Davies’ Setback Puts Brewers Starters in Flux
On Friday, Milwaukee prepared to get Zach Davies back from a shoulder injury. That did not happen. Davies said that his shoulder still bothering him when he threw bullpen, therefore, he will have to wait until his next start which would be Wednesday in Arizona. If this becomes a more serious issue, the Brewers are in a bit of a panic when it comes to starting pitching. Wade Miley just went out with oblique injury that will sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Jimmy Nelson is still hurt, and if you add Davies to the mix, the rotation becomes subpar at best.
Brent Suter and Brandon Woodruff will be the first to make their cases to be a starter. Woodruff gets the nod tomorrow night at Coors Field. That’s the right thing to do, rather than throw a new pitcher out to the wolves of Coors. Woody gets a chance to make another impression in the starting role. Suter struggled as a starter, and I imagine Milwaukee will not have much patience with him. I could see Suter getting both road starts then the team might look elsewhere. Corbin Burnes is ready to be a starter in the big leagues, we’ll see if it happens.
The good news for the rotation is the kick-ass bullpen behind them. They have to hold the water until the 6th or 7th inning to pave the way for a dynamic bullpen. We saw it last night when Jhouyls Chacin started to get in trouble in the 6th, the bullpen shut it down. That is the bright side to any issues with the starting pitching.
Not going to push the panic button on starting pitching but it continues to fester as an issue for the Brewers.