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Orlando Arcia returns to lineup; Brandon Woodruff should be within next week

The budding Brewers’ ace will start out working in shorter stints

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

More reinforcements are on the horizon as Brandon Woodruff threw to hitters for the first time and passed the test. Evidently his stuff looked pretty good according to David Stearns. The timetable for his return to the mound in live game action should be sometime next week.

Do not expect Woodruff to log significant innings in the beginning. Craig Counsell and Company are going to have to work him back into pitching shape. That could come in the bullpen or as an opener. That remains to be seen. Nonetheless, Brandon Woodruff is coming back soon, and he will make for a welcome addition as the Brewers continue their surge into the playoffs.

Orlando Arcia also returned to the lineup today; he had been absent since Sunday after he left the game early for the birth of his twin daughters. The babies were born early and will remain in the hospital for now but are otherwise healthy.