The Milwaukee Brewers (40-28) are leading the National League Central Division despite injuries to many players. Left-handed pitcher Tom Gorzelanny will be activated in the Brewers’ bullpen Saturday as a result of a series of roster moves made by the Brewers late Friday night. Gorzelanny had surgery in early December to repair tears to the rotator cuff and labrum of his left shoulder. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was concerned at first about Gorzelanny’s velocity, but has seen improvement in the last week. Gorzelanny made 10 appearances in the minors with a 1.15 ERA, 12 strikeouts and two walks over 15 2/3 innings. Last season, he made 43 appearances (10 starts) with the Brewers and had a 3.90 ERA, stuck out 83 and walked 31 in 85 1/3 innings.
The news is not as encouraging for Brewers’ right handed reliever Tyler Thornburg who was placed on the disabled list on June 7th with soreness in the elbow. The Brewers are still unsure what is causing the soreness, but an MRI showed a clean ulnar collateral ligament which rules out Tommy John surgery. Thornburg is at the Brewers’ Spring Training facility in Arizona to rehab and get into a throwing routine. Roenicke said that Thornburg could miss up to 15 games, but he does not believe it will take that long for him to rehab. Thornburg is 3-1 in 27 appearances with a 4.25 ERA over 29.2 innings.
Finally, right handed reliever Jim Henderson will be joining Thornburg in Arizona. Henderson has been on the DL since May 2nd with inflammation in his right shoulder. Roenicke does not know a projected return date for Henderson, but says he is progressing well. Hemderson is 2-1 this season with a 7.15 ERA over 11.1 innings pitched in 14 games.
The Brewers head to Arizona on Monday for a four-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team hopes to meet up with Thornburg and Henderson to evaluate their progress.
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