yelich‘s left-handed bat with that of Brett Phillips, who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in time for the team’s series opener against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Monday.

Phillips will be available off the bench Monday night. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Phillips, a left-handed batter, will most likely start Tuesday against Cardinals righty  Custom Diamondbacks Jersey Carlos Martinez.

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There was no need for a corresponding move, because Milwaukee had already optioned reliever Adrian Houser back to Double-A Biloxi following Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Cubs.

“We had an off-day yesterday,” Phillips said. “Rick Sweet, our manager, called and with Yelich going on the DL, he said it might be a short stint. But it’s something. I’m super blessed to be back in the big leagues.”

How long Phillips sticks with the team remains to be seen.Custom MLB Jersey Cheap  Partly by choice and partly because of key injuries to Yelich and closer Corey Knebel that necessitate time on the disabled list, the Brewers have an extremely fluid roster at the moment. Monday marked the fourth straight day that a player was summoned from the Minor Leagues.

Another callup is likely on Tuesday night or Wednesday, when Milwaukee needs a starting pitcher for the series finale against St. Louis. He would work in place of Brandon Woodruff, wh Personalized Diamondbacks Jersey o was optioned to Triple-A on Saturday because the Brewers needed a fresh reliever.

“You have to prepare yourself to be out of your suitcase so to speak,” Counsell said. “And know that you’re going to have a little bit of a strained schedule for the season. That’s the boat some of these guys are in. In one sense it’s challenging from their perspective, but it’s also the big leagues and it’s also something that when you have a lot of young players with options, you hope you can put together a strong roster every day, and some games it’s helpful.”

Phillips, Milwaukee’s No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline and one of only two 80-grade arms on Top 30 Prospect lists across baseball (Shohei Ohtani is the other), was 1-for-7 with a triple and seven walks to begin the Minor League season. Phillips had a .143 batting average and a .571 on-base percentage through his first four games for the SkySox.

After an outstanding showing in the Major Leagues last September while the Brewers were in the postseason hunt (.934 OPS after Sept. 12), Phillips was the odd man out after Milwaukee added outfielders Yelich and Lorenzo Cain, and he was one of the team’s final cuts in Spring Training.

“I know what’s expected of me,” Phillips said. “Obviously, the atmosphere, last year coming up and getting those first-year flaws and butterflies out of the way was big, so coming up this year I know what to expect.”

Also optioned to Triple-A Women’s Custom Any Name Any Number Arizona Diamondbacks Home White Authentic Jersey  at the end of Spring Training was outfielder Keon Broxton, who had a four-hit game as part of Colorado Springs’ Opening Day doubleheader and owned a 1.115 OPS in his first 16 Minor League plate appearances. Broxton, though, is a right-handed hitter, and the Brewers’ outfield sans Yelich consists of all righties: Ryan Braun, Cain and Domingo Santana.

Vogt making progress

Catcher Stephen Vogt (shoulder) felt good after two straight days of throwing. Monday was an off day and he will throw again Tuesday.

“He had a really good day y Men’s Customized Arizona Diamondbacks Road Gray Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap esterday,” Counsell said. “You feel like you’re in a spot where you can get yourself in a program, you know what to expect and he can keep taking forward steps to this thing.”

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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ST. LOUIS — The Brewers’ outfield arms set the tone early in Monday’s series-opening 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cardinals.

In the first inning, center fielder Lorenzo Cain threw out Dexter Fowler trying to stretch a single into a double.

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Custom Diamondbacks Jersey ST. LOUIS — The Brewers’ outfield arms set the tone early in Monday’s series-opening 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cardinals.

In the first inning, center fielder Lorenzo Cain threw out Personalized Diamondbacks Jersey Dexter Fowler trying to stretch a single into a double.

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In the second inning, left fielder Ryan Braun threw out Marcell Ozuna trying to turn a double into a triple.

Both plays came against leadoff batters in each inning, thwarting potential rallies.

