Craig Counsell said after Thursday night’s game that Corbin Burnes had been fighting some soreness in his lower back in recent days and tried to fight through it, before he ultimately had to leave his start against the St. Louis Cardinals early.
Today, that discomfort was diagnosed as an oblique strain, and it may effectively end his season, depending on how many games the Brewers have left to play. He was put on the 10-day injured list, with Ryon Healy taking his spot on the roster for the rest of this weekend’s games and J.P. Feyereisen getting the call as the team’s 29th man for today’s doubleheader.
RHP Corbin Burnes has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left oblique strain. INF Ryon Healy and RHP J.P. Feyereisen (29th man for DH) have been recalled from the Alternate Training Site. pic.twitter.com/iRiuRlwBoW— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) September 25, 2020
Burnes wasn’t scheduled to make another start during the rest of the regular season, so putting him on the IL now at least gives the Brewers the opportunity to fill the roster spot with someone who could help now. It does complicate things if the Brewers overcome the odds and make the postseason, though, as the IL stint would likely mean Burnes would at least miss the first round of the playoffs — if not more.
Corbin Burnes went on IL after getting results of MRI. If the Brewers advance, Craig Counsell said it's severe enough that they wouldn't expect him in the first round at all and second round is doubtful.— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) September 25, 2020
That would be a significant blow, since Burnes’ presence in a short 3-game series was what fueled a lot of the remaining optimism about the team’s chances — at least when it came to the first round. If the Brewers get there — and it’ll likely require winning at least 3 of the next 4 — they’ll have to do it without the guy who’s emerged as an ace over the last couple months.