The Brewers won’t activate center fielder Lorenzo Cain from the 10-day injured list until at least July 1, manager Craig Counsell told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other reporters. Cain hit the IL on June 1 with a strained right hamstring – an injury that’s “significant,” according to Counsell. It’s been a rough year for Cain in terms of injuries, as he was on the IL earlier with a strained left quad and has only appeared in 31 games. The 35-year-old has hit .223/.322/.350 with three home runs and four stolen bases across 118 plate appearances. With Cain unavailable this month, the Brewers figure to continue turning to Jackie Bradley Jr. and Tyrone Taylor in center.
A few more injury updates from around the majors:
- Rays right-hander Chris Archer is hopeful he’ll return from forearm tightness in early July, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times relays. Archer reunited with the Rays on a one-year, $6.5MM contract in free agency, but he made just two appearances and combined for 4 1/3 innings before suffering this injury. Archer, previously with the Pirates, missed all of 2020 after undergoing thoracic outlet surgery.
- It appears the Twins will go without outfielder Kyle Garlick for the foreseeable future, as they announced that he’s going to the IL with a sports hernia. Minnesota is already without fellow outfielders Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, Luis Arraez and Jake Cave, who have all been on the shelf since May. The Twins recalled outfielder Gilberto Celestino to replace Garlick, who’s off to a .232/.280/.465 start with five home runs in 107 PA.
- Phillies shortstop Didi Gregorius will begin a Triple-A rehab assignment on Wednesday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com tweets. Gregorius has been out for almost a month with a right hip impingement, having not taken the field since May 12. Between the injury and his .229/.266/.364 line in 128 PA, it’s been a less-than-ideal campaign for Gregorius, whom the Phillies re-signed to a two-year, $28MM contract in the winter.
- The Astros have placed reliever Joe Smith on the IL with an ominous-sounding issue – right elbow soreness (via Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle). Houston recalled righty Brandon Bielak to take over for Smith, who has put up an uncharacteristically high ERA (6.23) in 17 1/3 innings. While Smith has only walked 4.8 percent of hitters, his second-lowest strikeout rate (18.1), a 23.1 percent home run-to-fly ball rate and a .414 batting average on balls in play against have worked against him.
Best wishes for Didi…he should have been a Yankee….thank you Hal.
dave frost nhlpa
And where do you play him? SS? And Gleyber at 2B and DJ at 1B.
Oh and trade Voit for Hader, right?
That’s what I thought you said.
But now with all of baseball slumping,you’d trade Torres or not sign DJ…
Go eat cake.
Torres should have been in LF.
Dave go eat a Snickers. You don’t make any sense when you’re hungry.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Well, I’d much rather have Didi than Odor.
If that was ever an option.
Which: never was.
In the big picture – even that wouldn’t be making all that much difference right now. If any. & Didi is on my “forever cool with” list. So I say that as a fan. But that’s a pretty light OPS, man. & his glovework has been slipping
We need bats. Not nostalgia.
No. He said none of that lolololol. Torres is a better 2B, and yes DJ at first.
yall can have him back lol
Cain is finished as a productive major league hitter….hasn’t been close to one since 2018. Should be a defensive replacement player at this point of his career
That dude is a pro. He isn’t close to done yet. Once he’s healthy, give him a month and we’ll see him back to being a really clutch dude on both sides. Especially in the post season. Big step up from JBJ that’s for sure.
At least Cain is only signed through 2022, but his deferred payments of $1M annually continue through 2027. Overall a good signing despite the way this season has gone.
In today’s three afternoon games, there were totals of 26 hits and 56 strikeouts. Jeesh. Can someone please send Wilmer Difo in to pitch?
How much of the future is foreseeable?
Feel bad for Joe Smith, seemed like a promising career, Astros have to revamp their pitchesrs due to “recent” allegations.
Feel bad for Joe Smith, seemed like a promising career, Astros have to revamp their pitchers due to “recent” allegations.
Oh boy, another year of fragile Lorenzo Cain to go.
I often wonder where the Phillies would be at had they signed Simien instead of Didi. Semien was their desired target and Didi has missed the majority of the season so far. Still love Didi though. Very easy to root for as a fan.
Ducky Buckin Fent
Semien has played pretty well against the Yanks. I can tell you that much. & I’ve been swapping out DJ for guys like Semien myself. I think that kind of stuff would be common around here.
It is certainly pretty easy to like having Didi Gregorius on your club, serious.
My guess is not much better.
I dunno. Look at Semien’s numbers. And he really improves the defense as well. The division is so close that a little change like that could make a major difference.