Domingo Santana‘s second inning s Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey ingle off the glove of a diving Paul DeJong scored Travis Shaw and snapped the Brewers’ 11-inning scoreless streak. Orlando Arcia‘s two out double scored Santana, giving Milwaukee an early 2-0 lead.

Ozuna redeemed himself in the third with a bases loaded single that scored two, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. Women’s Custom Any Name Any Number Arizona Diamondbacks Home White Authentic Jersey

Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Monday


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Last week Major League Baseball debuted its first digital-only national regular-season game broadcast with a matchup between the Phillies and Mets at Citi Field, airing live Custom Diamondbacks Jersey in the United States exclusively on Facebook Watch.

MLB and Facebook’s partnership continues Wednesday with an afternoon matchup between the Brewers and Cardinals in St. Louis, the second of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018.

Last week Major League Baseball debuted its first digital-only national regular-season game broadcast with a matchup between the Phillies and Mets at Citi Field, airing live in the United States exclusively on Facebook Watch.

MLB and Facebook’s partnership continues Wednesday with an afternoon matchup between the Brewers and Cardinals in St. Louis, the second of 25 streaming broadcasts scheduled for 2018.

FAQ: How to watch games on Facebook

Fans can catch the 1:15 p.m. ET (12:15 p.m. local time) contest by logging in to Facebook Watch’s MLB live page from their phones, tablets, smart TVs or other streaming devices. MLB Network will produce the game with play-by-play man Scott Bruan, analysts Dan Plesac — who pitched for the Brewers from 1986-92 — and Joe Magrane and in-game reporter Hanna Yates.

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1. Search for “MLB Live” on Facebook

2. Follow the “MLB Live” show page

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1. Download the Facebook video app on your TV or streaming device and search for “MLB Live”

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Upcoming Facebook games (all times ET):
• Wednesday, April 11: MIL-STL, 1:15 p.m.
• Wednesday, April 18: KC-TOR, 4:07 p.m.
• Thursday, April 26: ARI-PHI, 1:05 p.m.
• Thursday, May 3: LAD-ARI, 3:40 p.m.
• Thursday, May 10: SF-PHI, 1:05 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 16: TEX-SEA, 3:40 p.m.
• Thursday, May 24: LAA-TOR, 12:37 p.m.
• Wednesday, May 30: STL-MIL, 1:10 p.m.

What to know about the Brewers-Cardinals game

The National League Central is shaping up to be one of baseball’s most competitive divisions this season, and the Brewers and Cardinals are expected to be right in the Personalized Diamondbacks Jersey thick of it. Wednesday’s matchup on Facebook Watch is the finale of a three-game set at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the first series between these division rivals, taking two of three games at Miller Park last week.

The Brewers had yet to name a starter for the game as of Monday afternoon, but right-hander Adam Wainwright will toe the rubber for St. Louis. The veteran hurler recovered from the hamstring injury that delayed his season debut, but struggled with command and velocity issues in the Cardinals’ home opener Thursday. He lasted just 3 2/3 innings, surrendering three ru Men’s Personalized Arizona Diamondbacks Home White Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap ns on four hits and four walks in the 3-1 loss to the D-backs.

Both clubs have new faces entering the mix for this series. The Brewers’ recalled outfielder Brett Phillips, the club’s No. 6 prospect per MLB Pipeline, from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday to replace injured outfielder Christian Yelich‘s left-handed bat. He’s one of only two 80-grade arms on Top 30 Prospects lists alongside the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, but the offseason additions of Yelich and Lorenzo Cain kept him off Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, will welcome recently acquired right-hander Greg Holland to the back end of their bullpen. On Monday, they recalled Holland from Class A Advanced Palm Beach, where he pitched in two games in preparation for his Cardinals debut. The three-time All-Star, who signed a one-year deal March 30, saved 41 games for the Rockies in 2017, tying the Dodgers’ Kenley Jansen for the NL lead.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com Men’s Customized Arizona Diamondbacks Road Gray Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap  based in Los Angeles.


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ST. LOUIS — Life without closer Corey Knebel is getting rather interesting for the Milwaukee Brewers. Or gut-wrenching, depending on one’s perspective.

On Monday, the Brewers absorbed their second blown save since placing Knebel (strained right hamstring) on the disabled list on April 6.

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ST. LOUIS — Life without closer Corey Knebel is getting rather interesting for the Milwaukee Brewers. Or gut-wrenching, depending on one’s perspective.

On Monday, the Brewers absorbed their second blown save since placing Knebel (strained right hamstring) on the disabled list on April 6.

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But unlike Saturday’s loss, in which the Cubs put up a four-spot while capitalizing on Milwaukee errors, the Brewers were able to limit the damage and regroup to scratch out a 5-4 win in 10 innings to start a three-game series against the Cardinals.

The latest blown save had more to do with poor luck rather than shaky defense.

Matt Albers was victimized by a Paul DeJong infield hit and a perfect Kolton Wong bunt for a single to load the bases with nobody out. Albers got pinch hitt Men’s Personalized Arizona Diamondbacks Home White Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap er Greg Garcia to fly to shallow center, but Dexter Fowler followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4.

“One broken bat and a perfectly-placed bunt, it was bases loaded and no outs,” Albers said. “That was in my mind, if I give up one right here it would at least give us a chance to come back.”

Aided by four Greg Holland (0-1) walks, including one to Orlando Arcia with the bases loaded, the Brewers did come back in the 10th inning.

Albers (2-0) pitched a perfect bottom half to earn the decision.

“He gives up a single and Wong made a great bunt obviously,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Bases loaded and nobody out to give up one run, he’s making a lot of quality pitches — he  Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey did a nice job.

“Then we had a strange inning in the next inning, obviously, with a bunch of walks to score a run. To  Men’s Customized Arizona Diamondbacks Road Gray Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap leave it at one run, bases loaded nobody out, that’s kind of what does it right there.”

Domingo Santana‘s second-inning single off the glove of a diving DeJong scored Travis Shaw and snapped the Brewers’ 11-inning scoreless streak. Arcia’s two-out double scored Santana, giving Milwaukee an early 2-0 lead.

Manny Pina‘s two-run single in the fourth regained a 4-3 lead for the Brewers. Eric Sogard had a pair of doubles and singled and scored and Shaw had a double and a single and scored twice.

Video: MIL@STL: Pina knocks two-single to right-center field

Control issues prevented Brewers starter Jhoulys Chacin from getting through the fifth. Chacin walked a season-high three batters in 4 2/3 innings, and just 43 of his 83 pitches were strikes.

The Cardinals capitalized on Chacin’s wildness in the third, sending eight batters to the plate and scoring three times as 20 of the right-hander’s 34 pitches in the frame were out of the zone. Chacin walked all three of his batters in the inning, including Tommy Pham and Matt Carpenter back to back to load the bases, before Marcell Ozuna‘s two-run single gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.

Fowler led off the fifth, reaching on an Arcia error, making it eight straight games that Milwaukee committed a fielding miscue. Jeremy Jeffress, pitching in relief of Chacin, prevented the error from hurting the Brewers by striking out Ozuna to strand Fowler at third.

Jeffress, Hader and Barnes combined to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Milwaukee, before Albers finished it off.

Video: MIL@STL: Barnes strikes out Martinez in the 8th

“With Corey being down, a couple of us have to step up and take that role on and I feel good doing that,” Albers said.

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Sogard went 3-for-4 to raise his average more than 150 points to .222. Even his out to left in the second was hit hard. But with two on and no outs in t Personalized Diamondbacks Jersey he 10th, he had the choice to try to either swing away or bunt. He chose the latter, dropping it perfectly down the third-base line to advance the runners, leading to the Brewers’ game-winning run.

“I had to get the job done,” Sogard said. “I had to get him over to third with less than two outs.”

Out stretching, twice: The Brewers’ outfield arms set the tone early against the Cardinals with assists in each of the first two innings. In the first inning, center fielder Lorenzo Cain threw out Fowler trying to stretch a single into a double. In the second inning, left fielder Ryan Braun threw out Ozuna trying to turn a double into a triple. Both plays came against leadoff batters in each inning, thwarting potential rallies.

Video: MIL@STL: Braun throws out Ozuna at third base

“When you’ve got a double or a triple to lead off an inning, its almost a sure run,” Counsell said. “Double to lead off the game is pressure, and it became a really easy inning after that.”

Video: MIL@STL: Cain cuts down Fowler stretching a single

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“If he gets outs, it’s working. We can save him until the end and not get to the ninth. As long as we’re using him. Custom Diamondbacks Jersey I’d rather make sure we’re using him and be able to use him in multiple innings and good matchups and pick the hitters a little bit. I think it’s a better way for us to go.” — Counsell, on possibly using Hader in the closer’s role.

Video: MIL@STL: Hader strikes out Pham to end the 7th

WHAT’S NEXT
Brent Suter will try to rebound after giving up five runs in an 8-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs in his last start. He is seeking his first career win against the Cardinals on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. CT and is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA against Custom MLB Jersey Cheap them in six appearances, including two starts.

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Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Monday

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ST. LOUIS — Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain left Monday’s 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in the top of the ninth after tripping over Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez while running out an infield single.

Both Cain and Martinez left the game under their own power. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after the game that Cain’s l Personalized Diamondbacks Jersey eft quad was sore.

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ST. LOUIS — Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain left Monday’s 5-4, 10-inning win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium in the top of the ninth after tripping over Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez whil Arizona Diamondbacks Custom Jersey e running out an infield single.

Both Cain and Martinez left the game under their own power. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said after the game that Cain’s left quad was sore.

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“I don’t think it’s that bad at all, actually,” Counsell said. “He feels pretty good. He’s adamant that he wants to play tomor Men’s Customized Arizona Diamondbacks Road Gray Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap row. We’ll see how it is.”

Video: Cousnell discusses Cain’s injury

Milwaukee, which entered the season with outfield depth that was the envy of the National League, could find itself  Men’s Personalized Arizona Diamondbacks Home White Authentic Baseball Jersey Cheap in a bit of a tight spot. The Brewers are already down one outfielder, with Christian Yelich lan Custom Diamondbacks Jersey ding on the disabled list a day earlier. Brett Phillips was called up to take Yelich’s roster spot.

If Cain were to miss any significant time, Domingo Santana could take over for him in center, with Phillips and Custom MLB Jersey Cheap Hernan Perez as other potential options.

Joe Harris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Brewers on Monday.


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MILWAUKEE — After a discouraging return to the batting cage on Saturday, the Brewers opted to place outfielder Christian Yelich on the 10-day disabled list Sunday morning with a right oblique injury.

The team is flush with outfield options, so another reliever, Taylor Williams, was summoned to bolster a bullpen that was nine arms strong for Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Cubs before the Brewers optioned right-hander Adrian Houser back to the Minors after the game. They will make a corresponding callup on Monday in St. Louis.

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MILWAUKEE — After a discouraging return to the batting cage on Saturday, the Brewers opted to place outfielder Christian Yelich on the 10-day disabled list Sunday morning with a right oblique injury.

The team is flush with outfield options, so another reliever, Taylor Williams, was summoned to bolster  Vintage 1969 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Mitchell and Ness Away White Jersey Throwback a bullpen that was nine arms strong for Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Cubs before the Brewers optioned right-hander Adrian Houser back to the Minors after the game. They will make a corresponding callup on Monday in St. Louis.

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Meanwhile, the Yelich move was backdated to Thursday, so he will be eligible to return as early as April 15 for Milwaukee’s series finale against the Mets in New York.

Yelich, who hit a tying, two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tuesday’s walk-off win over the Cardinals for his first Brewers homer, was injured swinging the bat the next night, though he cannot pinpoint the s Ray Nitschke Jersey Mitchell and Ness wing that did it. On Saturday, he tried to hit for the first time in three days and reported continued discomfort, prompting the DL decision.

An MRI scan was clean, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Asked whether he expected Yelich to spend just the minimum 10 days on the DL, Counsell said, “That’s a possibility. But I want to give him time to heal.”

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“It’s more frustrating than anything,” Yelich said. “I wanted to push it and be back out there. But they said just get it right and be ready to go once I can come off the DL. I understand why that decision was made, especially what we kind of need as a team right now. You understand it as a player. Obviously, you want to be out there, but this is the decision that was made, and now it’s my job to get it right, get healthy and get back out there.”

The Brewers acquired the 26-year-old via a trade with the Marlins on Jan. 25, the same day they struck a free-agent agreement with fellow outfielder Lorenzo Cain. Yelich hit .385 and slugged .577 over his first six games of the season.

The Brewers are well-positioned to cover Yelich’s absence, after they spent Spring Training answering a litany of questions about a perceived outfield logjam. Brewers general manager David Stearns doggedly called it dept Vintage 1969 Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Throwback Team Color Jersey Mitchell and Ness h, and that depth was on display again Sunday when Counsell fielded a lineup with Ryan Braun in left field, Cain in center and Domingo Santana in right.

Super-utility man Hernan Perez has been the primary outfield backup during Yelich’s absence, and Eric Sogard can also play left in a pinch. If the Brewers opt to add another outfielder on Monday, Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips have Major League experience and Minor League options.

“We’ve got guys to play, for sure. We like our choices here,” Counsell said. “We’re going to miss the left-handed bat; I think that’s the big thing. Christian Yelich is a really good player and we’re going to miss him. But we’re equipped that way roster-wise.”

Williams, Houser contribute; Houser sent down
Williams was the third reliever promoted from the Minors in as many days, following the arrival of Houser on Friday, after Corey Knebel was placed on the DL, and J.J. Hoover on Saturday, when Brandon Woodruff was optioned because the Brewers needed a fresh reliever.

Williams made an immediate entrance at Miller Park on Sunday, notching three strikeouts with an unearned run allowed on two hits in the seventh inning against the Cubs. Houser followed with two scoreless innings before he was sent back to Double-A Biloxi, marking his first appearance in the Majors since a pair of relief appearances for the Brewers in September 2015.

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Houser notched three strikeouts and one defensive gem when he snared Addison Russell‘s line drive to end the eighth inning.

“I couldn’t really feel the ball coming out of my hand,” he said. “I was that excited. I’m glad to be back out there and put up some good innings.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Houser snags line drive and ends inning

Both prospects — Houser No. 13 on MLB Pipeline’s list of Brewers prospects and Williams No. 18 — are back from Tommy John surgery. Williams missed all of 2015 and ’16, and Houser missed much of ’16 and ’17 before a strong showing in last year’s Arizona Fall League.

“My approach,” Williams said of being one of the Brewers’ final cuts after a sparkling Spring Training, “was to go down with a positive attitude and a positive mindset that if I take care of what I need to take care of and get better and keep working, that I would be up here soon.”

Williams pitched sparingly in the Minors and in the Majors last year. But he navigated back-to-back outings during Spring Training with no issues, and Counsell said he would have no problem using Williams like any other reliever.

Video: Williams talks about joining the Major League roster

The Brewers expect to be flexible with the final spots in the rotation and bullpen this season to keep a fresh crop of pitchers, and both Houser and Williams can be moved back and forth between the Minors and Majors this season thanks to their option. Houser was the first to be brought up and sent back down.

