Crew sending Knebel to DL with hamstring injury
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MILWAUKEE — An 8-0 loss to the Cubs hurt. Losing All-Star closer Corey Knebel hurt a whole lot more.
The Brewers will place Knebel on the 10-day disabled list on Friday, when he is scheduled to undergo an MRI to reveal the severity of a left hamstring injury suffered in the ninth inning Thursday night as Knebel was merely logging an inning of work in a lopsided loss. He collapsed on the mound after throwing a two-out pitch to Tommy La Stella and had to be helped off the field by a pair of Brewers athletic trainers.
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“It’s one game and it’s a tough loss and all that,” said Brewers starter Brent Suter, “but prayers are going out for Corey and his well-being. He’s in some pain right now.”
The Brewers will call up a reliever for Friday’s 7:10 p.m. CT game, when rookie Brandon Woodruff makes his first start of the season following two relief appearances.
The Brewers were in a 6-0 deficit when they called for Knebel, who needed work after not appearing in any of the Brewers’ previous four games. Knebel hit Javier Baez with a pitch before Jason Heyward launched a two-run home run to extend the lead. After Knebel struck out Ian Happ, the right-hander fell behind pinch-hitter La Stella, 1-0. Knebel went down on the next pitch, a check-swing strike.
Knebel hit the dirt and grabbed his left hamstring. As he was helped off the field, he was unable to put any weight on that leg.
“I didn’t see anything in terms of his landing that seemed different,” said Suter, who was watching from a television in the training room. “It just looked like his hamstring popped or something. I don’t know, but it’s not good news.”