Chase Anderson’s Injury Crashes Brewers’ Second Half
Chase Anderson has been one of the best pitchers for Brewers this season. He’s been a pleasant surprise for the team as Anderson led the rotation this year with dominating stuff. Anderson pitched like nearly an All-Star. Brewers who haven’t had much distress when it comes to pitching staff and injuries until now. Chase felt his oblique strain, and he’s off to the Disabled List tomorrow with a corresponding move to come for Brewers.
My first question will be if Brandon Woodruff is healthy to start pitching again? He hurt his hamstring in early June, and we haven’t heard about him since. It’s been about 16 days, and who knows if he’s healthy to roll for Brewers. That would be a shot in the arm for this team. The next question would be if Josh Hader will end up taking a rotation? I understand Brewers want him to be in the bullpen to limit his innings, but it’s worth trying with these team chasing for a pennant race. Even if they go with Hader for two starts then Woodruff after the All-Star Break, that would be awesome.
What’s most likely going to happen is Paolo Espino will get another chance, and he’s been pretty bad in this situation. That said, if this leads to getting to see how Wei-Chung Wang or Michael Blazek can help the suddenly good bullpen, I’m for it. Anderson’s departure leaves Brewers with a massive hole in their team and future for the season. Best case is Chase comes back at the end of July, but it’s more likely we will not see him until mid-August.
We’ll see how Brewers will handle this.