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Brewers place Khris Davis on disabled list with torn meniscus

Davis suffered the injury while striking out in his first plate appearance Saturday.

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Today in 'news that was very expected', but Brewers officially placed Khris Davis on the disabled list Sunday after he tore a meniscus in his right knee while striking out in his first plate appearance of Saturday's game.

Davis is having surgery on the knee Tuesday but until then it's uncertain exactly how severe the tear is. That also means no timeframe has been released though, looking at similar injuries in the past, it seems like it could range anywhere from one to three months.

Over his last 20 games, Davis had really been lighting it up at the plate with a .317/.397/.650 batting line while slugging four home runs. On the season he has a 783 OPS as the starting left fielder.

The good news for the Brewers is they have arguably the best fourth-outfielder in baseball in Gerardo Parra to take over in left field for Davis. Though Parra isn't an offensive star, he's one of the best defensive outfielders in the league and is at least capable with a bat.

The bad news is that the Brewers need Gerardo Parra to fill in for Davis. At 16-34, the chances of the Brewers doing anything of note this year have dropped to virtually nothing. That means trading players like Parra for whatever the team can get may be the best option. Now, however, they need to keep him as a starter unless they're willing to completely throw in the towel and bring up Bryan Petersen or something. Matt Clark, maybe, if they want an offense-only player.

With the current roster construction, Elian Herrera is now the lone back-up outfielder. However, that situation could change as manager Craig Counsell says they should be able to balance the roster better when they know more about Will Smith's pending suspension.

The Brewers officially purchased the contract of Tyler Wagner to take Davis' roster spot.