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:
For now, #Brewers are calling Boone Logan's injury a triceps strain. But Stearns said there is some concern it is in area of lat tear last season. Will have more tests to get better handle on it. Is a DL situation in any event.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 22, 2018
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:
With Boone Logan headed to the DL, Oliver Drake's odds of making the Opening Day roster are way up. He's out of options and held lefties to a .685 OPS last season.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) March 22, 2018
Drake has not had a good spring, with a WHIP of 1.96 and seven walks through his 8 2⁄3 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.
Stearns on #Brewers pitching injuries: "We’re always looking elsewhere but the most likely outcome is internal. We’ve had some guys who have performed, frankly including the two guys who just got injured. We’ll have guys step up."— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 22, 2018
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.