After leaving the game in the 4th inning after 64 pitches (but also driving in a run in his only at-bat), the Brewers announced today that Peralta has an injury to his SC joint — the joint that connects the collarbone to the sternum — and put him on the 10-day injured list. Right-hander Aaron Wilkerson was called up to replace Peralta on the 25-man roster.
Today’s Transactions: RHP Jeremy Jeffress (right shoulder) reinstated from the 10-day injured list. RHP Aaron Wilkerson recalled from Triple-A San Antonio. RHP Freddy Peralta (SC joint injury) placed on the 10-day injured list. RHP Jake Petricka optioned to Class-A Wisconsin. pic.twitter.com/Fx82hXzu4N— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 16, 2019
The injury seems to have taken many by surprise. The Brewers’ clubhouse was expected to open around 3 p.m., so it’s possible we hear more about the circumstances soon.
What the injury means for the Brewers’ already struggling rotation also remains to be seen. On one hand, Peralta was not turning in strong performances in his last couple turns in the rotation. On the other, there doesn’t seem to be a much better option at the moment.
Wilkerson has pitched well in his first two appearances at Triple-A San Antonio, allowing just 1 run in his first 11.1 innings, striking out 12. While that’s impressive, it’s also important to remember he’s a 30-year-old pitching against much younger competition, and his first couple cups of coffee in the majors have produced mixed results. It’s possible the team could briefly move Chase Anderson back into the rotation while using Wilkerson as a multi-inning reliever.
We’ll bring updates once more is known.
Todd Rosiak from the Journal-Sentinel says the injury isn’t expected to keep Peralta out long, but the team will need to find another option for this weekend.
Essentially, Freddy Peralta has inflammation in the joint between his collarbone and sternum. Cropped up last night. Will need a few days to let it calm down, then will start throwing again. Craig Counsell says it's a shorter-term issue. Brewers starter is TBA for Saturday.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) April 16, 2019
Chase Anderson and Aaron Wilkerson are two options for Saturday. Counsell also mentioned possibly dipping back into Class AAA San Antonio for someone. He says they probably won't know who until after Friday's game.— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) April 16, 2019
The part about not knowing who will start until later this week makes some sense, considering they likely need to see if they’ll need to use Wilkerson or Anderson in relief sometime in the next few days. The “dipping back into AAA” could leave the possibility open for an Adrian Houser spot start, too.