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Corey Knebel | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Texas
Drafted: 2013 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Friday that Corey Knebel (hamstring) will be sidelined for "a minimum of six weeks."
For what it's worth, Knebel is aiming for a 4-6 week absence. Either way, it's a brutal blow for the Brewers and for fantasy owners that used a mid-round pick on Knebel. Counsell revealed that he will use a host of relievers in the ninth inning while Knebel is sidelined, mentioning Jacob Barnes, Jeremy Jeffress, Matt Albers and Dan Jennings as possibilities. Josh Hader will remain in a multi-inning role. Apr 6 - 4:18 PM

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Brewers placed RHP Corey Knebel on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Knebel suffered the injury while delivering a pitch Thursday. The Brewers still haven't revealed the reliever's MRI results, so we're not sure at this point how long he might be sidelined. Jacob Barnes, Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Albers could be in the mix for saves while Knebel is out.
Apr 6 - 3:48 PM

Corey Knebel left Thursday's game against the Cubs with a left hamstring injury.

Knebel collapsed to the ground after throwing a pitch and immediately began holding his left hamstring. He was in considerable pain and couldn't put any weight on his leg while being helped off the field. Knebel was having a rough time before the injury, allowing a hit and two runs over 2/3 of an inning. Infielder Hernan Perez came in to pitch with Milwaukee trailing 8-0 in the ninth inning. An MRI is scheduled for Friday and manager Craig Counsell has confirmed that Knebel will be placed on the disabled list. Candidates to fill the Brewers' closer role while Knebel is out include Jacob Barnes, Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress and Matt Albers.
Apr 5 - 11:06 PM

Corey Knebel was dominant in Friday's outing in San Diego, striking out the side in a perfect ninth inning for his first save.

Knebel was obviously pumped up by the team's five-run top of the ninth inning, highlighted by Ryan Braun's three-run homer. It gave him a chance at redemption after he coughed up the lead and blew his first save chance of the season on Thursday. This was more of what we saw in 2017 when he recorded 126 strikeouts in just 76 innings while cashing in 39 of his 45 save chances.
Mar 31 - 3:28 AM

Corey Knebel allowed a run on two hits Thursday against the Padres, suffering his first blown save of the year.

It was also his first save opportunity, which is a bad ratio. The good news is that this wasn't a case of him getting shelled -- two singles sandwiched around a stolen base is pretty benign as far as blown saves go -- and the Brewers won anyway, which always helps morale. Knebel was one of the best relievers in the game last year and one mediocre outing to start this season won't change much.
Mar 30 - 12:09 AM

Corey Knebel (knee) struck out two but allowed a run in an inning of work Tuesday against the Rangers.

Knebel had to exit his last appearance with tendinitis in his left knee, but it's something that he just has to deal with on occasion and isn't viewed as a big deal. The closer has struggled this spring, giving up five runs over 3 1/3 frames.
Mar 13 - 5:49 PM

Corey Knebel (knee) said Sunday that he's fine and will be ready for his next scheduled appearance.

Knebel deals with tendinitis in his left knee on occasion and it flared up on him Saturday, forcing him from an appearance. However, it doesn't appear to be a big deal.
Mar 11 - 1:39 PM

Corey Knebel was removed from Saturday's Cactus League outing after tweaking his left knee.

Knebel slipped on a wet mound and slightly tweaked the knee, according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell, precipitating his exit. After the game, Counsell said it was "precautionary" and, when asked if he expects the closer to miss any time, responded, "We'll see. I don't think so. Not planning on it, really. We'll treat him tomorrow and he's got a couple days off. So we'll see." Even if he gets a few days off, it sounds like Knebel and the Brewers dodged a bullet this time.
Mar 10 - 6:38 PM

Corey Knebel left his Cactus League appearance Saturday with an apparent injury.

Knebel faced three batters in the seventh inning, getting a groundout before allowing a double. After issuing a four-pitch walk to the next hitter, manager Craig Counsell and the team trainer visited Knebel and he exited shortly after. So that's concerning. An update should be provided soon.
Mar 10 - 5:17 PM

Brewers and RHP Corey Knebel avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.65 million contract.

It's a well-deserved salary bump for Knebel, who had a dominant season in 2017 in his first year as the Brewers' closer. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time.
Jan 12 - 12:34 PM

Corey Knebel slammed the door on the Reds in the ninth inning on Thursday, protecting a one-run advantage to pick up his 39th save of the season.

The dominant right-hander retired all three hitters that he faced in order, two of them via the strikeout. He has been outstanding this season, compiling a 1.56 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 124/40 K/BB ratio in just 75 innings of work.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 07:28:00 PM

Corey Knebel pitched around a hit to notch his 38th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Reds.

Joey Votto singled with one out and pinch-runner Phillip Ervin stole second base, but Knebel was able to induce a foulout by Eugenio Suarez to preserve the one-run victory. The Brewers' closer has been a little shaky lately, as he had taken losses in his previous two appearances.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:17:00 PM

Brewers closer Corey Knebel walked in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as part of the Cubs’ 5-4 victory on Friday.

Knebel kept the game tied with a scoreless ninth inning, but he walked Kris Bryant to lead off the 10th inning before Anthony Rizzo reached on a single. Brewers manager Craig Counsell elected to walk Ben Zobrist intentionally in order to load the bases. Knebel was able to get Russell Martin to strike out swinging for the first out, but he walked Tommy La Stella to force in the go-ahead run. It has been a rough couple of days for the Brewers, who are now five games back of the Cubs in the NL Central. Realistically, they are going to have to set their sights on the Wild Card race.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 12:57:00 AM

Corey Knebel made an error to blow the lead in the eighth inning, then blew the game by allowing a two runs in the ninth against the Pirates on Wednesday.

He made a throwing error that allowed an inherited runner to score in the eighth inning, then served up a walk-off, two-run bomb to Adam Frazier in the bottom of the ninth. It was only the second time in the last two months that Knebel has allowed a run. He came out of nowhere to be one of the best closers in baseball this year. He has 37 saves with a 1.52 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 71 innings this season. Last year he had two saves and a 4.68 ERA in 35 games.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 01:47:00 AM

Corey Knebel struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 ninth inning Tuesday against the Pirates to notch his 35th save of the season.

On to protect a three-run lead, Knebel went through Sean Rodriguez, Starling Marte and John Jaso with ease, getting two swinging strikeouts and a groundout. He's now struck out a whopping 115 batters over his 68 innings this season.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 10:58:00 PM

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