The Brewers announced on Monday that right-hander Justin Topa has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a left ankle contusion. To replace Topa, the Brewers recalled Jake Cousins from Triple-A Nashville.
RHP Justin Topa placed on the 15-day injured list with a left ankle contusion.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 3, 2022
RHP Jake Cousins recalled from Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/dG2b2jkFhs
The injury occurred in the seventh inning of Sunday's game against the Marlins when a comebacker hit off his ankle and bounced in the air for a base hit. He would exit soon after. This injury comes just five days after he was recalled following Adrian Houser going down with a groin injury. In seven appearances, Topa has given up four earned runs while striking out four. His 2022 campaign will end with a 4.91 ERA and 1.77 WHIP.
Jake Cousins continues his movement from Nashville and Milwaukee. Cousins, who was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on September 23rd four days after getting recalled, will finish off his season in Milwaukee. The right-hander has a 2-1 record and a 3.18 ERA in 11 games with the Brewers. With Nashville, he has given up just 15 hits and seven earned runs in 23 2⁄3 innings.
Just as close losses and runners left on base have defined the Brewers' second half, injuries to their pitching staff have played just as much of a role in their late-season struggles. If somehow the Brewers find themselves in the postseason come the end of the week, they will be without Topa for the Wild Card round.