Matt Albers had his worst outing of the season last night, taking the loss after allowing five Cubs’ earned runs in the 11th inning of a 7-2 defeat. It turns out he had an excuse for his ineffectiveness:
Counsell said Albers reported soreness in shoulder after game last night and had been bothering him a bit. Thought could pitch through it. Instead will be examined to see what's going on.— Tom (@Haudricourt) June 12, 2018
Albers was one of Milwaukee’s most reliable bullpen arms during the first two months of the season, working to a 1.08 ERA and 78 FIP- across 25.0 innings through the end of May. He’s hit a rough patch since the start of June, however, allowing at least one earned run in three of his four outings this month. After last night’s debacle, his ERA had risen to 3.45 and his FIP- to 111. No further information has been released regarding how serious Albers’ shoulder issue is and he still needs to be examined by team doctors before a timeline for his return can be established.
In the meantime, Jorge Lopez will return for another stint in the big leagues. He’s tossed 10.1 innings in six outings in the big leagues this year, allowing a 4.35 ERA with eight strikeouts against six free passes. He figures to return to his typical role as long-man. In 15 games and 17.2 innings for the AAA Sky Sox this year, he’s posted a 3.06 ERA with 14 whiffs and six walks while recording four saves.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs