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Brewers put Eric Thames and Junior Guerra on disabled list ahead of doubleheader

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With the All-Star break coming up and fresh bodies needed for Saturday’s twinbill in Pittsburgh, Nate Orf, Brent Suter and Aaron Wilkerson are added to the roster

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You need every fresh arm or set of legs you can get before playing a doubleheader, and with the All-Star Break coming up after the weekend, the Brewers aren’t waiting around for some of the latest injuries to start feeling better.

Junior Guerra had his worst start of the season on Friday night, and now it looks like we know why — he was hurt. He lands on the DL, along with Eric Thames, who was getting checked out after last night’s game for another bout with hamstring tightness and didn’t think he’d be able to play today or tomorrow.

On top of that, Aaron Wilkerson rejoins the Brewers as the 26th Man allowed for doubleheaders, giving the team another long relief option. Depending on how the first game in the doubleheader breaks, Craig Counsell may prefer to essentially piggyback Chase Anderson with Wilkerson in the opener to avoid using too many important pieces of the bullpen in the first game. The ideal situation is likely Anderson going 6 or 7 innings and Wilkerson picking up the final 2 or 3.

Putting Thames on the disabled list would appear to make him unavailable at least through the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers right after the break, but some extra rest for both Thames and Guerra may not be a bad idea at this point in the season.