Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month continues for Brewers injuries | Disciples of Uecker

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The Brewers’ May injury woes continue.

Before Sunday’s series finale against Arizona, it was announced that Travis Ishikawa had a strained oblique and probably needed a trip to the disabled list. That information seemed to be confirmed when Brooks Conrad was pulled from Nashville’s lineup before the Sounds began play. After the Brewers dropped the rubber match against the Diamondbacks, the move was officially announced:

This was a nice way to put the latest injury bug bite into perspective:

Ishikawa is the 6th Brewer to be placed on the DL in May, and the 9th to miss games due to injury. A quick rundown:

Mat Gamel, ACL
Alex Gonzalez, ACL
Carlos Gomez, Hamstring
Ryan Braun, Achilles
Rickie Weeks, Wrist
Marco Estrada, Hamstring
Cesar Izturis, Hamstring
Aramis Ramirez, Elbow
Travis Ishikawa, Oblique

George Kottaras may be the 10th player to go down — he was unable to finish Sunday’s game and was noticeably limping after trying to round third. Ron Roenicke called Kottaras’ injury a hamstring cramp on FS Wisconsin’s postgame show. If that wasn’t enough, Roenicke also mentioned that Kameron Loe was unavailable after feeling soreness in his elbow. Loe hasn’t pitched since throwing 2 innings on back-to-back nights against the Giants on May 22 and 23.

I’m having a hard time remembering a season that had this many injuries, let alone a single month. It’s caused the season to go off the rails. The Brewers got off to a slow start with an 11-12 April, but it was nothing to panic about at the time. Sunday’s loss dropped Milwaukee to 8-16 in May with four games left against Los Angeles, holders of the best record in baseball. The depth chart hasn’t just been tested by injuries this month, it’s been completely annihilated. Things are getting to the point where you just have to wonder what the Brewers did to anger the baseball gods.

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  1. doug says: May 27, 2012

    maybe they have tons of injuries but the starters were never doing that well at all accept braun, lucroy and hart

    • Jaymes Langrehr says: May 27, 2012

      That may be true, but at this point, they’ve lost so many players that replacement-level guys are going to be getting significant ABs. Hard to dig yourself out of a hole when the lineup quality drops off a cliff after the top five.

  2. Craig says: May 27, 2012

    Maybe the Baseball Gods were on the side of MLB and were mad about the Braun ruling?

    • Jess says: May 27, 2012

      While that seems to go against all logic, it’s somewhat uncharted territory for most teams. For instance, it’s difficult to say something like plate discipline would be affected, or pitch sequences etc…things will look distorted with so many marginal players taking on everyday roles. However, what if there is a small outside possibility off-season workout routines & conditioning maybe were affected enough to prompt an injury? I’m still not comfortable thinking in that direction , because it’s something we’d never find out unless players were willing to talk about it. But it’s certainly more useful than thinking about karma and jinxes and other similar things.

      (Sorry for the long-winded answer!)

  3. Matt says: May 28, 2012

    Qulaity reference to one of my favorite kids books. Alexander himself would look at the Brewers’ troubles and say “you know, maybe I don’t have it so bad.” Just wait until the players start going to bed with gum in their mouths and wake up with gum in their hair!

  4. Cnute says: May 28, 2012

    I think the injuries are an unfortunate answer to my prayers that Ron Roenike will stop playing old vets like Izturis & Ishikawa, so we can see what the younger guys can do. Sorry for the jinx, fellow Brewer fans!

    • BrewCrew4Evr says: May 29, 2012

      unfortunately, we have no young talent anymore….we traded it all away (LaPorta, Lowrie, Cain, Escobar, etc etc) for very short term pitching “success”.
      Seriously, our big prospects are not even close to big-league level talent. Its sad!

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