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Brewers place J.B. Bukauskas on injured list, recall Ethan Small

Finger injury puts a likely end to Bukauskas’ season

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The Brewers announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have placed J.B. Bukauskas on the injured list and recalled Ethan Small from Triple-A Nashville.

Bukauskas is dealing with an injury to the tendon in his right ring finger. Five games remain in the regular season, and Bukauskas was unlikely to make a postseason roster, so his season is likely over.

Small joins the big-league roster for just the second time this season after appearing once out of the bullpen in May.

The 26-year-old was Milwaukee’s first-round pick in the 2019 draft, but control problems and an inability to develop a third pitch have stalled his development.

Those concerns prompted the Brewers to shift Small to a full-time relief role in Triple-A this year. He has pitched to a respectable 3.18 ERA and 3.93 FIP with the Nashville Sounds in 2023 but has limped to a 9.64 ERA and 5.95 FIP in 9 13 career MLB innings.

Small will serve as a low-leverage option out of the bullpen during the final days of the regular season. Because the Brewers have already clinched the NL Central, he could follow a starter as part of a tandem arrangement if the club wants to limit the workload of its established pitchers before the Wild Card round.