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Milwaukee Brewers to place Zack Godley on Injured List, Eric Lauer will start on Thursday

The lefty gets another shot at cracking the Brewers’ rotation.

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With Brett Anderson hitting the Injured List with a strained hamstring, Zack Godley got the start today for the Milwaukee Brewers and looked to be in line for an extended chance to reestablish himself as a member of a big league rotation. Instead, he struggled (and received little help from the umpires) before leaving the game with an finger injury of his own that will send him to the IL. Now, the Brewers will have to make another roster move for an initial out-getter and will reshuffle their rotation heading into the upcoming series against Los Angeles.

Eric Lauer, 25, was pegged by many as a breakout candidate coming into 2020 after being acquired in a trade with the Padres and spending time at the pitching lab during the offseason. Instead, he suffered a shoulder injury (the serious extent of which wasn’t revealed until this spring) and pitched in only four games and 11.0 innings, yielding 16 earned runs. His velocity and command were both lacking this spring and he was optioned to the Alternate Training Site to start the year, and now will get another shot at establishing himself as the rotational building block that he was thought expected to be after posting a 4.40 ERA in 52 starts across two seasons for San Diego. Lauer does have a track record of success against the Dodgers.

Following Lauer will be Freddy Peralta, then Brandon Woodruff, then Corbin Burnes, and finally Adrian Houser starting again next Monday.

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference