The Milwaukee Brewers announced that Corey Knebel is coming back to one of the best bullpens in baseball.
Knebel went to the DL after injuring his hamstring on April 9 against the Chicago Cubs. At the time, the prediction was that the All-Star closer would miss 6-8 weeks. Now, he’s back on the squad after exactly one month on the shelf.
The roster spot cleared for Knebel comes after Wade Miley injured his oblique during Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians. The injury forced Miley to exit the game in the first inning. Miley started the season in extended Spring Training while recovering from a different injury and had just made his first start last week. This leaves the Crew with just three starters in the rotation, although they expect Zach Davies to return later this week.
Still, Milwaukee needs to make at least one more decision to fill the rotation. The opening could be filled by Brandon Woodruff, Tuesday’s hero Brent Suter or a few other options.
The Brewers also lost newly arrived Nick Franklin to a hamstring injury of his own during Tuesday’s game. This could be an opportunity for the Brewers to call up a pitcher, although Franklin was called up to help out a struggling group of second basemen.