The Brewers have reinstated Eric Lauer from the IL, per a team announcement. The lefty was one of many Brewers to test positive for COVID-19 recently and was placed on the IL August 4th. Justin Topa was optioned to make room for him on the active roster, with John Curtiss going on the 60-day IL to create room on the 40-man roster.
Lauer has been a solid member of the Brewers’ staff this season, appearing in 15 games, starting 11 of them. In 69 1/3 innings, he has an ERA of 3.50, with a strikeout rate of 22.9% and walk rate of 8.9%, both of those rates being around league average.
As for Curtiss, he was recently traded from the Marlins to the Brewers. But just two weeks later, he was diagnosed with a torn UCL and may need to undergo Tommy John surgery. Although the 28-year-old is getting a second opinion before going under the knife, this IL placement guarantees that he will miss the remainder of this season. Before going on the IL, he had thrown 44 1/3 innings of 3.45 ERA ball between the two clubs.