Brewers at Diamondbacks
The injury bug continues to plague the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will be without star center fielder A.J. Pollock for the next four to eight weeks due to an avulsion fracture in his left thumb. Jarrod Dyson and Chris Owings are expected to receive a bump in playing time in center for the Diamondbacks, who face the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday in the rubber match of their three-game series.
Arizona ace Zack Greinke threw six innings of one-run ball in Tuesday’s 2-1 victory, but the win was overshadowed by the injury to Pollock, who was hitting .293 and led the team in doubles (10), homers (11) and RBIs (33). “Losing A.J., the way he was playing, is a pretty big blow, but no one is going to feel sorry for us,” general manager Mike Hazen told reporters. “We’ve got to pick up and move on. We feel bad for A.J. He was in the midst of having a great season and he'll be back to continue that season at some point.” The Brewers fell to 4-2 on their 10-game road trip Tuesday despite another strong outing from Jhoulys Chacin. Second baseman Hernan Perez (wrist) did not start and reliever Jeremy Jeffress (stiff neck) was unavailable but both hope to play their regular roles in Wednesday’s series finale.
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PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Brandon Woodruff (1-0, 8.03 ERA) vs. Diamondbacks RH Matt Koch (2-1, 2.43)
Woodruff was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs in to start Friday at Colorado but allowed seven runs on nine hits over three innings. The 25-year-old was 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA in four starts at Colorado Springs but has struggled at the major-league level, allowing 19 hits in six games (two starts) across 12 1/3 innings. Woodruff has never faced the Diamondbacks.
Koch continued to impress with a strong outing against Washington on Friday, when he gave up three runs in eight innings and worked out of a two-on, no-out jam in the sixth. “He found himself squarely in the middle of a mess, and it’s one thing that continues to stand out for me, he doesn’t come unglued,” manager Torey Lovullo told reporters. The 27-year-old has provided a welcome boost to Arizona’s injury-riddled rotation, pitching at least five innings in all five of his starts.
1. Brewers OF Ryan Braun has missed the last two games due to back tightness and is listed as day-to-day.
2. Arizona recalled 1B Christian Walker from Triple-A Reno to take Pollock's spot on the roster.
3. Milwaukee C Stephen Vogt will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder this week.