COMMENTARY | For those Milwaukee Brewers fans who also root on a fellow in-state professional team by the name of the Green Bay Packers, they are plenty familiar with injuries piling up. In 2011, the Packers used their great depth to help overcome over a dozen significant injuries to bring home the Lombardi Trophy. The Brewers can only hope they are bound for a similar fate, because the injury bug has bit early and often.
Among the list of Brewers currently on the disabled list are Mat Gamel, Mark Rogers, Jeff Bianchi, Aramis Ramirez and most recently, Chris Narveson, who sprained his middle finger on his throwing hand and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Jean Segura (quad) and Ryan Braun (neck) also missed time, and Segura appeared to turn his ankle on April 9 against the Chicago Cubs.
OK - players are dropping like flies, so all Milwaukee can hope for is that these players stay on course to return when expected. But that doesn't appear to be the case with infielder Taylor Green and first baseman Corey Hart.
Green (hip) began the season on the DL and was expected to play on April 10 according to assistant general manager Gord Ash. But Green apparently suffered a setback, which is bad news for a Brewer team that is in desperate need of infield depth (via Adam McCalvy of MLB.com). On April 8, backup catcher Martin Maldonado was starting at first, and the only healthy infielder on the bench was Josh Prince, who is an outfielder by trade. Yikes.
Moving on to Hart (knee), it's not that he necessarily suffered a setback, but in the past three weeks, Hart has gone from wanting to return in April to accepting he will return in May. And now, Hart has been moved from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL to make room for C/1B Blake Lalli on the 40-man roster. Lalli was called up from Triple-A Nashville after Milwaukee's game against the Cubs on April 8.
This means Hart isn't eligible to return until May 30. That's two months the Brewers will go without one of their most productive offensive players, not to mention a pretty good defender at first. The move at least allowed for Lalli to join the team and provide some bench help, but it's disheartening news for fans to hear that Hart will return later than many had thought.
The Brewers are learning about the importance of depth the hard way, but there isn't much they can do about rehab impediments. Heck, the injuries have been so bad, even manager Ron Roenicke was forced to make a visit to the hospital due to back spasms.
It's just been that kind of start to the season for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Dave Radcliffe is a resident of a little known Milwaukee suburb who contains an unhealthy amount of knowledge about Wisconsin sports. He has contributed to JSOnline and as a featured columnist among other sites and publications.
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