As the Brewers continue to weigh their trade options, a possible in-house pitching addition is healthy enough to come off the disabled list, but won’t be slotted into the rotation for the time being.
The Brewers announced this morning that Brandon Woodruff is coming off the DL, but will continue to work his way back from a hamstring injury in Colorado Springs.
RHP Brandon Woodruff (right hamstring tightness) has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and optioned to Triple-A @skysox.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) July 25, 2017
Woodruff made a rehab start with the Sky Sox last night, and it didn’t go well at all. He gave up 8 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks in just 2⁄3 of an inning, not even able to get out of the first before hitting his pitch limit.
Clearly, the control is going to take some work after the long layoff.
Woodruff was originally called up to the majors to handle one of the starts in a double header in St. Louis on June 13th, but had to be scratched before making his big league debut after his hamstring tightened up during pre-game warmups. Woodruff, who had family and friends fly in for the start, has yet to actually debut, but did collect service time while on the disabled list.
The Brewers could’ve kept Woodruff on a rehab assignment for another start or two, but it looks like instead they’re opting to take him off the active roster and use an option instead. If the Brewers don’t make a move for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline, it’s entirely possible (and maybe even likely) Woodruff finally gets that debut in the next month or two.