On Monday and Tuesday of this week, the Milwaukee Brewers took a few tough injury hits while playing the Diamondbacks. On Monday, Brett Anderson had to leave his start in the second inning after injuring his knee. Then, on Tuesday, Daniel Vogelbach came out of the game after injuring his hamstring running the bases (and still managing to score). With the Brewers on the road, they waited until getting back home to get a better idea of how bad each injury is.
Daniel Vogelbach got the worse news, as his hamstring injury ended up being pretty significant. While it will just need rehab, he is expected to miss six weeks while recovering. It’s Vogelbach’s first time on the DL as a major league player, and he spoke yesterday on dealing with a significant injury for the first time.
The better news came for Brett Anderson, who had injured his knee. Dr. William Raasch diagnosed it as a right knee contusion, but he would only need 10 days to two weeks to recover (per Adam McCalvy). That would allow Anderson to return before the All-Star Break. Anderson went on the IL on June 22, so he would be eligible to return on July 2 against the Pirates. The Brewers were working with a six-man rotation when Anderson went down, so they have a bit of flexibility if they want to give Anderson a little more time, especially with the All-Star Break set for July 12-15. However, the Brewers also don’t have another off day until the All-Star Break, so the return of Anderson could help keep a tired pitching staff rested. Either way, it’s good news for Anderson and the pitching staff as a whole.