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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MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar‘s run-scoring error in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Cubs gave the Brewers 14 errors in 10 games, most in the Majors. They committed 12 errors on the opening homestand alone, including at least one in all seven games. In losing three of four games to the Cubs, the Brewers committed as many errors — seven — as they scored runs.

Which brings Brewers manager Craig Counsell to a problem bigger than the defense.

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MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar‘s run-scoring error in Sunday’s 3-0 loss to the Cubs gave the Brewers 14 errors in 10 games, most in the Majors. They committed 12 errors on the opening homestand alone, including at least one in all seven games. In losing three of four games to the Cubs, the Brewers committed as many errors — seven — as they scored runs.

Which brings Brewers manager Craig Counsell to a problem bigger than the defense.

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“We’ve got to pick it up offensively as much as anything,” Counsell said. “This other stuff gets a little magnified, but three shutouts in a seven-game homestand — that’s probably the surprising thing for me.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Counsell on offensive struggles

That trio of shutout losses have all come in the Brewers’ past five games, opposite Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals and Jon Lester and Jose Quintana of the Cubs. Tough matchups, all, particularly Quintana, who pitched six innings of three-hit ball to improve to 3-1 with a 0.75 ERA in five career starts against the Brewers.

Milwaukee’s best chance to break through came in Quintana’s final inning, when two batters reached ahead of Ryan Braun and cleanup hitter Aguilar with the Brewers in a 2-0 deficit. Braun scorched a line drive to right field, but it was right at Jason Heyward for the second out. Aguilar, batting with runners at the corners, struck out swinging.

Video: CHC Women’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Color Rush Vapor Untouchable Pink Jersey @MIL: Quintana K’s Aguilar and escapes a jam

The performance conjured memories of Quintana’s complete-game shutout in another Sunday finale of a four-game series against the Cubs last September.

“I don’t think we’ve ever seen him not good,” Braun said.

But the Brewers’ offensive issues go beyond one tough matchup. While losing five of seven games on the homestand, they were 6-for-40 (.150) with runners in scoring position, including 1-for-19 with eight strikeouts against the Cubs.

The only hit was Orlando Arcia‘s walk-off single on Friday.

Losing outfielder Christian Yelich didn’t help. He missed all four games with a right oblique injury, and landed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday morning.

“We’ve got to be better or it’s going to be a really long season,” Braun said. “I think the pitching in our division is far better than I can remember it being at any point in my 12 years now playing in this division.

“Night in and night out, we are facing really good pitchers. So if we don’t come and put  Youth Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Elite Team Color Jersey Cheap together quality at-bats, it’s going to be a really long year.”

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Video: CHC@MIL: Anderson discusses his solid six innings

Braun was not excluding himself from that analysis. He has hit two game-winning home runs in the ninth inning, accounting for two of the Brewers’ four wins in their final inning at-bat, but is slashing .156/.222/.375 overall after Sunday’s 0-for-4.

If there was a bright spot for the Brewers, it was their pitching. Before prospects Taylor Williams and Adrian Houser covered the final three innings, Chase Anderson surrendered a solo home run to Ben Zobrist in the fourth inning and a two-out RBI double to Albert Almora Jr. in the fifth, but limited the damage to those two runs in six innings for Milwaukee’s second straight quality start.

Video: CHC@MIL: Houser snags line drive and ends inning

Before Zach Davies and Anderson, the Brewers had not gotten consecutive quality starts since four in a row last Aug. 30-Sept. 2, before Jimmy Nelson‘s injury forced the team to use “bullpen days” to navigate games.

“We would like to score some more runs. We would like to pitch better. There’s definitely some things to work on on both sides of the ball,” Anderson said. “But we know what our guys are going to do over the course of six months, and hopefully seven. We just have to keep continuing to build and grind.

