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BREAKING: Ron Roenicke taken to Chicago ER with back issue

WTMJ broke the story moments ago after Roenicke was unavailable for his usual Tuesday morning radio spot.


Brewers manager Ron Roenicke spent the early morning hours Tuesday in a Chicago hospital after his back "froze up" on him, according to Jay Sorgi of WTMJ. Sorgi found out when Roenicke was unavailable for his usual Tuesday morning radio appearance.

At this point we don't have any additional details about the severity of the injury, don't know if Roenicke has been released from the hospital and also don't know if it will impact his ability to manage the Brewers in their game against the Cubs tonight. If Roenicke is unavailable then it seems likely bench coach Jerry Narron would fill in.

UPDATE: Roenicke has since informed WTMJ that he does intend to manage tonight.

Roenicke is 56 and in his third season as manager of the Brewers, his first managing job in the majors. His 181 managerial wins are the sixth most in franchise history, and his .547 winning percentage ranks third among Brewer managers who have been at the helm for at least one full season.

Thanks to @BrewerNation for directing my attention to this story.