The Brewers made a roster move prior to today’s series finale against the San Diego Padres, placing Gus Varland on the 15-day injured list and recalling Elvis Peguero from Triple-A.
RHP Gus Varland placed on the 15-day injured list with a right hand contusion.— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) April 16, 2023
RHP Elvis Peguero recalled from Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/dxQkRaWEg3
Varland was involved in a scary moment on Saturday when a line drive seemingly struck him in the head. Fortunately, he got his pitching hand up in time so that it absorbed most of the blow.
The Rule 5 pick underwent X-rays that came back negative, but he’s dealing with what is being characterized as a hand contusion. He’ll sit out the next two weeks while the injury heals.
The hard-throwing Peguero will take Varland’s spot in the bullpen for now, but the Brewers could cycle numerous relievers with options to fill that spot in his absence.
Peguero has posted a 2.45 ERA and 3.42 FIP in 7 1⁄3 innings for the Nashville Sounds to start his season.
In other injury news, Jesse Winker was a late scratch from the lineup today with right oblique tightness. Winker returned to the lineup yesterday after missing five games due to an illness.