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Rowdy Tellez fractures his finger shagging fly balls, now out another 3-4 weeks

Rowdy Tellez is going to be out for another 3-4 weeks with a fractured left ring finger.
Rowdy Tellez is going to be out for another 3-4 weeks with a fractured left ring finger.

CINCINNATI -- Rowdy Tellez's stint on the injured list is going to last much longer than originally anticipated.

The Milwaukee Brewers first baseman broke the tip of his ring finger on his left hand and tore the fingernail from his nail bed, necessitating 17 stitches, while shagging fly balls prior to Saturday's 3-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.

Tellez had already been on the IL with right forearm tightness and was expected to be reinstated to the 26-man roster on Tuesday when the Brewers open a three-game series at Philadelphia.

Now, he'll be sidelined for another three to four weeks as his finger heals.

"He's recovering today," said manager Craig Counsell on Sunday morning. "Just a freak accident."

Asked why Tellez was shagging fly balls in the first place, Counsell explained that just getting out into the outfield to do some running was part of his rehab and in the midst of simply trying to make a catch his finger became stuck in one of the seams in the wall padding.

Cincinnati has been rough on Milwaukee first basemen this season; Darin Ruf broke his right kneecap and also needed stitches after banging into the wall chasing a foul ball at Great American Ball Park on June 3.

There still isn't a timetable for his return.

Asked what the plans were going to be at first base moving forward, Counsell said Owen Miller will continue to receive the lion's share of the playing time.

"It's going to be Owen," Counsell said. "A lot of Owen."

It's been a nightmarish season to date for Tellez, who entered 2023 hoping to build on a 35-homer 2022 and instead is hitting just .213 with 11 home runs -- none since May 22 -- and an OPS of .672.

The Brewers also made a couple roster moves, placing third baseman Brian Anderson on the 10-day IL with a low-back strain and recalling infielder Jahmai Jones from Class AAA Nashville.

"I don't think it's as serious as what I had last year," said Anderson, who missed a month with a similar injury with the Miami Marlins in 2022. "It was just a freak thing where my foot slipped out during ground balls, so I'm hoping it's going to be very short-term.

"We're trending in the right direction."

With Anderson out, Andruw Monasterio made his third consecutive start at third base on Sunday.

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