Player News - Brewers

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Ryan Braun hit his eighth home run of the season as the Brewers edged the Braves 2-1 on Tuesday.

Braun took Julio Teheran deep in the fourth inning for a solo bomb, one of just three hits on the night against the Braves starter. It was his first home run since returning to the lineup after missing nearly a week with a sore back. When he's been in the lineup, Braun has been an offensive beast, batting .357/.419/.579 with eight homers, 29 RBI and 22 runs scored overall.
May 24 - 10:38 PM

Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base and a run scored in a win over the Braves on Tuesday.

Villar ended up scoring the winning run after walking, stealing second and scoring on a Scooter Gennett single in the eighth inning. The stolen base was his 15th of the season. Villar has thrived in an everyday role with the Brewers, batting .287/.385/.389 in 43 games.
May 24 - 10:32 PM

Jeremy Jeffress tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Braves on Tuesday to earn his 12th save.

Jeffress allowed a one-out single but nothing more. It was a nice answer after Jeffress blew his last save opportunity, his first blown save of the season. The young right-hander has taken to the closer role very well, owning a 2.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 13/4 K/BB ratio over 20 innings of work to date.
May 24 - 10:28 PM

Jimmy Nelson struck out eight batters over six innings of one-run ball in a no-decision against the Braves on Tuesday.

Nelson scattered four hits and three walks, with only a Mallex Smith RBI triple in the fifth inning counting against him. Nelson has now turned in three straight starts of six innings or more with two runs or fewer allowed, lowering his season ERA to 2.92. Unfortunately for the 26-year-old, he's 0-1 in that three-game span and just 4-3 overall. Nelson will look for a better fate Sunday against the Reds.
May 24 - 10:21 PM

Matt Garza (lat) is scheduled to throw a 60-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

If that goes smoothly, he'll throw live batting practice Saturday and continue ramping up from there. "No setbacks," Garza told reporters Tuesday. "I’m pumped." The 32-year-old right-hander expects to be ready to make his 2016 debut by the middle of June.
May 24 - 5:58 PM

Corey Knebel (oblique) is scheduled to throw a 45-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday.

He'll treat it like a two-inning appearance, with a break somewhere in the middle of those 45 pitches. The next step for Knebel will be live batting practice, then a rehab assignment. He's probably at least two weeks away from his 2016 major league debut. Knebel registered a promising 3.22 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 48 appearances last season for the Brewers and will slide back into a setup role when he's ready.
May 24 - 5:48 PM

Will Smith (knee) will join High-A Brevard County to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday.

Smith suffered a torn LCL in his right knee late in spring training, losing out on an opportunity to open the 2016 season as the Brewers' closer. Jeremy Jeffress took that job and has run away with it, boasting a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings and 11 saves in 12 attempts. Smith, who had a 2.70 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 63 1/3 innings last year, still makes for a decent stash in fantasy leagues with deeper rosters.
May 23 - 9:22 AM

Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

Lucroy gave the Brewers an oh-so-brief 1-0 lead with his RBI single off Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. For the season, the 29-year-old backstop is slashing a hearty .287/.352/.473 with eight doubles, six homers and 17 RBI over 150 at-bats.
May 22 - 4:25 PM

Chase Anderson allowed three runs on four hits over five innings in Sunday's loss to the Mets.

Anderson struck out six and walked two on the afternoon. Michael Conforto smacked a solo home run in the first inning and Asdrubal Cabrera managed a two-run single in the fourth to account for the scoring on his line. Through nine starts, he has pitched to an ungainly 5.33 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. A home date with the Reds shows next on his schedule.
May 22 - 4:16 PM

Ryan Braun (back) is back in the Brewers' lineup Sunday.

Braun hasn't played since Tuesday due to a sore back, but he took batting practice Saturday and is back in there for this one. He's hitting .364/.429/.576 with seven homers for the Brew Crew this season. Chris Carter is sitting out on Sunday, as the Brewers have Ramon Flores at first base.
May 22 - 10:42 AM

Aaron Hill had a single, three walks, two runs scored and a stolen base Saturday against the Mets.

Hill was a thorn in the side of starter Jacob deGrom and the Mets bullpen all day, reaching base in all four plate appearances. The stolen base was his third of the season in four tries. Hill has enjoyed a small resurgence as a member of the Brewers this season, batting .252/.321/.390 with four homers, 17 RBI and 13 runs scored in 40 games.
May 21 - 9:55 PM

Zach Davies allowed four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision against the Mets on Saturday.

Davies gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Curtis Granderson, and the last batter he faced, Yoenis Cespedes. In between he gave up three more hits and walked two while striking out five. He owns a 5.75 ERA through seven starts, and he'll next take the hill Friday against the Reds.
May 21 - 9:34 PM

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Saturday that Will Smith (knee) is ready to begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Counsell said they would have a plan for him in place on Sunday. The left-hander, who was expected to begin the season as the club's closer, is working his way back from a torn right LCL. Barring any setbacks, he could be looking at a return to the Brewers bullpen at some point in early-to-mid June.
May 21 - 3:07 PM

Ryan Braun (back) was able to take batting practice without issue on Saturday and hopes to return to the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Mets.

The outfielder, who hasn't played since Tuesday, indicated Saturday that he was finally feeling much better. When he has been on the field, he has been a force this season, slashing .364/.429/.576 with seven homers, 28 RBI and two stolen bases. Unfortunately, back injuries can tend to linger and could be a recurring issue throughout the season.
May 21 - 2:57 PM

Ryan Braun (back) is once again absent from the Brewers starting lineup on Saturday.

Braun continues to be plagued by lower back stiffness. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Alex Presley and Ramon Flores will patrol the outfield for the Brewers on Saturday against Jacob deGrom and the Mets.
May 21 - 1:13 PM


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