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:
#Brewers Travis Ishikawa to 15-day DL tomorrow, retro 5/26, w/left oblique strain. Brooks Conrad recalled from Triple-A Nashville tomorrow.
— Mike Vassallo (@MikeVassallo13) May 27, 2012
This was a nice way to put the latest injury bug bite into perspective:
So the Brewers now have two first baseman, two shortstops and two No. 5 starters on the DL. That’s some tough luck.
— Andrew Gruman (@AndrewGruman) May 27, 2012
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.