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.
David Stearns on Brandon Woodruff, who threw to hitters yesterday: “Very pleased with how he felt after the outing, how his stuff looked. So I think the expectation now is sometime within the next week, we should be able to see Brandon Woodruff in a Major League game."— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 12, 2019
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.
Brandon Woodruff's pitch count is not built up. He will work in short stints at the outset. Whether that's at the start of a game or out of the 'pen, we'll see. https://t.co/bg90hUIW4l— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) September 12, 2019
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.