Veteran Brewers infielder Mike Moustakas is struggling to make his way back from a recent injury in the vicinity of his left wrist, as MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports on Twitter. The club is “not making progress” in getting Moustakas back to full health, says skipper Craig Counsell.
It’s a bit of a surprise to see Moustakas still dealing with what Counsell calls “significant pain.” At the time of the injury, indications were that he had avoided a notable malady. While Moustakas was able to appear in two contests in the interim, he has sat out six games completely and evidently still isn’t making progress despite the wrist.
There’s little doubt that the club would like to get Moustakas back in action. He is a key part of the Brewers roster and there’s still an outside chance of the club staging a dash back into the Wild Card picture. At the same time, there’s little reason to force the issue if he won’t be at full speed. Meanwhile, Moustakas is again preparing to enter the free-agent market. That comes with its own pressures — both to get back on the field and to avoid injury.
Surely, all interested parties would like to simply get to the bottom of the matter and gain some clarity. At this point, though, the next steps aren’t clear. Regardless of how things shake out on the injury front, Moustakas has turned in impressive work this season. Through 520 plate appearances, he’s slashing .260/.331/.522 with 31 long balls. He