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Jhoulys Chacin exits start early, will go on Injured List with oblique strain

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Another significant hit to the Brewers’ rotation

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Jhoulys Chacin had not won a game in eleven straight starts. After a third inning exit, it became twelve straight. He left the game for a reason, however. His exit was the result of rib discomfort.

With Chacin pitching ineffectively, one would have to wonder if he had been pitching hurt for an extended period. Nonetheless he is definitely hurt now. At this point, the Brewers likely wish they had one more day of time prior to a decision being made about Drew Smyly.

Milwaukee will be wanting for starting pitching moving forward. As for Chacin, this is one more thing in what has seemed like another cursed season for a Brewers’ Opening Day starter.

Are the Brewers even more needy to go after starting arms on the open market? It will be difficult for David Stearns not to go out and get an arm or two or three. If you remember last season, depth was one of the hallmarks of Milwaukee’s success. With this series of injuries to the rotation, depth is not a luxury that Milwaukee enjoys going into the heat of a pennant race.

More to come on Chacin’s injury as information becomes apparent.

UPDATE:

After today’s victory against the Reds, manager Craig Counsell told the assembled media that Jhoulys Chacin is likely to hit the injured list with a strained oblique. This would seem to be a similar injury to what recently beset Brandon Woodruff, who is supposed to miss about six weeks of action. There is no timeline yet for Chacin, but more will be known after he undergoes an MRI tonight. That’s now two starters down for the Cream City Nine, who will now almost surely have to acquire at least one initial out-getter in the coming days. — KWL