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Injury updates: Woodruff, Cain, Williams on the mend for the Brewers

Extended rehab and stiffness and tightness, oh my! 

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Minor injuries mean a few fan favorites haven’t been quite game-ready for Week 1 of spring training. Not to worry; they should be healthy by Opening Day. Here’s a quick rundown:

Devin Williams

Remember when not-yet Rookie of the Year Devin Williams was scratched from the best-of-three Wild Card series against the Dodgers? At the time, the injury was severe enough to sideline the impact player for some critical games. Williams has since been rehabbing. He received a full medical clearance back in October 2020. To say Williams is a promising reliever is an understatement. His just barely non-zero ERA in 2020, his infamous Airbender, and his mindset and trajectory make Williams arguably the best reliever in baseball. The Brewers are cautiously scheduling his return to prevent more severe injury. Williams has pitched in a few bullpen sessions during spring training. He won’t see Cactus League action until after the March 17 off day but should be available to pitch on Opening Day.

Lorenzo Cain

The Brewers will practice caution bringing Cain back to gameplay after what appears to be a “very minor” quad injury. Cain only played in only five games before opting out of the 2020 season, which is more reason for caution. The addition of Jackie Bradley Jr. will likely help manage the 35-year-old centerfielder’s playing time, though Craig Counsell has already confirmed that Cain will start at the position.

Brandon Woodruff

Brandon Woodruff began Week 1 of spring training with back stiffness but appears on his way back to game action. Woodruff held up well while throwing outside of a game scenario on Thursday and should be more than ready for April 1. If Woodruff gets the Opening Day rotation spot, it will make him the Brewers’ first consecutive Opening Day starter since Yovani Gallardo in 2014.