Brewers manager concerned about pitcher Robert Gasser’s season-ending injury

Updated 9:30 PM EST, June 14, 2021

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers manager Pat Murphy expressed doubt about the possibility of injured pitcher Robert Gasser returning to the field this season as he awaits a third medical opinion on his left flexor strain. Prior to Milwaukee’s recent 3-1 win against the Toronto Blue Jays, Murphy addressed Gasser’s injury situation along with other sidelined pitchers Brandon Woodruff and Wade Miley, who have already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.

According to Murphy, it is unlikely that Gasser, along with Miley and Woodruff, will make a comeback this season. Gasser, who has a 2-0 record and a 2.57 ERA in five starts for the Brewers, last played on June 1 and experienced tightness and soreness in his elbow the following day. The 25-year-old pitcher has sought two medical opinions on his elbow since then, with one doctor recommending reconstructive surgery.

With a long list of injured pitchers, the Brewers are hopeful that some of them may return to action soon. Murphy mentioned that Jakob Junis is set to participate in a controlled scrimmage on Wednesday and could be ready to play shortly after that if all goes well. DL Hall is also on his way to Triple-A Nashville for a rehabilitation assignment. However, Joe Ross suffered a setback in his recovery from a lower back strain, delaying his return to the field.

Despite the challenges posed by multiple injuries, the Brewers have utilized 11 starting pitchers this season, second only to the Atlanta Braves. On Tuesday, the team will introduce Carlos Rodriguez as their 12th starting pitcher this season. Notably, star pitchers Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff are also unavailable due to injury, further adding to the team’s pitching woes.

Despite the setbacks, the Brewers continue to lead the NL Central by a comfortable margin. Murphy emphasized the team’s depth in pitching staff, comprising mostly inexperienced players who are gradually stepping up to fill the gaps caused by injuries.