“The greatest teams in baseball go through slumps.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Arcia scoops to Villar for double play

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Fair pole: The teams were scoreless through three innings for the second straight day before Chicago’s Zobrist turned on an inside fastball from Anderson at 90.9 mph — more than a mph slower than Anderson’s average four-seamer — and sent it off the foul pole in right field for a 1-0 lead. The homer was Zobrist’s first this season, and the fourth off Anderson in his 14th inning of the season. Last year, Anderson surrendered 14 home runs in 141 1/3 innings.

“He sees the ball pretty well off me,” Anderson said. “Mainly just the fastball. I feel like if I do a better job of locating the offspeed, I have a better chance of being successful [against] him. … I threw it and I was like, ‘That’s not where I want to put it.’ I threw it right in his sweet spot. If you stay away on him, you’ll be more successful that way.”

Video: CHC@MIL: Zobrist lines a home run to right field

Crew mistakes pile up: After a pair of errors aided the Cubs’ winning rally in the ninth inning of Saturday’s game, another miscue burned the Brewers on Sunday. When Aguilar couldn’t come up with Tommy La Stella‘s one-out grounder in the seventh inning, it allowed a run to score for a 3-0 Cubs lead and gave the Brewers a dozen errors in their opening homestand. The Brewers have played one error-free game out of 12 this season — the finale of an opening series in San Diego.

Video: CHC@MIL: La Stella reaches on an error, drives in run

Missed opportunity: The Brewers were gifted a scoring opportunity in the third inning, when Heyward overran Jonathan Villar‘s deep fly ball for a leadoff double. Had he been running hard all the way, Villar would have had a triple, Counsell said. Arcia followed with a sharp groundout to shortstop before Anderson was called out on strikes and Lorenzo Cain popped out.

Did it cost the Brewers a run?

“I mean, the situation becomes different,” Counsell said. “If you get the same results, yeah, it did cost us a run.Ray Nitschke Jersey  But we can’t say it cost us a run. We can say he should have been on third base.”

QUOTABLE
“You guys have watched the games. We are extremely fortunate to be 5-5.” — Braun, asked whether the Brewers are fortunate to be .500

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Cain singled to open the Brewers’ first and one out later, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras tried to throw him out when he took a big lead off first with a throw to first baseman Victor Caratini. Cain was called safe, but the Cubs challenged the ruling. After a review, the call was overturned.

Video: CHC@MIL: Contreras picks off Cain at first base

INJURY UPDATES
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo did not start Sunday for the third straight game, still sidelined by stiffness in his lower back.

The Brewers were without a key performer of their own in Yelich, who tried to avoid the DL by pushing himself in the batting cage on Saturday. When he experienced continued soreness, the Brewers shut him down for the coming week.

WHAT’S NEXT
Jhoulys Chacin wasn’t happy with his showing against the Cardinals on Wednesday, when he surrendered six runs (three earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He gets another crack at the Cards on the road Monday at 6:05 p.m. CT, when the Brewers begin a three-game se Ray Nitschke Jersey Mitchell and Ness ries at Busch Stadium. “I’m disappointed with my first two starts this year, but I won’t put my head down,” Chacin said. “I’m going to keep working on my pitches. I have to face the same guys in Vintage 1969 Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Throwback Team Color Jersey Mitchell and Ness five days, so I’m going to try to do better.”

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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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MILWAUKEE — Needing a fresh bullpen arm for Saturday’s game against the Cubs, the Brewers summoned veteran J.J. Hoover and optioned rookie right-hander Brandon Woodruff to Triple-A Colorado Springs, a day after Woodruff covered only 11 outs of Milwaukee’s walk-off win over the Cubs.

Hoover, one of the Brewers’ final Spring Training cuts, needed a spot on the team’s 40-man roster, so the Crew designated left-hander Tyler Webb for assignment in a corresponding move.

