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Boone Logan will begin the season on the DL for Milwaukee Brewers

Spot opens in the pen with the injury

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers-Media Day
Tough start to 2018 for the lefty
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The MRI and report of the injury yesterday to Boone Logan do not yield good news for the lefty and his chances of contributing any time soon for his new team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Tom Haudricourt reports:

The Brewers will have to replace Logan in the pen for the short term, at a minimum. Since it could seemingly be a repeat of last season’s lat tear, it could very well be until the All-Star break before Logan can contribute out of the pen. That is only my own personal speculation, however.

In the short term it seems likely that this will give Oliver Drake a spot on the roster to begin the 2018 season. Although he’s a righty, Drake acted as a loogy for the Brewers at times last season, and held left handed batters to a .685 OPS, per Adam McCalvy:

Drake has not had a good spring, with a WHIP of 1.96 and seven walks through his 8 23 innings. Drake’s WHIP vs lefties this spring is 1.24.

With Wade Miley also lost (at least temporarily) yesterday, the Brewers’ depth in the pitching department will be challenged. Brewers’ GM David Stearns is looking to solve the issues internally, but again according to Haudricourt will monitor outside options.

Not good news to begin the season. The Miley injury would appear to be a freak thing. The Logan injury could have been just waiting to happen.