Ryan Braun was officially placed on the 15-day Disabled List following Friday night’s loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Braun, who hasn’t played in a game since Sunday, was able to have his move made retroactive to June 10th. That means he’ll be eligible to return on the 25th of June, though he certainly won’t rush back and will take the time he needs to recover from this power-draining injury.
The move came after Braun attempted to take a round of batting practice on Friday and told the media that he simply felt more of the same pain and inability to properly grip the bat as a result.
So the question then becomes: “Who is on their way to take the spot on the 25-man roster?”
Could it be Khris Davis who broke camp with the team back in April but largely struggled in a what was primarily a bench role? What about Josh Prince who spent some time with the parent club this season and who offers versatility including the ability to play all three outfield spots and fill in on the left side of the infield?
Well, based on this tweet from earlier tonight…
Sounds @Academy Line-up change: Stephen Parker bats 3rd playing 3rd. Cole Garner bats 7th playing RF. Caleb Gindl scratched.
— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) June 14, 2013
In fact, I reached out to a pair of someones who would know and while one person couldn’t confirm it, the other did confirm to me that Gindl got recalled to the Brewers and is expected to be in uniform on Saturday night.
So far this season for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, Gindl is slashing .274/.341/.456 with 8 HR and 38 RBI in 64 games. Gindl has been hot lately as well, raising his batting average 20 points since the beginning of June!
Despite the Brewers website listing Gindl at 5’7″, he actually is 5’9″. Regardless though, he generates plenty of pop from the left side of the plate. Getting yet another left-handed option is a benefit for Ron Roenicke as well.
Here is my “Brewers By the (Jersey) Numbers” profile of Gindl from this past March.
Congratulations to Caleb and welcome to The Show!
Despite saying that they would wait until the morning to announce the corresponding move officially, the Brewers tonight confirmed for us what we already knew…
OF Caleb Gindl to be recalled from Triple-A @nashvillesounds tomorrow, taking the spot of Ryan Braun (DL). He will be making MLB debut.
— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) June 15, 2013
***END OF UPDATE***
Henderson, who is nine-for-nine in Save opportunities this season, was pitching in Friday night’s game when he strained his right hamstring on a pitch. The play resulted in the second out of the top of the ninth inning but with the Brewers clinging to a one-run lead and seeing their first victory of the season when they scored three or fewer runs, Henderson could not physically continue.
Manager Ron Roenicke called on the recently added Francisco Rodriguez to face Neil Walker in an attempt to get the final out. Rodriguez induced a ground ball to the second baseman and the Brewers won the day. For Rodriguez it was his first Save of the year and the 295th of his MLB career.
After Friday’s game, Henderson spoke to the media and felt that he might be ready to go after a few days of rest but Roenicke countered by saying that Henderson would see the doc and they’d make their decision based on roster considerations as well as health. In other words, the Brewers couldn’t afford to carry another down pitcher if Henderson was going to miss even a handful of games.
The doctor made his diagnosis and recommendation on Saturday afternoon. With no time to get a replacement to town, and with a decision still to be made on who that would be anyway, the Brewers waited until Saturday night to DL their current closer.
So who comes up from the minor leagues for Sunday’s afternoon affair? Well, that all depends.
Do the Brewers just call up their choice for Tuesday’s starting pitcher? Do they summon a reliever for two days and exchange him for that same starter after Monday’s game? Or will Alfredo Figaro start on Tuesday so a relief pitcher can come up and just stay through until later in the week?
It’d be easier to know what they are going to do if we knew who was coming, but they’re probably deciding on what before they pick who.
If they go get a starter, I’d still expect it to be Tyler Thornburg despite his early season struggles with Triple-A Nashville. Thornburg would be the least affected by the situation, methinks. Furthermore, his next turn is scheduled for Monday so he’d be on close-to-regular rest.
If they choose to summon a bullpen arm, some names I’d watch for are Jesus Sanchez and Michael Olmsted. Sanchez has solid numbers so far for Nashville which works in his favor. Olmsted was the darling of Spring Training and one of the final cuts from camp.
That announcement will come prior to Sunday’s game though so keep it tuned to your favorite fan blogger (or me, if they’re unavailable) for all the details in the morning.