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MILWAUKEE — Needing a fresh bullpen arm for Saturday’s game against the Cubs, the Brewers summoned veteran J.J. Hoover and optioned rookie right-hander Brandon Woodruff to Triple-A Colorado Springs, a day after Woodruff covered only 11 outs of Milwaukee’s walk-off win over the Cubs.

Hoover, one of the Brewers’ final Spring Training cuts, needed a spot on the team’s 40-man roster, so the Crew designated left-hander Tyler Webb for assignment in a corresponding move.

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“We’ve logged a lot of innings here and some guys had some long appearances [Saturday],” manager Craig Counsell said Men’s Nike Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Elite Away White Jersey Cheap . “J.J. is fresh and ready to go.”

In the team’s first eight games, Brewers relievers worked 36 2/3 innings to the starters’ 38 1/3 innings.

The Brewe Vintage 1969 Green Bay Packers Ray Nitschke Throwback Team Color Jersey Mitchell and Ness rs are not down on Woodruff, who has a 5.14 ERA after two relief stints and one start. Rather, it was an example of employing roster flexibility to manage their bullpen and starting rotation, a concept likely to come up often this season. Between the big leagues and upper levels of the Minors, the Brewers have a group of pitchers with Minor League options — Corbin Burnes, Adrian Houser, Jorge Lopez, Freddy Peralta, Brent Suter, Webb (if he remains in the organization), Taylor Williams and Woodruff among them — who can be moved up and down this season based on need.

That could come into play again by Wednesday, when the Brewers will need a starter in Woodruff’s spot against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Unless he replaces an injured player it cannot be Woodruff, since an optioned player must remain in the Minors for at least 10 days.

At the moment, Brewers GM David Stearns and Counsell are trying to stay at seven relievers as long as possible so they can keep out-of-options Jesus Aguilar as a bat off the bench and occasional first baseman.

“We’re in a mode where David is kind of actively managing the roster,” Counsell said. “We’re able to consider that on a daily basis right now. It looks like right now we’ll have some flexibility with that spot, the ability to get arms here if we need them.”

Hoover, however, is out of options. A veteran of 288 appearances with the Reds and D-backs, Hoover surrendered only one run on six hits in 10 1/3 Spring Training innings, but didn’t make  Vintage 1969 Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Mitchell and Ness Away White Jersey Throwback the Opening Day roster because the Brewers chose to preserve maximum roster flexibility. Hoover was in camp on a Minor League contract, and did not have an “out” in his deal until June.

“It was a tough decision at the end,” Counsell said. “He was one of the last guys we sent out, and I expected him to be here quickly. And he is.”

Why Hoover over Williams, who had an equally sparkling camp and is a top Brewers prospect who was already on the 40-man roster? Because Williams was optioned at the end of Spring Training and was subject to the 10-day rule. The Triple-A season just began Thursday.

Last call
• Outfielder Christian Yelich was out of the lineup for a third straight day with right oblique discomfort. Counsell said there was progress — Yelich has played catch and taken some dry Ray Nitschke Jersey Mitchell and Ness  swings — but that the outfielder was “doubtful” for Sunday’s series finale against the Cubs.

“I think we can get through the weekend and then we might in good shape on Monday [in St. Louis],” Counsell said. “He’s progressing, which I think is the way to say it.”

• Catcher Stephen Vogt, on the disabled list with a right shoulder strain, played catch on the field for the first time Saturday morning and reported feeling great. He will repeat the exercise Sunday and, barring a setback, again Tuesday as he slowly builds toward a Minor League rehab assignment. The Brewers hope to have Vogt back to game speed by early May.

• Reliever Dan Jennings‘ contract terms are now known, thanks to the Tampa Bay Times. Jennings signed with the Ray Nitschke Jersey Brewers last week for $750,000 plus up to $1.075 million in incentives for appearances, according to the newspaper. Since he also received about $575,000 in termination pay when the Rays released him in Spring Training, Jennings will get a chance to earn all of his original $2.375 million contract with Tampa Bay.

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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