Brewers win 8-5, but another starter goes downWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers could find out today how severe Marco Estrada’s injury is.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers could find out today how severe Marco Estrada’s injury is. The Number-five starter strained his left hip flexor yesterday, while legging out a two-run double in the first inning of an 8-5 Brewers’ home victory over San Francisco.
Estrada says he’s hoping an MRI will not reveal any significant damage, and he can keep pitching. But it’s likely that the right-hander will miss at least his next start. And the so-called “next man up” – Triple-“A” Nashville starter Wily Peralta – has been struggling in the minors with a 1-5 record. Roenicke says it’s possible that a reliever will be called up, and Brewers’ left-handed reliever Manny Parra could move into Estrada’s place for now. It’s just another in a series of injuries for the Brew Crew this season. Estrada was replacing Chris Narveson, who’s out for the year after rotator cuff surgery.
Yesterday, Roenicke had to go to his bullpen in the second inning – and after a couple shaky frames, his relievers ended the game with five scoreless innings. All six Brewer pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts. Jose Veras got the win with two perfect innings. He’s 3-1. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save. And the Brewers hung on after scoring all eight of their runs in the first two innings. Jonathan Lucroy belted a two-run homer, and Aramis Ramirez had a three-run double, as the Crew avoided being swept by the Giants for three games. Milwaukee has the day off today, and will open a weekend series at Arizona tomorrow night.
The Brewers have acquired veteran infielder Cody Ransom to provide some extra offense at the shortstop position. The 36-year-old Ransom was claimed off waivers yesterday from Arizona, and the Brewers sent shortstop Edwin Maysonet back to Triple-“A” Nashville. Manager Ron Roenicke says it should provide some added offense in the absence of shortstop Alex Gonzalez. He’s out for the year with a torn A-C-L knee ligament, and he was moved yesterday from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day D-L. Cesar Izturis has been the main fill-in at short, and he’s only hitting .200. Ransom batted .269 in 17 games with Arizona this season with four homers and 14 R-B-I’s. He’s primarily a third baseman, but he’s played 100 games at short during his big league career. For his career, Ransom has batted .226 in 248 games with the Diamondbacks, San Francisco, Houston, Philadelphia, and the New York Yankees.