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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Brewers Injury Update: Matt Garza, Kyle Lohse, Jim Henderson


By on 8/21/2014 02:45:00 PM

Milwaukee Brewers starters Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza should both be returning to the rotation in time to help the team in another close NL Central battle. The same can't be said of reliever Jim Henderson, who has undergone shoulder surgery after a difficult season in which he has never really been able to find his form or his health.

MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports that Lohse is on course to return to the rotation next week, potentially on Tuesday at Petco Park, as the Brewers will need a fifth starter again then after being able to get by with four this week. Garza's target is some point in the first week of September as his oblique strain is a little more troublesome to return from than Lohse's ankle issue. According to McCalvy, manager Ron Roenicke said they would either have Garza make a rehab start or pitch a simulated game, but pointed out that as rosters will expand on September 1st, they don't have to worry about getting him to a certain pitch count.


Henderson will require four months of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery to clean up the labrum and rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Surgery had already looked likely when the decision was made last week to shut him down for the rest of the season. The former closer lost his job to Francisco Rodriguez in the spring and went on the DL in May with shoulder inflammation. Despite multiple setbacks, the 31-year-old did make nine rehab appearances in the minors but never recovered his velocity and it became clear he was not ready to pitch in the majors when his rehab concluded.

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