The Brewers get more bad injury news as Hunter Renfroe heads to the 10-day IL with a hamstring strain

Brewers rightfielder Hunter Renfroe beats the throw to Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro to score on Tyrone Taylor's two-run double in the second inning Monday.
Brewers rightfielder Hunter Renfroe beats the throw to Padres catcher Jorge Alfaro to score on Tyrone Taylor's two-run double in the second inning Monday.

SAN DIEGO - The hits just keep coming on the injury front for the Milwaukee Brewers.

And the latest bad news comes for the player who had been delivering plenty of hits himself.

Hunter Renfroe was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a strained right hamstring, the third key contributor to hit the injured list in the last week for the Brewers.

The Brewers rightfielder, who is hitting .266 with a .807 OPS and nine homers, suffered the injury scoring from first base on a double in Monday night’s game.

He is expected to miss “approximately” two weeks, according to Brewers manager Craig Counsell, while Renfroe himself was uncertain of a timetable to return.

“It could be 10 days, it could be four weeks. We don’t know,” he said. “Hopefully it’s 10 days. It depends on how I feel going forward. I’ll take some anti-inflammatory stuff and try to get that stuff out of there, and get some treatment and keep rolling from there. I’ll try to still do as much as I can on the field and the weight room to stay ready.”

The injury occurred the same day the Brewers found out that starting pitcher Freddy Peralta would miss a significant amount of time this year with a right posterior shoulder strain, though he is expected to return sometime in 2022. Shortstop Willy Adames is currently working his way back from a left high ankle sprain and closer Josh Hader is not with the team while tending to a family medical emergency.

“We’re gonna miss Hunter,” Counsell said. “Swinging the bat well or not, you’re a game away from swinging the bat well. He’s been a regular for us, a good presence. He’s been a really good offensive player for us. We’re gonna miss that for sure. And again, it challenges your depth.”

Mark Mathias had his contract selected from Class AAA Nashville and was activated prior to the game Tuesday against the Padres. The utility player, who appeared in 16 games with a .639 OPS for the Brewers in 2020, missed all of last season with a right shoulder injury. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster in November but has worked his way back to the big leagues by hitting .341 with a .974 OPS at AAA this year.

“It’s great, man,” Mathias said. “I went through a really major shoulder surgery. Last year at this time I was in Arizona rehabbing and I was there the whole year. It was very frustrating for me.”

Willy Adames to miss weekend series

Adames took batting practice and fielded grounders on the field Tuesday but a return this weekend in St. Louis has been ruled out.

“He’s doing good. He’s doing really good,” Counsell said. “I think he’s ahead of where we thought he would be at this point. But especially with this kind of injury, you have a choice of what percentage do you want him to play at?”

The answer for Milwaukee, evidently, is 100 percent as opposed to rushing him back at anything less.

The Brewers have been without Adames since last Sunday, when he suffered the injury sliding into home plate in Miami. He has hit nine homers, driven in 24 runs and recorded a .766 OPS while playing in every game prior to the injury.

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