The Brewers don’t yet have a timetable for Travis Shaw’s recovery from a dislocated left shoulder, but the dominoes started to fall for taking his place on Thursday morning.
Milwaukee put Shaw on the 10-day injury list following an awkward landing on his non-thrown arm that pulled his left shoulder out of place. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said during his pre-match media session that Shaw had just finished the footage, so the club will have to wait at least until his return to Milwaukee before they can come up with a recovery plan.
As for Shaw’s response to the injury, Counsell said, the disappointment is clear enough.
“It is a strange thing. It’s an accident. It’s a bad injury, a weird injury you get by playing hard, but there’s nothing you can do about it, “he said.” You’re disappointed, you’re frustrated, of course, but then you’re committed to improving. “
To plug the holes in Thursday’s series final against the Reds, Luis Urías earned the start at third base. Although Counsell said Wednesday night that Urías would take most of his time in third once second baseman Kolten Wong returned from a left oblique strain, he ended up not waiting to make the move that should have come in the absence of Shaw.
Meanwhile, Jace Peterson got the nod to start in second place for the first time since April 21. Peterson has already moved between Milwaukee and Triple-A Nashville several times this season and was even designated for assignment in late May. However, as Peterson can play more positions, Counsell likes it as a fallback option across the pitch until the team’s injured starters return.
At the very least, it can help fill the role of “left-handed hitter” while Shaw is on the shelf.
“I think the question was asked the other day if we’re too left-handed,” Counsell said. “I don’t think you can ever be too left handed, because most pitchers are right handed. So I think left handed clubs are valuable, and the fact that Jace is left handed is precious. His versatility is precious.
“There’s definitely a place for him, and with Travis’s injury, he’s obviously going to be a bit bigger role than we expected.”
Anderson in a “battle”
Brett Anderson failed to make it into the fifth inning Wednesday night, in the 7-3 defeat to the Reds, for the fifth time in 10 starts this season, a trend that even Anderson acknowledged to have been a fight.
“Last year I didn’t launch very well, but I felt I had given us the chance to win several times. Lately, it’s been more of a battle, “he said Wednesday.” I have to do a better job to do my part. I have to understand that. “
It also didn’t help that he wasn’t getting a lot of luck in the game. Two of the five hits he conceded had predicted a batting average of 0.250 or less, and Cincinnati right fielder Nick Castellanos reached Anderson’s throwing error on a helicopter with an expected average of just 0.220.
Counsell said Anderson’s removal after the third inning was more strategic, as it resulted in a pinch hitter for Anderson with two men up and down four points at the top of the fourth. That initial push stopped any chance Anderson had of changing his day.
“[Wednesday] It was a day where we made a strategic decision, “Counsell said.” He had the ability to go on the pitch for multiple innings, so I feel comfortable. The ball will be in play with Brett. We know that. The last two times, we haven’t put gloves on the ball. There will be matches like Brett. “
With Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta leading the rotation, the Brewers have a chance to win at least three out of five games. When Adrian Houser throws as he did in the last two starts, he also gives Milwaukee a good chance to win.
If the Brewers can get something like this from Anderson consistently, it will go a long way in creating a full rotation.
“We won’t see Brett working [deep] in games like Brandon or Corbin, probably, but I think he has the ability to do what you ask a fourth or fifth starter: take you to the sixth inning from time to time, “Counsell said.” I definitely think he can do that. . “