Freddy Peralta, the starter for the Brewers today against the Giants, left the game in the third inning. The team disclosed that the right-hander is experiencing shoulder fatigue as his velocity dropped. After the game, manager Craig Counsell told the media, including MLB.com's Adam McCalvy, that Peralta will probably return to the 15-day injury list.
The 2021 All-Star, who already missed a significant portion of the year due to a lat strain, must find this development to be discouraging. He has had considerable difficulty sustaining his best form every fifth day since getting back from the IL.
Although it's undoubtedly not ideal, Peralta and Counsell said they weren't very worried about his long-term health. Initial assessments didn't show any structural issues, so the club is certain the problem is simply weariness.
Peralta confidently stated to reporters that he will pitch again this season, only needing some time to rest his arm, including Curt Hogg of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Peralta was unable to duplicate his 2.81 ERA from 144 1/3 innings played last season due to ailments. Although he's only been able to take the ball 15 times, he's still been quite productive when healthy, sporting a 3.45 ERA and an above-average strikeout percentage of 26.6%.
Aaron Ashby, who has been sidelined since August 20 due to shoulder soreness, is already absent for the Brewers. When left-hander Eric Lauer departed his start early and was later found to have an elbow strain, Milwaukee received another fright. A preliminary MRI proved positive, McCalvy reports tonight, and Lauer will have a full evaluation the next day.
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He hasn't been listed as injured by Milwaukee as of yet, so it appears there's still a chance he'll be able to start his next game.
The Brewers managed to win today's doubleheader with San Francisco despite Peralta leaving early. With about a month left on the schedule, that brought them to within 2 1/2 games of the Phillies for the National League's last Wild Card spot.