Guys, I’m not okay.
Junior Guerra going down is literally the worst thing that could happen for me this season. I’ll be honest, between work and the kids and other responsibilities I don’t get to watch every game, but Guerra starts have been appointment television for me this season. The #2016BrewersAce has quite plainly lived up to that billing since being called up, going 7-3 over 17 starts, posting a 2.93 ERA and 3.64 FIP across 107.1 innings pitched. I mean, who saw that one coming?
So my heart sank when this message came across Twitter:
RHP Wily Peralta will start for RHP Junior Guerra (elbow) on Tuesday vs. Atlanta.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 8, 2016
Accompanied by this from Adam McCalvy:
Wily Peralta is taking Junior Guerra's spot in the rotation after Guerra developed a sore elbow following last start. DL candidate.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) August 8, 2016
Between the majors and minors this year Guerra has thrown 130.2 innings, already a marked increase from the 87.1 innings he threw while in the White Sox organization last year (though he did throw an additional 56.2 innings in winter league). Perhaps the injury isn’t anything too serious and it’s just the club being cautious with the right arm of their most valuable starting pitcher.
Or maybe it’ll be much worse for the 31 year old rookie phenom who frequently throws a pitch that’s thought to be rather tough on the arm. I don’t know. But I’ll be constantly refreshing Twitter until the club announces an update.
Instead of the ace, the Brewers will give the ball to their Opening Day starter and give him another crack at the big leagues. Wily Peralta was ineffective in the majors this year (6.68 ERA in 66.0 IP) and not much better with AAA Colorado Springs after being demoted in June (6.31 ERA in 41.1 P). But he’s making $2.8 mil and "is a former 17 game winner" so I have no doubt the club wants to get one last look at him before the end of the season to decide whether or not they want to tender him a contract in his second run through arbitration this winter.
Yeah, maybe that’s it. Maybe it’s all a big conspiracy, and Guerra’s really fine. Maybe that’ll help me sleep tonight.
Oh, yeah, and until Peralta needs to be called up on the Tuesday the Brewers made even a different roster move:
RHP David Goforth optioned to Triple-A @skysox. RHP Rob Scahill to be recalled tomorrow.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 8, 2016
Goforth was only recently recalled to the big league bullpen following the trade deadline, and he surrendered six runs (five earned) in three innings covering three appearances. He now owns a 10.97 ERA in 10.2 MLB innings this year.
The Brewers claimed Scahill off waivers from the Pirates earlier this season and he’s allowed five earned runs in 9.1 innings with AAA Colorado Springs with a 4:5 K/BB ratio. He owns a 3.89 ERA and 4.69 FIP in 104.0 career innings in the major leagues with the Rockies and Pirates.
Pending a clear diagnosis on Guerra’s elbow, it seems like he’s likely to be placed on the DL to make room on the roster for Big Wily. If that happens, I might have to take some time away to regroup.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs