In case you missed it, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reported Wednesday that Ryan Braun will spend the minimum time on the 15-day disabled list–and the timing for the Brewers couldn’t be any better.
Since the first game without Braun in the lineup on April 27, the Brewers are 3-6 and have scored three or fewer runs in six of nine games. In his absence, the Brewers needed players like Khris Davis and Aramis Ramirez to carry the load offensively, which is the exact opposite of what’s happened in that time frame. Braun’s injury and Davis’s struggles have forced Logan Schafer and Caleb Gindl into the lineup, who have combined for a -0.5 WAR in those nine games.
Here’s a look at how those four players have fared since April 27.
Braun’s return on Tuesday, doubled with the expectation that Davis and Ramirez won’t hit like this for too long, will give the Brewers offense a much-needed boost. Prior to his injury, Braun was hitting .318/.361/.591 with a 156 wRC+ in 97 plate appearances.
On top of the struggles of players like Davis, Gindl, and Ramirez, Carlos Gomez has his hearing on Friday to appeal a three-game suspension for his involvement in the bench-clearing brawl in Pittsburgh last month. When the suspension comes handed down, it could be that the Brewers have to roll with a Davis-Schafer-Gindl outfield combo–one worth -0.8 wins this season. Braun’s return could be timed just right to bridge that gap of terror.